The Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution (DCCR) is strongly committed to the enhancement of nonviolent conflict resolution in Denmark and abroad. Our objectives are:
- To contribute to nonviolent conflict resolution in todays conflicts.
- To inspire people working in conflict zones, and to be inspired by them.
- To build conflict resolution capacity in organisations in the global South.
We believe strongly in peacebuilding from below through support to local peacebuilding organisations. The following are examples of DCCR international activities:
Conflict resolution capacity building in Ukrainian Red Cross, 2016-18
Danish and Ukrainian Red Cross and DCCR are partners in this project, which aims at enhancing the capacity of Red Cross volunteers to deal with conflicts between locals and refugees from the conflict zones in Eastern Ukraine, between volunteers and locals as well as conflicts within the team of volunteers. Additionally, local conflict resolution experts have been capacitated to continue the training of volunteers without support from DCCR.
Re-training The Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution, Dharamsala, 2018
Re-training of trainers at the Centre, which was established in 1999-2005 with assistance from DCCR and Danida.
Danish Red Cross/Palestinian Red Crescent Society (EU project): Palestinian Youth as Agents of Change, 2015-17
In a partnership, Danish Red Cross, Palestinian Red Crescent and DCCR enhanced the capacity of PRCS staff to deal with violent situations, specifically in the Palestinian Refugee Camps.
Livia Foundation under Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution, 2010 to date
The foundation looks for and publicises forceful examples of competent and alternative conflict solution in order to show that conflicts can be managed inventively. It also gives ”the Livia award” to Danish and international innovative nonviolent conflict resolution projects and activities. Examples of award winners are: Leymah Gbowee from Liberia for her efforts to organise Christian and Islamic women towards an efficient, courageous, inventive and non-violent battle with a crippling civil war. She were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the following year. William Ongoro for acting bravely and wisely in the painful and violent conflicts of South Sudan. Global Network for Women Peace builders for promoting women’s participation in peace negotiations and peacebuilding. Syrian Mobaderoon for working in non-violent and brave ways to create human contact and bonds. Parents Circle – The Family’s Forum, a Palestinian-Israeli organization promoting reconciliation and an amicable settlement of the conflict.
Partnership between the Syrian civil society network Mobaderoon and DCCR, 2014-16
Supported by Danmission, DCCR-youth and Syrian civil society network Mobaderoon undertook a six days workshop in Beirut. The purpose was to exchange knowledge and create a shared plan for a future and sustainable partnership. Hence, the Youth branch taught the DCCR methodology to the Syrian participants who in return shared their knowledge about interreligious dialogue. In Denmark, DCCR-Youth facilitated workshops and merged their existing programs with the new understandings of interreligious dialogue. In 2016, they together created a network to initiate and support activities promoting “Active Citizenship in Conflict Zones”. Mobadaroon trained Syrian refugees and Danish volunteers in active citizenship. In 2014, Mobadaroon won the Livia price.
Ambassadors for Dialogue in Jordan, Egypt and Denmark, 2009-2018
Stakeholders and partners in this project were Danish Foreign Ministry (funder), Danish Youth Council (DUF), WE Centre Jordan, The Egyptian Youth Federation, DCCR. “Ambassadors for Dialogue” was initiated in 2009 and managed through DUF in cooperation with WE Centre in Jordan and The Egyptian Youth Federation. The purpose of the project was to spread and share knowledge about dialogue among youth in the three countries through interactive workshops. Hence, dialogue ambassadors were trained to facilitate dialogue. By the end of 2014, an estimated 10.000 people had been reached by the project The Danish Institute for International Studies has showed that the methodology – intercultural dialogue – has a strong capacity to enhance intercultural understanding and diminish stereotypes and prejudices.
Training of governmental party in Bolivia under the DIPD project, 2012
The project was supported by the Danish Institute for Multiparty Cooperation and aimed at increasing MAS Bolivia’s internal democratic and conflict resolution competences and procedures. DCCR facilitated two workshops in Spanish for the MAS delegation at the Danish Parliament on the basic concepts of nonviolent conflict resolution, dialogue and nonviolent communication.
South Africa, professional exchange, 2000 to date
After the Dialogue at Dawn/ Millennium of the Young event in Denmark May 2000, Pepe Hendricks (South African Centre for Conflict Resolution) and two former street children visited Copenhagen, and in co-operation with two trainers from the DCCR they undertook a conflict resolution workshop for youth in Copenhagen.
From February 2010 to October 2012, various DCCR members and study tour participants have visited SACCR in Cape Town (4 different groups). One group also visited and had a dialogue with trainers from the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.
Since 2006, DCCR trainers and members have participated in Myrna Lewis Deep Democracy workshops, in South Africa or in Denmark. Some DCCR trainers have also become DD instructors.
Human Rights and Conflict Management Project for Roma Liaison Police Officers in Romania, 2003- 2005
The Roma Center for Intervention and Studies, The Romanian Ministry Administration and Interior, Regional Facilitation and Negotiation Center, Danish Institute for Human Rights and DCCR partnered up in this project funding by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project addressed the situation of the Roma population in Romania specifically in relation to human rights abuses and clashes between the police and Roma people. Through regional workshops the partners and international participants focused on policing minorities in order to enhance understanding of issues of discrimination towards ethnic minorities.
The Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution, Dharamsala, Northern India, 1999-2005
The Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala and DCCR with funding from Danida established a project on capacity building and training of trainers in the Tibetan exile community, which led to the creation of the Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution. The capacity of the centre has been expanded and today it teaches and facilitates conflict resolution in a variety of ways: through public meetings, Buddhism classes, counselling workshops, strengthening civil society, educational activities about peace building and democracy, and further, the Centre is facilitating inclusion of newcomers from Tibet.
About the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution
DCCR is an NGO established in 1994. It has trained thousands of citizens from all walks of life in Denmark as well as international stakeholders mentioned above. Additionally, DCCR assists political parties, NGOs, public housing areas, private individuals and public and private sector organisations in resolving their conflicts using methodologies like mediation, conflict analysis incl. do-no-harm, group processes and restorative justice. Finally, DCCR offers a number of free activities like conflict coaching and training of youth active in NGOs. Theoretically and methodologically we stand on the shoulders of Johan Galtung, Mohandas Ghandi, J. P. Lederach, Marshall Rosenberg, O. Ramsbotham and others. Just as we have been inspired by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Gene Sharp.