Reflection, self-awareness & mutual understanding
We specialise in research, analysis, training and facilitation of dialogue to build confidence between communities affected by conflict. As well as working on a consultancy basis with different international and local organisations, we are also developing our own project portfolio.
Our transformative model of peacebuilding puts an emphasis on what we call the psycho-socio-political aspects of conflict in order to work with it more effectively and prevent repeated cycles of violence.
Such an analytical framework helps understand the psychological aspects of conflict which interact on different levels – on our psyche as individuals, as social beings belonging to various social groups and as political subjects.
See our article for Crisis Response Journal
We offer a transformational peacebuilding model that aims to build intellectual and emotional capital for peaceful social change. We believe that transformation on an individual level can influence change on the social and political levels.
For example, our training on ‘conflict-sensitivity’ focuses on the ‘human’ level, reflecting on the psychology of conflict and our individual and group roles in generating, perpetuating, escalating or de-escalating conflict situations. Understanding ourselves and others enables us to approach conflicts differently.
Our analysis acknowledges the role of perceptions, emotions and human subjectivity in driving and transforming conflict. Our interventions foster greater reflectiveness and critical thinking.
For example, we are currently studying how war trauma manifests itself on both individual and societal levels and how this may influence the dynamics of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, in order to propose more effective ways of working towards peace.
We believe that only by understanding the psychological, social, political, economic, ethnic, historical, gendered, cultural and other roots of conflict can we develop a conflict-sensitive vision and strategy to build sustainable peace.
For example, our report on 30 years of working with conflict in the Georgian-Abkhaz-South Ossetian contexts explores the interplay between multiple conflict dimensions, and how issues such as trauma, injustice, insecurity and unequal rights interact with geo-political and domestic political dynamics.