We work across deep divides to develop mutual understanding, interrupt cycles of violence, and foster reconciliation.

What We do

Our Areas of Focus

Dialogue Across Deep Divides

The skillful use of facilitated, structured dialogue to develop mutual understanding.


Building Inclusive Governance

Peace requires support from political and economic structures.


Healing and Reconciliation

Community-based peacebuilding practices to rebuild a sense of trust and safety.


Preventing Violent Extremism

Reducing community vulnerability and strengthening resilience.


Support Our Work

The Karuna Center is 25!

All of the violence prevention initiatives we have put in place over the past 25 years exist because of Karuna Center’s donors.​


What’s New


What does it mean to stand up for peace? These are stories of people we’ve met through our programs, who’ve taken brave risks to stop violence.


Fall 2019 Newsletter

I used to be a dangerous person.” Learn how our current work is changing lives & influencing policy.


Featured Stories

Three Bosnian War Commanders, working together for peace

The powerful story of three former Bosnian War commanders was recently highlighted by Reuters and The New York Times. Over the past year, these three veterans have been collaborating with Karuna Center to share their story in communities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina—and we have more to share about their message and their example.

After a 3-Year Program in Rwanda: This is What Peacebuilding Looks Like!

Our three-year Healing Our Communities program has drawn to a close—and we have a lot to celebrate, because we have accomplished so much together! Here are some of the highlights.

Peace Takes Courage

During our 25th year, we’ve been sharing photos and stories of a few of the courageous peacebuilders we have partnered with around the world. Some have summoned the inner strength to reach across divides; some have put themselves in danger to protect others during...

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