EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

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Latest event

Title Supporting national dialogue processes: needs and challenges
Date Tuesday 4 September 2018
Time 12:30-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


National dialogue has gained traction as a mechanism for inclusive and participatory conflict transformation. Following political upheavals and transitions, a number of national dialogue initiatives such as the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) in Yemen have brought together conflict stakeholders beyond the elites to develop a social contract and have received support from the EU and other international actors.

The Berghof Foundation has engaged conceptually and practically with this tool for conflict transformation in its National Dialogue Handbook project, through which it co-produced a practical guide with comparative lessons learned, policy guidelines and options for process design and implementation. The project continues to develop training materials and as a means to address support requests from conflict contexts.

In this Brown Bag Lunch discussion, Luxshi Vimalarajah and Véronique Dudouet from Berghof Foundation will share insights and lessons learnt from their ongoing work and draw on examples from Afghanistan and Mali, reflecting on how needs-based support may be provided and what challenges are involved.

Luxshi Vimalarajah, Director of the ‘Mediation and Dialogue Support’ Programme, is in charge of the national dialogue stream of work at the Berghof Foundation. She is involved in designing and facilitating dialogue and mediation processes and providing training and on-demand support for negotiators, advisors, special envoys and mediators involved in peace negotiations.

Véronique Dudouet, Director of the ‘Conflict Transformation Research’ Programme, manages collaborative research projects on resistance and liberation movements, negotiations and third-party intervention in asymmetric conflicts and inclusive political and security transitions. She provides policy advice and training seminars for/with conflict and peacebuilding stakeholders as well as consultancy research for civil society organisations, international agencies and European institutions.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion with participants.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


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26/06/2018: Conflict Sensitivity: Challenges, Opportunities and Gaps for Actors on the Ground (Maya Assaf-Horstmeier, World Vision International)


22/05/2018: The Inside Story of the Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine (Dr Anna Matveeva)


06/03/2018: Unarmed Civilian Protection: Global needs, Opportunities and Challenges (Tanya Walmsley, Huibert Oldenhuis and Delsy Ronnie, Nonviolent Peaceforce)


27/02/2018: Training Central African troops on International Humanitarian Law – Lessons learnt for CSDP (Cynthia Petrigh, Beyond Peace)

22/02/2018: Reducing Violent Extremism Abroad: What Works? (Dr. Rebecca Wolfe, Mercy Corps and Chiara Galletti, International Alert)

20/02/2018: Early action and the Responsibility to Protect: exchange of views with civil society (Ivan Šimonović, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect)

08/02/2018: After the Summit: what’s next in post-Abidjan AU-EU relations in 2018? (Elissa Jobson, International Crisis Group)


25/01/2018: Peace and Stability Strategies for the Private Sector in Afghanistan (Rabia Nusrat, International Alert)

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