Course: National Dialogue & Peace Mediation (Swisspeace, Basel)

National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course 29 January – 2 February 2018, Basel (Switzerland)

Today’s peace processes are highly complex, as currently seen in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. Peace mediation and national dialogue are widely recognized as two relevant avenues for the peaceful settlement of conflicts.

Peace mediation processes are assisted negotiation processes, often with limited participation and a focus on questions of power-sharing. National dialogues, in contrast, aim to provide a space to discuss a broader range of issues relevant to the wider society, expand participation beyond political and military elites and rebuild relations among different actors. The two concepts are closely interlinked as national dialogues can be set up before, during or after peace mediation processes.

Would you like to learn from experts how to design and support effective mediation and national dialogue processes? In their jointly organized 5-day course, swisspeace and the Berghof Foundation offer you a unique hands-on training in dialogue and mediation skills.

Reflect on lessons drawn from previous cases, exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice!


  • Roxaneh Bazergan, Mediation Support Unit, UNDPA
  • Katia Papagianni, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • Dr. Oliver Wils, Berghof Foundation
  • Luxshi Vimalarajah, Berghof Foundation
  • Dr. Sara Hellmüller, swisspeace
  • Corinne von Burg, swisspeace

Further information and registration: flyer


University of Basel
Centre for African Studies
Rheinsprung 21
CH-4051 Basel
Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 34 82