Our mission is to empower people divided by conflict to develop mutual understanding and to create sustainable peace. We envision a just and peaceful world in which difference is a source of creativity and strength.
Karuna Center was founded by Dr. Paula Green, a psychologist and international peace activist, in 1994. Our first programs addressed the Rwandan genocide and Bosnian War. Since that time, Karuna Center has worked in more than 30 conflict-affected countries—designing and implementing multi-year programs, leading peacebuilding trainings, and consulting on conflict analysis.
Our structure is lean and nimble. From a small central office in Amherst, Massachusetts, we facilitate a global network of skilled peacebuilding associates and partner organizations. We bring a special talent for intervening where relatively small-scale actions will have a powerful impact.
Our network’s expertise ranges from building grassroots women’s peace leadership to facilitating intergovernmental peace processes. Our core staff’s enduring expertise in psychology and mediation allows us to facilitate in-depth collaborations and dialogues—and to consider psychological factors, such as trauma, that can drive violent conflict. We build the capacity of communities and societies to interrupt cycles of conflict, recognize shared needs, and prevent the spread of violent extremism in any form.
We work with a wide range of people and organizations: religious leaders, government ministries, multi-lateral organizations, traditional community leadership, war-affected communities, and where appropriate, rebel groups. We conduct programs in all contexts where it is safe and effective to do so, from refugee camps to national ministries.