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Approaches to Reconciliation Work

Training Seminar

, - Kobuleti, Georgien

European Intercultural Forum e. V.


Peace-building and conflict transformation are increasingly popular concepts in local and international youth work, particularly in post-violent settings in Eastern and South Eastern Europe, but adapted concepts also gain ground addressing community conflicts in Western Europe. Most of the approaches in use focus on people-to-people approaches bringing young people from conflicting communities together. However, they often do not address directly the violent past and the resulting deeply rooted negative imagines towards the other conflict party.

On the contrary, approaches to reconciliation and dealing with the past do particularly focus on this. The emphasis of reconciliation work is in creating space for changing and re-defining relationships of conflicting parties in a dynamic and adaptive process aimed at building and healing (Lederach 2001). Thus, reconciliation is a deep and wide process that focuses on all people directly or indirectly affected by current or past conflicts questioning attitudes and negative stereotypes about the “enemy” and believes about our history and the role we took/ take in the conflict.

By introducing the concept of reconciliation and dealing with the past to youth based organisations who by now are not familiar with both aspects of peace-building processes, the project aims to contribute to sharing practises in the sphere of youth work and to raise awareness for the diverse nature youth work can take particularly in the challenging field of conflict transformation.


- To inspire and empower young people to build bridges of mutual understanding among cultures and countries

- To enhance grass-root potentials for reconciliation work in the participating countries

- To plan youth-led follow-up projects dedicated to reconciliation work in order to strengthen grass-root conflict transformation processes


- Peace-building and conflict transformation

- Project planning for reconciliation work on local, regional or international level

- Fundraising for youth projects

Applicants should already have an idea on which topic they would like to work and to develop a follow-up project. The course will mainly focus on developing small scale youth-led projects that the participants want to implement after the course.

Countries involved: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

Conditions: As the project receives funding by the Erasmus+ Programme, accommodation and food will be provided by the organisers. 80% of the travel costs to the venue and back will be reimbursed up to the maximum of the amount indicated by the distance calculator provided by the EC. Administrative fee: 24 EUR

Each applicant has to fit the following profile:

- At least basic knowledge of approaches to conflict transformation and youth participation

- Current involvement in a NGO or social initiative as a volunteer, educator, youth leader or staff member working on local or international level on social change processes or peace-building

- Readiness to participate in a mutual learning process in an intercultural environment

- Good level of English to follow the training course and readiness to fully participate in the course

- Young people to be aged between 20 to 27 years old

To apply to participate in this project, you have to be living in Germany. Please send a short CV and a motivation letter to eif.germany@googlemail.com. Please mention the title of the project in the subject of your email.

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