IN A NUTSHELL: Building Relationships through Culture and Art!

People face many challenges at the same time: global crisis and war, diseases, poverty, fear of the future and stress. The way we are dealing with this as individuals and as a society today, determines how successful and content we will live tomorrow.

 

We enhance social change and conflict transformation through cultural, artistic and educational initiatives.

We promote intra- / interpersonal relationship building and strengthen capacities, potential and psychological resources (mindfullness, self-efficacy, solidarity, empathy).

We aim to strategically link skills and capacities from peace building with community work in Europe while including future studies approaches.

 

Culture for Peace gUG - registered in Berlin, Germany - is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2009. Our mandate includes the support for socially disadvantaged groups worldwide through the advancement of culture and art.

 

     

RELATIONSHIPS      PEACE BUILDING      DIALOGUE      COMMUNITY WORK      ART & CULTURAL APPROACHES     

 

EVENTS      CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION

 

Nepal: Building Relationships through Dialogue and Art

Dialogue Group in Chitwan, Nepal

Our project "From Shared Truths to Joint Responsibilities (Sha:re)" in cooperation with inmedio berlin, supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. with funds from the German Foreign Office, supported the Nepalese peace process at community level by strengthening existing structures and capacities for community-based dealing with the past. Thus, it contributed to social reintegration of former Maoist combatants (ex-PLA) into the local civil society. The overall goal was to ameliorate the relationships between long-established community members on the one hand and recently settled ex-PLA as well as conflict victims from both sides in the districts of Kailali, Chitwan, Surkhet and Saptari. This in consequence increased the resilience of communities towards violent conflict potential.

Our main contributions to the project

  • Project Coordination / Project Cycle Management
  • Organisational Development (Two-way learning, process/context-oriented)
  • Strategic Arts- and Media-Based Conflict Transformation

Vision and Mission

Art can be a powerful tool in processes of social change and conflict transformation.... Culture defines and generates modalities of thought, paradigm and action as well as modes of planning, memory and communication.... They hold the potential to sustainably transform cultural violence and defamation, to develop people's personalities, to provide a framework for building relationships beyond one’s own groups and to increase future potentials.

All projects of Culture for Peace support local efforts for non-violent, civil and democratic empowerment while we connect local partners with communities and other change makers regardless of religion, ethnicity, caste, gender, age or political background.