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09 Aug 2011 description

Executive summary

The Oslo forum 2011 was held just outside Oslo, Norway from the 21st to 23rd June. Some 90 participants gathered to exchange experiences and to reflect critically on the practice of mediation.

23 Jun 2011 description

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre) is pleased to announce the new 2010 Annual Report.

The Annual Report provides a review of some of the HD Centre’s projects and an introduction to some of the people who have contributed to the success of that work.

From the peace process in Mindanao, to humanitarian mediation in Darfur, and advising on election dispute resolution in Somaliland, the annual report presents tangible evidence of where the HD Centre’s strengths – independence, impartiality and flexibility – are having the greatest impact.

18 May 2011 description


In late January 2010 the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) suspended a unilateral ceasefire until such time as the Nigerian government agreed to meet with a MEND delegation, as per previous governmental public statements. In doing so the MEND joined a long list of armed groups (understood within this publication to mean non-state armed groups that challenge the authority of the state) 1 that ask for guarantees of political talks before renouncing violence. Governments, meanwhile, usually argue for a ceasefire as a prerequisite to peace talks.

28 Feb 2011 description

by Christine Belle & Catherine O'Rourke

Women at the Peace Table: Asia Pacific Opinion Series - N=B04

Introduction & Background

On the 31 October 2000 United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) was adopted providing for a range of measures aimed at the inclusion of women in the prevention, management and resolution of violent conflict. In particular, several of the resolution's provisions addressed the role of women and gender in peace negotiations and agreements.

19 Jul 2010 description

Representatives of the United Nations and the Sudanese opposition movement, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), will sign an historic Agreement on the protection of children in the Darfur conflict on Wednesday 21 July.

The UNICEF Director for Sudan, Nils Kastberg will attend the event, hosted by the Geneva based independent mediation organisation the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, otherwise known as the HD Centre.

The JEM delegation will be led by Mr Suleiman Jamous, Humanitarian Coordinator, supported by Mr Ahmed Hussein, the official JEM Spokesperson.

As part of the …

11 Feb 2010 description

Twenty National Security officials from the Government of Sudan and representatives of international humanitarian agencies met collectively for the first time in El Fasher, Sudan this week to discuss critical humanitarian issues in Darfur.

The meeting was part of a series of workshops with parties to the Darfur conflict organised by the Swiss-based mediation organisation the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) in collaboration with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Discussions addressed a range of topics that included safe humanitarian …

02 Oct 2009 description

Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, 2 October 2009 -The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of Darfur's largest rebel movements, agreed to share their plans on dealing with the hijacking of humanitarian conveys with UN experts at two-day meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 30 September and 1 October 2009.

01 Oct 2009 description

Natural resources (such as oil, natural gas, diamonds, minerals, forests and water) are often a major source of national income, and are also a major cause of conflict and instability if mismanaged or shared unfairly. Countries with weak institutions often struggle to handle the potentially destructive force of corruption and attempts by various actors to capture the wealth generated by natural resources.

23 Jul 2009 description

HD background paper July 2009

Mike Davis


This article summarises the case for mediators giving greater consideration to the economic dimensions of conflicts - particularly those concerning natural resources. It also looks at some of the ways in which mediators might address this issue.

The recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, From Conflict to Peacebuilding - the Role of Natural Resources and the Environment provides some arguments for giving this area greater attention.

14 Jul 2009 description

By Chris Fomunyoh


Beyond major conflicts in Africa over the territorial integrity of states such as Sudan and Somalia, many recent conflicts on the continent are ignited by grievances over bad governance and exclusionary political practices. In many cases, flawed or failed elections have either precipitated political disputes or aggravated simmering tensions into an outburst of conflict.

27 Mar 2009 description

Executive Summary

The African Mediators' Retreat 2009 was co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) and the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation on 24-27 March in Zanzibar. As part of the Oslo forum series - the endeavour of the HD Centre and the Norwegian government to work towards the strengthening of mediation practice - the African Mediators' Retreat 2009 was the second event taking place in Africa.

05 Feb 2009 description

Former negotiators and advisors on the South Sudan peace process will arrive in the Philippines this Sunday to meet with government officials, representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and civil society groups.

Nyasha Masiwa, advisor to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM); Ahmed Sabiel, advisor to the Government of Sudan; and Kelvin Ong, advisor to the United Nations; will brief the Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process in Manila on 8 February. The group will then travel to Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Camp Darapanan to meet with civil …

09 Jul 2008 description

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) will host a two-day Humanitarian Workshop on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, from 10-11 July 2008 at its headquarters in Geneva.

Organised with the support of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, this Workshop will bring together key representatives from two of the main Darfur Opposition Movements - the Sudan Liberation Movement /Unity (SLM/Unity) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) - and from the UN and other humanitarian agencies, to discuss pressing humanitarian issues in the region.

The meeting will …

08 May 2007 description

Geneva, Switzerland - The international community must speak with one voice to achieve peace in Darfur agreed eminent mediators at the retreat on conflict mediation in Zanzibar, 23-25 April 2007.

Mr Jan Eliasson, Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Darfur said: "There will be no quick fix for Darfur but we need to do all we can to mobilize the political energy towards a solution.

30 Nov 2004 description

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue has been involved in Darfur in western Sudan since July 2003 in an effort to help address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region. Increasingly violent clashes between the Government of Sudan and forces allied to it, and the two main Darfur rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) since February 2003 has wreaked havoc on the civilian population of the region and created what is considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.