forumZFD in Ukraine
In early 2017, we established our programme office in Kyiv, Ukraine, and assembled a team of international and national experts. The second programme office in Odesa was established in early 2018. We plan to work with a broad range of local actors, such as civil society and grassroots organisations, women’s groups, experts, academia, media, religious leaders and individuals involved in peace and conflict transformation efforts.
Our mandate and values
The core of our mandate is our commitment to peace and the belief that there are indeed alternatives to violence in the face of conflict. To this end, we promote a culture of non-violence in which conflicts are dealt with constructively according to the principles of civil conflict transformation. The ultimate goal of our work is to contribute to societal structures of a just and sustainable peace in our programmes and the whole world.
We are committed to universal human rights. Of special importance in this context are gender equality and the right to democratic participation of all social, ethnic and religious groups. As a basic condition for peaceful human coexistence, we value the right of each community to economic welfare, political self-determination and cultural development. On this basis of mutual recognition, we advocate equal opportunity and equality of different cultures, identities, and ways of life.
How we work
Our work is guided by the following principles of conduct: non-violence, partner orientation, all-partisan approach, systemic approach, cultural, conflict and gender sensitivity, “do no harm” principle, transparency, self-reflection and participation.
In line with our concept of “third-party intervention”, we seek access to all parties of the conflict and assist them in creating participatory and peace promoting structures. Our work in Ukraine will be based on the needs expressed by local actors and a thorough analysis of the local context.
We are convinced that sustainable structures must be developed and supported by social actors in the conflict areas themselves. A basic pillar of our work is therefore the cooperation with local partners. With them, we endeavour to prevent or minimise eruptions of violence in conflict areas and find ways to cooperate peacefully. We view these partnerships as an equal and reciprocal basis for learning that also promotes the development of local expertise.
With our partners, we will jointly design and implement projects as a way to support local efforts and ownership, and to develop and strengthen sustainable local capacities for conflict transformation.
What we do
Our joint project work ranges from the promotion of non-violent methods for conflict transformation, dealing with the past and reconciliation, creating spaces for dialogue through networks and platforms, supporting mediation efforts, advocacy, psychosocial support, formal and informal peace education, arts and peace-building, to conflict-sensitive journalism.