Description of initiative:
Conflicts today are of intra-state rather than inter-state nature. Alternative methods of diplomacy should be employed to increase the possibility of resolving conflicts. The goal of the Private Diplomacy Initiative (PDI) is to promote the practice of Track II mediation and conflict resolution within the international community. This approach will instigate a paradigm shift in foreign policy thinking and adapt it to a changing international environment. The conviction inherent is that NGOs are useful partners in a) bringing parties together for unofficial dialogue b) mediating between the parties to find solutions to conflicts which can be implemented by the international community c) providing support to mediation processes through expertise in professional mediation and/or geographic or thematic know-how d) concretely explaining of how mediation and dialogue based approaches can be of use through concrete research e) training in mediation f) building a global network of Track II organizations in order to synergize efforts share know how, and increase impact. The PDI works together with governments and regional organization to mainstream Track II mediation as a tool of alternative diplomacy. It seeks to create the financial instruments within international organizations to enable such work. It engages a network of learning and co-capacity building of like minded NGOs which regularly meets and cooperates on specific projects. The sharing of experiences results in the publication of a yearly Private Diplomacy Survey reflecting on the best practice and profiles of organizations. The PDI is based on a network of professional mediators who work together with high level personalities such as Martti Ahtisaari. PDI aims to produce a toolbox for international peace mediation. Through the PDI we respond to growing requests from the state and non state actors in assisting them to resolve conflicts.
Description of innovation:
The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is the first organization that has managed to employ a specific multi- track diplomacy effort which resulted in the Helsinki Agreement (the Aceh Peace Agreement), which has been developing into a sustainable peace process. No organization has yet applied such an approach nor developed an approach and methodology that builds on this experience. This work is inspired by the work of our chairman Martti Ahtisaari, but seeks to create a new generation of peacemakers in this world, by creating a global network of highly qualified peace mediators. The Private Diplomacy Initiative (PDI) intends to work towards constructive conflict resolution and sustainable peace involving actors from governmental and non-governmental levels in peace processes. This approach will instigate a paradigm shift in foreign policy thinking and adapt it to a changing international environment. It will create a more conducive environment for dialogue processes at the highest level.
Effective private diplomacy will create sustainable peace processes. The final beneficiaries of the private diplomacy initiative are war torn societies. Care must be taken to monitor peace processes and to continue to support local societies after a peace agreement has been reached and a peace process has been instigated. Even though following a peace agreement, governments will have to ensure the civilian monitoring of such, we aim to instill a support scheme to continue to provide support to effective implementation of such.
Key operational partnerships:
The Crisis Management Initiative is a bridge building initiative. Our partnerships with governments, civil society organizations and NGOs are central to the success, and we invest much effort in nurturing these. The systematizing and structuring of these partnerships are an integral element of the strategy of our organization and the Private Diplomacy Initiative. The Private Diplomacy Initiative has forged a close partnership through the Private Diplomacy Network with six key organizations active in Track II processes: the Berghof Foundation for Peace Support (BFPS), The Carter Center (CC), Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDCentre), Community of Sant'Egidio, The Olof Palme International Center and Toledo International Centre for Peace (TICpax). It seeks to create a confidential and trusting learning environment between these organizations. The Private Diplomacy Initiative is beginning to build partnerships with Universities such as the Masters in Mediation Program of the University of Frankfurt to increase the production research and analysis in the field of linking traditional methods of mediation with those adapted to the international context. Through our work our organization has built strong and important partnerships with governments and regional organizations such as Finland, Sweden, the EU and building partnership with ASEAN and the AU.