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Syria and Myanmar

Syria initiative

The Syria Initiative supports Syrian peace actors (both individuals and communities) in peacebuilding from the grass-roots level upwards, and in creating of peace networks within Syrian society. Started in 2014, the joint project between Felm and Syrian partners in Common Space Initiative is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Finnish parishes. As the policies and funding of international actors have great impact on the progress of the peace process, the Syria Initiative NGO supports advocacy to ensure that the voices and views of Syrian actors are heard in the local and international decision making.

Some of our key results include:

  • Women’s participation in the peace process on the different levels of conflict resolution has been strengthened
  • Neutral and safe spaces and opportunities have been created. There, people can discuss, build common understanding, solve problems, and build foundations for peace.
  • The ability of Syrian peace builders to act as local facilitators and mediators has been strengthened
  • The role of the media in conflict resolution is understood better; both as a positive and negative actor
  • Opportunities for Syrian peace builders to impact international decision making concerning Syria have been created

Myanmar 

An inclusive peace process is crucial for ensuring an effective and sustainable political and economic transition in Myanmar. Acknowledging the deep mistrust in Myanmar, we focus on supporting each of the main stakeholders in the process with knowledge resources, facilitation and advice. Finding ways to reconcile enemies and help them to become partners in peace is our core challenge and objective. In particular, we support the participation of ethnic groups and strengthen their capabilities for influencing the negotiation processes. The project is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Some of our key results include:

  • The opposing parties have participated in the creation of the framework for political dialogue, which has supported having a common vision for the peace process
  • The capacity of ethnic groups to negotiate and to maintain ceasefires has strengthened
  • Most ethnic minority groups and their leaders have been able to participate in the peace and dialogue process, despite all its complex challenges
  • Regional safety nets and informal discussion channels have been built to break deadlocks, to support strategic planning and to enable grassroots inclusion.