The SCORE index is designed to assess two components of peace in society. The first of these is social cohesion which refers to the quality of coexistence between individuals within their own group and the institutions that surround them. The second component is reconciliation which refers to an on-going effort for establishing peace between groups that were previously engaged in an event of dispute or conflict.
Mediation & Peacebuilding
The RENEWAL Project is focused on developing the economic and social potential of the Greater Famagusta Region (including Famagusta Walled City and Deryneia), striving to support the improvement of the climate for reconciliation. It aims to enhance collaboration among civil society stakeholders, facilitate youth entrepreneurship through empowerment and networking opportunities and lastly, lay the soft infrastructure for business development which will lead to the improvement of economic potential of the region.
Build Peace explores how information and communications technologies, games, networking platforms and other technology tools can enhance the impact of a broad range of peacebuilding, social cohesion and peace advocacy initiatives. The conference and community bring together local peacebuilders and technologists to re-think approaches to early warning and crisis response, attitude and behavior change, collaboration, dialogue, and policy advocacy. The first conference took place in Boston, MA in 2014.
Launched in March, 2015, the Cyprus Dialogue Forum is an inclusive space for structured dialogue and knowledge-sharing among political, economic, and social stakeholders from both communities, aiming to support the peace process in Cyprus. The Cyprus Dialogue Forum was created as a response to a need for an inclusive and permanent space for structured dialogue and knowledge-sharing in which issues and challenges of common concern can be addressed.
The Hands-on Famagusta web platform is devoted to imagining a common urban future for a unified Famagusta, paving the way for future collaboration and further cohabitations in a post-conflict Cyprus. It is an integral part of the comprehensive “Hands-on-Famagusta” project which comprises of inter-related activities using participatory urban design processes to facilitate dialogue about the urban future of Famagusta. The project contributes to the construction of common ground between groups in conflict and supports the planning of contemporary urban environments.
The project aims to ensure the sustainability of the H4C which shall contribute to the bridge building between the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus. The expected outcome of the project is to strengthen the capacity of NGOs to promote an enabling environment for the sector. This will be achieved through the support of the operational expenses of the H4C, the development of an organized dialogue on history teaching by the AHDR and the facilitation by the H4C of outreach activities for civil society organisations.
This project addresses a weakness of previous negotiations rounds for the solution of the Cyprus problem: the lack of mobilisation of social actors. Social actors are of strategic importance for the solution of the Cyprus problem, because their support to the process may generate wide acceptance and active participation. Social actors may also provide expertise, useful for the elaboration of essential provisions of the solution that are indispensable for the economic and social cohesion of the common future state and thus for the viability of the negotiated solution.
This initiative aimed to develop mutual trust, confidence and cooperation between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot young people and their communities through joint activities that promote reconciliation and wellness. The activities were aimed at improving inter-group attitudes, decreasing stereotyping and prejudice, training young educators to use sport to promote reconciliation and wellness, and equipping them with tools to make healthy living choices and live better, more peaceful lives.
This initiative aimed to use Education for a Culture of Peace as a vehicle to bring structural changes and transformation in the Cypriot society across the divide in order for a Culture of Peace to be cultivated and sustained.