Project information

The Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

Comprised of organizations committed to upholding and implementing the Principles of Conflict Transformation, the GCCT seeks to raise awareness about – and secure greater support for – conflict transformation, whilst facilitating theoretical/policy-oriented debate and the sharing of best practice.

Open-ended

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  • Need

    Need

    Conflict Transformation - as distinct from conflict resolution or management - is relatively novel approach to contending with conflict. Many organizations working in violence- or war-affected areas, however, lack access to networks of support, particularly theoretical and policy-oriented debates about the methodologies and tools of conflict transformation. In addition, there is a lack of understanding about conflict transformation amongst a range of domestic and international actors.

    Solution

    The GCCT provides a platform for organizations working in the field of conflict transformation to co-operate more closely with each other, thereby catalyse the sharing of best practice between practitioners and the initiation of joint projects. The GCCT also advocates for greater support for conflict transformation efforts, and lobbies for the principles and approaches of conflict transformation to be incorporated into the policies and activities of governments/international organizations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise awareness about the principles of - and approaches to - conflict transformation globally.

    Activities

    » Recruit local non-profit organizations from throughout the world working in the field of conflict transformation;
    » Promote the Principles of Conflict Transformation, which will be regularly revised and updated by members of the Coalition;
    » Offer small grants to Coalition members to implement conflict transformation projects.

    Improved understanding about conflict transformation amongst a variety of actors.


    Aim 2

    Establish closer cooperation between organizations working in the field of conflict transformation.

    Activities

    » Present insights into the types of projects and initiatives being undertaken by members of the Coalition;
    » Provide a platform for the development of conflict transformation thereby creating a framework for joint actions;
    » Form country-based and regional sub-networks that will catalyse the exchange of best practice.

    The development of joint initiatives based upon the sharing of best practice between organizations engaged in conflict transformation efforts.


    Aim 3

    Reduce the gap between theory and practice to further the development of methodologies/approaches.

    Activities

    » Link universities/think tanks with local organizations engaged in conflict transformation efforts on the ground;
    » Commission research into under-explored aspects of conflict transformation efforts.

    Regular exchanges of ideas and perspectives between academia and local conflict transformation organizations.


    Aim 4

    Principles of Conflict Transformation incorporated into policies and activities of governments/IOs.

    Activities

    » Advocate for the Principles of Conflict Transformation to be observed by governments and international organizations in their daily-work;
    » Lobby for greater support - both diplomatic, in-kind and financial - to be given to conflict transformation efforts.
    » Promote conflict transformation through a series of advocacy campaigns through both traditional and social media.

    Declarations by governments and international organizations upholding the Principles of Conflict Transformation.


    Aim 5

    Improve understanding about the Principles of, and approaches to, conflict transformation.

    Activities

    » Offer conflict transformation education and training to a variety of actors, including governments, IOs, civil society and the media;
    » Disseminate a range of conflict transformation educational resources to schools, universities, civil society and the media.

    Greater use of the Principles of Conflict Transformation in the coverage of violence- and war-affected areas by IOs, governments, civil society and the media.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Over the long-term, the GCCT will help change not just the approaches taken, and methodologies used, by various actors dealing with conflict, but the ways of thinking about and understanding conflict itself. This will be demonstrated by an observable shift in the policies of governments/international organizations, media reporting of conflict, the growth of academic interest in the field and the emergence of new civil society organizations focused on conflict transformation.

    Risk

    The challenges of establishing such a Coalition lie in ensuring its long-term sustainability and reaching consensus positions on key issues. TransConflict has endeavoured to mitigate such risks by requiring the all organization's applying to join the Coalition agree to endorse and uphold the Principles of Conflict Transformation, which provide a sound philosophical basis for the Coalition's future activities and initiatives.

    Reporting

    Regular updates about the activities of the Coalition and its members will be available on the TransConflict website. All member's of the Coalition will have the opportunity to give their feedback on the Coalition's work; feedback which will be made available directly to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Trainings - Eastern Africa Conflict transformation trainings in Eastern Africa
      £3,000 Small Grants - Eastern Africa Conflict transformation projects in Eastern Africa
      £3,000 Trainings - Balkans Conflict transformation trainings in the Balkans
      £3,000 Small Grants - Balkans Conflict transformation projects in the Balkans
  • Background

    Location

    The Global Coalition is comprised of organizations from throughout the world - including Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland. The initial conflict transformation trainings will be organized in the Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo) and Eastern Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda).

    Beneficiaries

    The project will benefit those organizations directly involved in conflict transformation efforts, plus the beneficiaries of those very projects. Governments and international organizations will benefit from having a reliable, well-informed partner with whom to work with on the implementation of projects, and the development of policy. Universities, think tanks and the media will have an invaluable resource for insight and analysis into the root causes and drivers of conflict.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TransConflict has in-depth experience undertaking conflict transformation projects and research. TransConflict's approach to conflict transformation is underpinned by the Principles of Conflict Transformation - which are available on-line at - http://www.transconflict.com/advocate/principles-of-conflict-transformation/ - which guide all TransConflict's work.

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    People

    Ian Bancroft

    Responsible for leading development and implementation of the initiative, including its promotion to conflict transformation organizations worldwide.

    Mirjana Kosic

    Responsible for the Coalition's development in the Western Balkans, including engagement of organizations from Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia etc.

    Mladen Stojadinovic

    Drafted the Principles of Conflict Transformation, which all aspiring members of the Coalition are required to endorse and uphold.