Examples of Funding from the Focus Area Peace
Here, you will find selected projects from the focus area of peace that were made possible with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
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Examples of Funding
...to enable access to social media and professional debate training. The Robert Bosch Stiftung supported a series of debates on positive discrimination in favor of women in the region, attracting participants from Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. These debates allow any Internet user to upload a 90-second statement either in favor or against positive discrimination. The project systematically goes in to rural areas and holds workshops to encourage groups that are usually excluded - often young people, women, and minorities - to get involved in the debate. The most persuasive statements are selected in an online poll, with their authors winning a special training session. In the final, the winners are given the opportunity to take part in a professional TV broadcasted debate in front of a live audience and state their case in the company of established opinion leaders. As a result, a section of society that previously had very few opportunities to take part in societal and political discourse is given both a voice and the chance to practice peaceful debate.
Democracy Reporting International
...supports international expert missions that advise the members of the country’s constitutional review committee and promote the needs of civil society within the new constitutional framework. The aim is to help bridge the gap between constitutional theory and practical state building.
Cambodian Tribunal Monitor
Many young Cambodians don’t know about this chapter in their country’s history, and numerous contemporary witnesses have given up hope of those responsible ever being brought to justice. The Cambodia Tribunal Monitor is trying to change all that. The team, which is led by David Scheffer, broadcasts, archives, and provides commentary on the oral testimony in the court and offers political, historical, and judicial information and education in both rural communities and the nation’s colleges. The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports the process of coming to terms with this dark chapter in Cambodian history and works to encourage a functioning state based on the rule of law.
Good Water Neighbours
...have to work together to find solutions. Cooperation is hampered by the ongoing separation on ethnic grounds between the peoples of the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as tensions between their respective governments and administrative bodies. EcoPeace Middle East (formerly Friends of the Earth Middle East) has managed to promote cooperation between Jordanian, Israeli, and Palestinian administrative bodies, decision-makers, citizens, and communities in terms of the problem of scare water resources and improving the ecosystem - especially in regards to water quality. Despite fierce resistance on all sides, EcoPeace Middle East keeps chalking up astonishing successes; linking the lack of resources with neighborly cooperation and understanding in conflict regions constitutes an extremely promising approach. With the implementation of the Good Water Neighbors method in Bosnia and Herzegovina, communities from both ethnic groups are learning to work together to tackle cross-border environmental problems. By training young people from both groups, the next generation is familiarized with the problem and given the tools they need to solve the issue of water pollution. Taking its inspiration from what has been achieved in the Middle East, the project aims to use cross-border cooperation on environmental issues to help promote understanding and reconciliation between the Serbian and Bosnian populations and their administrative bodies.
In 2010, a promising dialog process was initiated by a group known as the "Tekali Actors." Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian NGOs are all involved in the process, which is presided over by a six-person committee. There are certain parallels between the conflicts in the western Balkans and the South Caucasus. Despite the tensions that exist between countries and ethnic groups, various initiatives in the Balkans have gathered expertise in dealing with nationalism and in promoting understanding and reconciliation. The project aims to foster the peace process in the South Caucasus by bringing together civil organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia with experts from southeastern Europe so that they can pursue a constructive dialog and develop potential solutions and project ideas for dealing with nationalism. As part of a cross-regional knowledge-transfer process, best practices and other experience gained in southeastern Europe are passed on to the Tekali Actors from the South Caucasus. Furthermore the project aims to cement the role of Tekali as a center for peace in the long term. The experts from the Balkans, meanwhile, have the opportunity to critically reflect on the processes in their own region and use them to promote positive outcomes.
Mitrovica Rock School
...serves as an interethnic platform, with its various programs enabling young people from both sides of the city to come together. An annual summer school is held in Skopje, during which approx. 40 young musicians from northern and southern Mitrovica form mixed bands and give a large open-air concert. These bands remain together once the young people have gone back to Mitrovica. As part of the Ambassador Band Program, exceptionally gifted musicians from northern and southern Mitrovica are selected for a mixed band, with the members meeting each other for the first time at the summer school. They then perform together in Mitrovica before going on tour - both in the region and farther afield in Western Europe.
...that transcends borders and ethnic boundaries as well as knowledge of the methods involved in dealing with the past. A nuanced view of southeastern European history is essential if the region is to achieve lasting peace and political stability. In a bid to prompt a debate on remembrance in the Balkans, Documenta began organizing research trips to memorial sites in Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. These visits aim to foster a cross-border dialog on the shared history of the region while making the participants aware of a nuanced view of the past and encouraging them to develop cultures of remembrance. These research trips attract professors; students; representatives of youth organizations, NGOs, and human rights organizations; museum and memorial site staff; journalists; and filmmakers from the three countries mentioned. The participants are familiar with issues related to dealing with and remembering the past.
Peace Operations and Local Conflict Resolution: Lessons and Best practices from the Grassroots
Local conflict-resolution mechanisms, which are often informal and traditional, tend to be more successful here. If the work carried out by the UN and other international players is to bear fruit, then there has to be a place for these local mechanisms. In this project, an in-depth analysis of lessons learned in Central Africa will be performed in order to draw conclusions for the work of the international community on the ground. Starting in two pilot countries, the project aims to foster better use of the potential offered by local conflict-resolution mechanisms. Furthermore, the goal is to advise the UN in light of the upcoming development process for a handbook on how to better combine international approaches with local involvement.
Transitional Justice in Tunisia and Egypt and Dealing with the Past
Tunisia is setting a good example within the region, both in terms of a debate on the wrongs committed and how to deal with the perpetrators, as well as in terms of including civil organizations in the process. The constitution, a transitional justice law (including the establishment of the Transitional Justice Ministry), and the Truth and Dignity Commission were all implemented following a wide-ranging debate that included a host of civil organizations. Even if the processes have not yet lived up to all expectations, Tunisia is dealing with the past in a way that is uniquely inclusive for the region and, compared to other societies, exhibits a relatively stable post-conflict social order. The situation in Egypt is far more fragile. The country finds itself at a fork in the road, with many of those involved dissatisfied and disillusioned. As a result, the process of transformation is in danger of coming undone. This project aims to promote an inter-Arab forum that cements the processes described in Tunisia while prompting similar ones in Egypt. Furthermore, it aims to help foster a wider debate within society and raise awareness of transitional justice processes in both countries, thus boosting their chances of success.