The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding is committed to the development and implementation of innovative, sustainable strategies for conflict transformation and community reconciliation in societies where ethnic, religious, sectarian, or political conflict threatens the possibility of sustainable development and healthy, inclusive democracies.
Building Local Capacity - Karuna Center programs are developed in response to requests from in-country groups or organizations. We maximize the building of local capacity to develop local solutions to local problems. We engage those who will have the broadest and most significant impact in their sectors or communities and collaborate with them to design programs that are specifically suited to the local context as well as to Karuna Center’s areas of expertise.
Conflict Transformation – Our programs explore the interweaving of social, political, and economic factors that contribute to conflict, recognizing that conflict transformation requires both individual and systemic change. Our trainings are practical and experiential. They engage participants in analyzing the root causes of conflict, identifying strategic opportunities for intervention, and building skills for conflict resolution and prevention. At the same time we make sure that our approach fits with local culture and respects the needs of those deeply impacted by violence and trauma. Guidance and mentoring in participant-led peacebuilding projects provides opportunities to put theory into practice and learn from challenges as they emerge.
Dialogue - Central to the work of Karuna Center is the skillful use of facilitated, structured dialogues. People very often enter our programs carrying deep hurts, resentments, and feelings of enmity toward another community. During well-facilitated dialogues participants can come to a profound recognition of the essential humanity of the other, to a sense of mutuality and common purpose, and to a willingness to move forward together. We see dialogue not as an end in itself but as a means toward action and social change.
Sustainable Peace - Our longer term programs include a "training of trainers" and mentoring in the design and delivery of peacebuilding projects. Former participants of Karuna Center programs not only bring social healing to their communities, but also facilitate dialogues and teach peacebuilding skills throughout their countries. They are thereby helping to build a critical mass of people committed to promoting peace and justice and preventing future violence. Some have gone on to found their own peacebuilding organizations and remain vital Karuna Center partners.
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