There is no denying that the civil society has a crucial role to play, and it can do so, as civil societies, have no vested interest whatsoever. Civil society can help to sideline the differences and find out common denominators for conflicting parties to work on.
Defenders Protection Initiative (DPI) aims to foster an environment in which different parties share information, ideas, knowledge and concerns connected to the development of peaceful solutions and outcomes. Our work supports the development of a pluralistic social arena capable of generating consensus and ownership over work on key issues surrounding peaceful solutions at social and national levels
We focus on providing expertise and practical frameworks to encourage stronger public debates and involvements in promoting peace and democracy building nationally. Within this context DPI aims to contribute to the establishment of a structured public dialogue on peace advancement, as well as to create new and widen existing platforms for discussions on peace building.
In order to achieve this we seek to encourage an environment of inclusive, frank, structured discussions whereby different parties are in the position to openly share knowledge, concerns and suggestions for peace building and strengthening across multiple levels.
DPI’s objective throughout this process is to identify common priorities and develop innovative approaches to participate in and influence the process of finding peaceful solutions. DPI also aims to support and strengthen collaboration between academics, civil society and policy-makers through its projects and output.
Comparative studies of relevant situations are often seen as an effective tool for ensuring that the mistakes of others are not repeated or perpetuated. Therefore, we see comparative analysis of models of peace building to be central to the achievement of our aims and objectives.
Civil society can play a crucial role in all aspects of conflict resolution, including mediation, and yet they are often not provided with the opportunities to do so within official, government-led peace processes.