Poverty and drawn out conflicts motivates dialogue and development
The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue are working together with the Afghanistan Committee to strengthen the local capacity for dialogue and conflict management in Afghanistan. Norunn Grande recently returned after an assignment in the war-torn country. “I enjoy spending time in Afghanistan, and people are clearly happy to have us. Every time I am there, I learn something new, but it is hard to hear about the very difficult situation people are living with”, says Norunn Grande.
Keep on Talking!
Evaluation of the dialogue projects in the Balkans
Keep on talking! That is the title of an evaluation of the Nansen Dialogue Network’s initiatives and efforts in the Balkans, done by researchers at the Christian Michelsens Institute (CMI). The report is from 2008 but it is highly relevant ten years after. The Nansen Dialogue Centers in the Western Balkans are still working on inclusion, trust, and better communication, understanding and cooperation.
Read the report “Keep on Talking! Review of the Nansen Dialogue Network in the Western Balkans.”
Do you descend from one of the Norwegian sailors from World War I?
The Lillehammer Dialogue City conference will take place from June 19th – 23, 2018. It is arranged by The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue and the Inland Norway University for Applied Sciences.
The value of my stay at the Nansen and Oslo Summer School
I’ve always cared about peace-making and reconciliation, and this is the story of how the Summer School at the Lillehammer Nansen Academy and the University of Oslo offered a path, says Elena Levina.
Givat Haviva – working for coexistence and a shared society in Israel
How do we find the formula for the best lives together? How do we share the resources and opportunities in a given society when some feel they have more rights than others? [Read more…]
Living in contrasts – between peace and war in Kyiv Ukraine
If you take a walk in the centre of Kyiv in Ukraine, you will not see any clear signs of a country in war. [Read more…]
Where have all the students gone?
In Argo, in the mountainous area of Badakshan, there is a district school where 2600 students are enrolled. One day when the government monitors came to inspect the school there were only 12 students present. [Read more…]
“They have just shot some people, that’s all”
Some years ago, I was working in a place known to host very violent armed groups.
All of the sudden, while standing with some of the children we were working with, we heard tree, four shots. “They killed three people, they killed three people”, some kids warned. [Read more…]
Packing the Suitcase for Peace – What do We Choose to Fill it With?
I still remember the first time I reflected on my family’s escape from the war between Iraq and Iran in the 80’s. The after-school teacher asked me to tell about the route and describe my memories. I could not because I was not sure what this meant. [Read more…]
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