International Commitment

The Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution is strongly committed to the development of national and international conflict resolution. 
One of the hopes for the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution is to develop relations with other actors who work in the field of conflict resolution. 
As a point of departure for further international cooperation we present these pages in English. 
The goals of these pages are to give a brief presentation of the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution and an insight into our activities and the methods we use in the field of conflict resolution.

In brief, the goals and hopes for this international cooperation are:

  • To share knowledge and experience.
  • To be inspired by people who work under different conditions, and to inspire others.
  • To cross cultural boundaries- explore differences, understand other discourses and to learn from conflict resolution in different societal contexts.

In recent years the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution has participated in numerous internationally oriented activities.  Among these activities are:

Cooperative projects:

  • A cooperative project was initiated in 1999 with Tibetan exiles in the Indian city of Dharamsala.  The collaboration started as a workshop in connection with the establishment of the Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution and continued in the years 2004 and 2005 when the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution concluded an educational program on adult education for teachers at the Tibetan Transit School, a refuge school in Dharamsala.
  • Training of Romanian police officers in conflict resolution, with a focus on dealing with ethnic minorities especially the Romani minority. The project was conducted in collaboration with the Danish Human Rights Institute and ran from 2003 untill 2006. Follow up contact was done in 2007, with a seminar on mediation in Romania, and again in 2008 in connection with the establishing of PATRIR, the Peace Action, Training and Research institute of Romania.

Visits from, and to, other centers and actors on the international scene:

  • Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre, Bethlehem (2008)
    The Director and the Youth-coordinator from the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre visited Denmark. The Centre works for peaceful coexistence between Palestine and Israel but also for peaceful conflict resolution within the Palestinian community.
  • Combatants for Peace (2009)
    Israeli and Palestinian individuals, who have been actively involved in the cycle of violence in the area as either soldiers or as a part of the Palestinian liberation movement,  have started a joint organization working actively for peace in the area.
  • Department of Justice,  Victoria, Australien (2007)
    Researching alternatives methods for conflict resolution, Penny Armytage and Liana Buchana, visited the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution as part of a European roundtrip.
  • Study trip to South Africa (2010)
    A study trip organized and conducted by the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution. Yet another trip is planned for 2011 to follow up on the contacts established in the 2010 trip. Among these contacts are the Cape Town Centre for Conflict Resolution and the Desmond Tutu Peace centre, also in Cape Town
  • Reform of the Legal System in Greenland (2008)
    A delegation from Greenland’s parliament seeking to learn from the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution’s experience with educating conflict mediators, visited the centre and future collaborations were planned.
  • The Australian Family Mediation Centre, Newcastle (2009)
    A visit from Charlotte Thaarup-Owen, who spoke of her experiences with mediation in divorces where there are children involved.  Australia introduced a law in July of 2008 that states that no decision is to be taken by the courts without a prior process of family mediation.

Research Projects:

  • The Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution has participated in two European Union research projects on violent radicalization in collaboration with the Change Institute in London. The projects wielded two reports:
    • Studies on Violent Radicalization- beliefs, narratives and ideologies
    • Preventing and responding to violent radicalization- civil society best practice

Asad Ahmad, a teacher at the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution, worked on the two projects. He is also a member of the European network of Experts on Violent Radicalization.

17/6-2010, Erik Helvard, the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution