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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 contributing to Stability and Peace) and EPLO, and managed by EPLO in co-operation with the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The third phase of the CSDN will last from 2017 to 2020. 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 (2014-2017).

Click here to read the report of an independent evaluation of the second phase of the CSDN (2014-2017).

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

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Latest Event


Peacebuilding Advocacy towards the EU

Type Training Seminar
Date 29-30 June 2017
Venue Brussels
Short Description The training seminar will analyse the EU’s institutional capacity regarding conflict prevention and peacebuilding. It will enable the participants to increase their understanding of the EU as a foreign policy actor, learn about obstacles and potential of the EU to do effective peacebuilding and provide them with concrete examples of advocating for more effective policies and programmes on conflict prevention and peacebuilding at EU level.

The training seminar will not address EU funding opportunities but will focus on EU policy on peace and conflict and advocacy towards the EU on these issues.

Useful Links For more information about this event, please click here or contact Susanne Wander.

Previous Events

Geographic Meeting (Workshop) – Assessing international responses to the conflict in Syria (March 2017, Brussels)

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

Member State Meeting – La France face à la stratégie globale de l’UE: Quelles approches en matière de prévention des conflits et diplomatie économique? (March 2017, Paris)

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

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

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

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