After the armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, a large number of individuals and civil society organizations in the region of the Western Balkans dedicated their work to the process of Dealing with the Past (DwP), conflict prevention and peace building.
A high number of organizations, initiatives, and individuals are engaged in Dealing with the Past process and there are numerous activities and publications in this field.
In order to preserve this important working heritage of organizations, initiatives and individuals from Western Balkans, Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD) decided to develop a resource platform on topics related to Dealing with the Past and offer this platform to all interested stakeholders for use.
This regional website with the focus on topics related to Dealing with the Past in the Western Balkans is the first resource platform with this purpose and it serves as a regional database for all organizations, individuals and initiatives in the region acting in this field. It will also collect publications, documents, and articles on this topic.
Beneficiaries of this resource platform are NGOs, members of governmental institutions involved in the process of DwP as well as academia, civil society, artistic society, journalists, youth and all other stakeholders that are interested in this topic. The website is available in English, Albanian, Macedonian and BCSM (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin).
forumZFD is of the opinion that a regional approach is very important for the process of Dealing with the Past and reconciliation in the Western Balkans and for this reason we believe that this platform can be useful in this process.
Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD | Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst e. V.) is a German organisation that was established in 1996. It trains and deploys peace experts to conflict regions where they work together with local partners to promote peaceful coexistence and non-violent conflict resolution.
In the Western Balkans, the focus is on projects in the field of Dealing with the Past and on fostering dialogue between opposing parties. This includes school mediation projects, support of civil society or enhancing media capacities for a more constructive approach to Dealing with the Past.
Strategic partner of forumZFD in the Western Balkans is pax christi in the diocese of Aachen.
For more information about the forumZFD please visit www.forumZFD.de
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