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Civil Society Dialogue Network

The Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) is a mechanism for dialogue between civil society and EU policy-makers on issues related to peace and conflict. It is co-financed by the European Union (Instrument for Stability) and EPLO, and managed by EPLO in co-operation with the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The second phase of the CSDN will last from 2014 to 2016. It will contribute to strengthening EU and civil society capacity to anticipate, analyse, prevent and respond to threats to stability and human development posed by violent conflict and crisis.

CSDN events (conferences, seminars and workshops) are open to all interested civil society actors and take place in Brussels, EU Member States and conflict-affected countries with EU presence. They focus on:

  • geographic and conflict-specific situations (including an early response element) and conflict analysis
  • strategic, policy-making and programming aspects of peace-building and conflict prevention
  • transversal thematic issues relating to conflict prevention and peace-building.

EPLO will produce background material, including briefing papers, reports, and policy papers. Updates on the CSDN will also be disseminated via the EPLO Conflict Prevention Newsletter.

Click here to download the European Commission’s press release on the launch of CSDN I.

Click here to download an overview of the CSDN. (Version française)

Click here to read all the publications from the first phase of the CSDN (2010-2013).

Click here to read all the publications from the second phase of the CSDN (2014-2016).

For more information about the CSDN, please contact Ben Moore.

Latest Publications

Latest Event


France and the implementation of the EU Global Strategy: A look at conflict prevention and economic diplomacy

Type Member State Meeting
Date 13 March 2017
Venue Paris, France
Short Description Fifteen years after the adoption of the EU Programme for the Prevention of Violent Conflicts (also known as the ‘Gothenburg Programme’) and almost ten years after the Lisbon Treaty enshrined conflict prevention as a key goal of the EU external action, the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy provides a major opportunity for the EU and its Member States to close the implementation gap in its support to conflict prevention.

This meeting looked at the implementation of the EU’s commitments on conflict prevention, with one session looking at the state-of-play after the publication of the EU Global Strategy and a second one looking particularly at the EU’s role in addressing the economic dimensions of conflicts.

Useful Links For more information about this event, please contact Colin Cogitore or Anna Penfrat.

Previous Events

Training Seminar – Advocacy towards the EU on Funding for Peacebuilding (March 2017, Brussels)

For more information about this event, please contact Susanne Wander.

Geographic Meeting – How to make the peace processes in Ukraine more inclusive? (February 2017, Vienna)

For more information about this event, please contact Nabila Habbida.

The EU in International Peacebuilding Meeting – Implementing the Responsibility to Protect principle: UN, EU and civil society perspectives  (February 2017, Brussels)

For more information about this event, please contact Colin Cogitore.

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