Our Approach to Peacebuilding?
- working with and through our partners
- bottom-up: supporting the dialogue processes at the local level and enhancing their linkages to the formal national and international peace processes
- conflict sensitivity
- human rights based approach
Felm cooperates in peacebuilding with local partners in eleven countries, such as Myanmar, Syria, Nepal, Israel and Palestine and Zimbabwe. The aim of our peacebuilding work is to promote just peace. Justice, local ownership and broad participation are the absolute requirements for lasting transformation from conflict to peace. When peace has a strong and just foundation it can prevent the outbreak of further conflict or the emergence of new conflicts. We make sure that the participation of women, minorities and vulnerable groups in peacebuilding is ensured.
We strengthen our partners’ capacity for peacebuilding in their communities and societies.
The support for dialogue processes is at the heart of our peacebuilding work. We emphasize that the dialogue must happen at the local and national level and through the local and national actors. We strengthen the capacity of our partners to plan and manage dialogue processes, to support their participation in international processes and influence in the relevant decision-making processes for peace. Through international advocacy, we affect the international community and underline its role and responsibility in building sustainable peace.
Our aim is to increase peacebuilders’ capacity for and understanding about psychosocial support and its linkages to peacebuilding, reconciliation and dialogue processes. During and after the conflict, the relationships, rules, trust and bonds between people and within communities and societies are broken. Restoring the formerly existing social fabric, building trust among the people and communities, and strengthening everyday coping mechanisms are essential for a lasting peace.