WISCOMP collaborates regularly with other Indian, South Asian and international peacebuilding initiatives on a range of mutually enriching projects. Some of our partners include:
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
WISCOMP partnered with the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in 2010 to organize a roundtable in Kathmandu titledWomen at the Peace Table. The roundtable was convened to mark the tenth year of UNSCR 1325 and to assess the progress on its implementation in South and South East Asia and the Pacific Islands. The Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Center) is one of the world’s leading conflict mediation organizations.
Centre for Social Research (CSR)
The Centre for Social Research is one of the leading women’s institutions working in the field of social action since 1983 in India. CSR aims to empower women and provide them with the resources to be self-reliant individuals. Resource persons from the Gender Training Institute of CSR have conducted workshops for WISCOMP on gender training at the Panchayat level in India. They have shared their expertise on imparting political education, to women and men, which is a prerequisite for the strengthening of local governance structures.
Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution
WISCOMP has worked with trainers from the Danish Center for Conflict Resolution, Copenhagen, as part of its efforts to impart skills in nonviolent communication, active listening, dialogue and negotiation. In 2003, Bjarne Vestergaard and Sidsel Kragh from DCCR were invited as resource persons for the Second Annual Conflict Transformation Workshop where they conducted training sessions in dialogue, nonviolence and active negotiation. DCCR specializes in a range of culture-specific mediation, facilitation, dialogue and negotiation techniques, and helped to establish the Tibetan Center for Conflict Resolution in Dharamsala.
WISCOMP has collaborated with Dhriiti to design and conduct workshops on social entrepreneurship for college and university students in Jammu and Kashmir. Anirban Gupta, President – CEO has been a resource person at these workshops. Dhriiti is a Delhi based organization that works on creating awareness and enabling individuals to become environmentally and social responsible entrepreneurs.
Didi Bahini, Nepal
WISCOMP has partnered with Didi Bahini to share knowledge on strengthening support for women’s rights in South Asia, especially in post conflict contexts. Didi Bahini is a Kathmandu based organization working towards gender equality and social justice.
Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access
WISCOMP and FAEA have partnered since 2012 to implement the Hum Kadam: Education for Peace initiative in Jammu and Kashmir. FAEA scholars who come from the socio economically marginalized communities and are often first generation learners have participated at WISCOMP organized trainings on transformational leadership. The Foundation is committed to the idea of education devoted to the founding of a just and productive society. It emphasizes on the equality of opportunity to help students what they want to become so that they have a choice and are not dictated by necessity.
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
WISCOMP is a member of the GPPAC (Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict). Besides participating at the annual consultations of civil society on prevention of armed conflict in the region, WISCOMP has collaborated with GPPAC-South Asia in 2010 to organize a conflict transformation workshop for South Asian young professionals. GPPAC is a global member led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) who actively work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding with fifteen regional networks of local organisations.
Henry Martyn Institute
WISCOMP has collaborated with practitioners from the Henry Martyn Institute in Hyderabad, India, on workshops that address the interface between religion, violence and peace. The Henry Martyn Institute is an international center for research, interfaith relations and reconciliation. Since its founding in 1930, HMI has established a long record of teaching and research. It’s emphasis is on study and action at various levels in order to reduce prejudice, resolve conflict and increase trust, co-operation and understanding between individuals and groups.
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
WISCOMP, in collaboration with IDEA, embarked on a research-praxis initiative titled South Asian Experiences in Reconciliation after Violent Conflict. The purpose behind this collaboration was to engage with varied perspectives on the question of reconciliation and justice in post-conflict situations. Based in Sweden, IDEA has conducted extensive work in the area of reconciliation and dialogue in regions of protracted conflict.
Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group/ Calcutta Research Group
WISCOMP and MCRG have collaborated on several research initiative since the early 2000s. The two organizations share a common vision to en-gender security discourse in South Asia. The most recent in these collaborations was the 14th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration hosted by MCRG in January 2013.
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
MKSS is a grassroots organization that was formed in 1990. It pioneered the Right to Information movement in India and is among the best examples in the world of a grassroots movement that has been successful in demanding increased transparency and accountability in government. Its objective is to use modes of struggle and constructive action for changing the lives of its primary constituents — the rural poor. Aruna Roy, a founding member of the MKSS, has conducted workshops on the Right to Information for various WISCOMP projects.
WISCOMP has collaborated with Meta-Culture since 2010 to design workshops on Dialogue, Critical Thinking and Conflict Resolution for diverse sets of participants which include civil society actors, educators, college and university students. Meta-Culture is a South Asian organization dedicated to making relationships more effective and works with corporate clients, public sector and NGOs.
NTS-Consortium, Rajaratnam School of International Studies
WISCOMP is one of the 14 founding members of the NTS-Consortium based at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The inaugural meet of Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia) in January 2007 was a milestone in the progress of NTS studies. The Consortium hosts dialogues on the challenges facing the region, and possible policy responses to address these problems.
WISCOMP has been associated with PAIMAN Trust to strengthen people to people contact between India and Pakistan. Mossarat Qadeem, Founder and CEO, PAIMAN Trust has been a WISCOMP Scholar of Peace in 2002 and a resource person at the Annual WISCOMP Conflict Transformation workshops in 2001 and 2012. PAIMAN trust, based out of Islamabad has presence in all four provinces of Pakistan and works on violence prevention, humanitarian assistance and peace building.
WISCOMP has been associated with Peace Direct since 2003. Peace Direct has supported WISCOMP’s work and the Co-Founder of Peace Direct, three time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee,Dr. Scilla Elworthy has been a speaker and resource person at WISCOMP Conflict Transformation workshop.
Peace Jam Foundation
WISCOMP partnered with the Peace Jam Foundation in March 2015 to organize the first Peace Jam Conference in India. The primary focus of the conference was to create informed and compassionate young leaders who have the skills, knowledge and passion to work for nonviolent solutions to the contemporary global issues, under the inspiration of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
Peace Research Institute Oslo
WISCOMP has partnered with Peace Research Institute Oslo in its multi-year project on Making Women Count for Peace and organized a roundtable on Women and Peace Building in 2015. Founded in 1959, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is an independent research institution known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. In addition to such research, PRIO conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policymaking activities.
Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)
PRADAN is a voluntary organization, which works in select villages in 26 districts across seven states in India. The focus of its work is to strengthen livelihoods for the rural poor. This involves organizing them, enhancing their capabilities, introducing ways to improve their incomes and linking them to banks, markets and other economic services. PRADAN has facilitated trainings for WISCOMP (in Jammu and Kashmir) on the procedures and benefits of thrift groups, based on the principles of micro-credit and micro-finance. This has provided the necessary impetus for the local animators who work with WISCOMP to organize themselves as self-help groups.
WISCOMP has collaborated with Prajnya, to organize Non-traditional Security Forums on HIV-AIDS and on Natural Disasters. Prajnya is a non-profit centre for research, public education and networking working on issues related to peace, justice and security.
Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS)
RCSS is a premier South Asian networking institution, interacting with leading think tanks, resource persons, and young scholars in South Asia and outside the region. Based in Colombo, it encourages research, dialogue and deliberation on contemporary international affairs on a broad spectrum of conventional and non-conventional sources of conflict with an educational and problem-solving perspective. WISCOMP has been engaged with the programs of RCSS on a sustained basis and has provided expertise on gender and non-traditional security to the organization.
Rising Women Rising World
WISCOMP is associated with RWRW since the time of the founding of the organization in 2013. RWRW is committed to support women across the world to act as catalysts in humanity’s movement towards a world that works for all.
Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
WISCOMP has worked collaboratively with Search for Common Ground, Washington DC. Susan Collin Marks, (Former Vice President, SFCG) was invited as the Keynote speaker for the WISCOMP Symposium on Conflict Resolution: Trends and Prospects in 2001. In March 2002, WISCOMP and SFCG held a collaborative screening of the film Titanic Town. Following the screening, Susan Koscis, (Vice President of Arts and Culture, SFCG) moderated a discussion on “Women Waging Peace”.
Standing Together to Enable Peace Trust
WISCOMP and Standing Together to Enable Peace Trust have been collaborating on peace education initiative since the Founding of STEP. STEP is a New Delhi based initiative dedicated to building and fostering a culture of peace thereby promoting a society, which is free, non-violent, sustainable, responsible, and reflective.
The Coexistence Initiative
WISCOMP collaborated with The Coexistence Initiative, New York, to present the Common Ground Film Festival, which showcased several award-winning documentary films. The objective of this partnership was to create a forum for a public audience to watch films on peace and security, and to discuss the important role that films can play in transforming conflict. The Coexistence Initiative (TCI) is an international organization that seeks to catalyze a global awareness of, and commitment to, creating a world safe for difference. TCI attempts to enhance the impact of the work undertaken by individuals and organizations pursuing coexistence, tolerance, and peace.
Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA)
WISCOMP has been an active partner of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia. It participated in the WIPSA-led women’s peace delegation to Pakistan in March 2000 (under the leadership of peace activist and former parliamentarian Nirmala Deshpande). A Delhi-based organization with chapters in different parts of South Asia, WIPSA works to build people-to-people contact in the region.
Women Peacemakers Program
The Women Peacemakers Program, an initiative of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, was set up in 1997 in The Netherlands. It works to support and strengthen women’s peacemaking initiatives around the world. The Women Peacemakers Program has provided valuable resources for some of our projects, and has also given financial support to WISCOMP to bring together women from regions of armed conflict in South Asia for dialogues on peacebuilding.