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.