The Conflict Transformation Program for Indian and Pakistani youth was conceptualized as part of WISCOMP’s efforts to facilitate peace dialogues and trainings for young men and women from across the conflict divide. It was designed as part of a decade-long vision to build the capacity of ‘future influentials’ in India and Pakistan to engage with conflicts in more constructive ways and to create safe spaces for sustained dialogue. ‘The only game in town’ when launched in 2001, it was the first sustained dialogue-cum-training initiative for Indians and Pakistanis. Over the last 15 years, the Program has built cross-border professional partnerships, mentor relationships, and a network of peace practitioners and academics who contribute to peacebuilding in the region and beyond
THEORY OF CHANGE: Sustained face-to-face dialogues along with professional training in the field of Conflict Transformation are necessary for long-term peace and security. These are particularly effective when conducted with the next generation of leaders from different sectors of society—especially the state and civil society.
METHODOLOGY: The Conflict Transformation Program used contemplative, experiential, and interdisciplinary dialogues and trainings to ‘conscientize’ participants and create spaces where young people could rise above the baggage of conflict and build a future based on trust and mutual respect.
(Indian and Pakistani participants at the Conflict Transformation Workshops)
The Conflict Transformation Program consists of three projects (training workshops, joint research studies, and peacemaker lecture series), each using a unique methodology to further the goals of WISCOMP.
Training workshops have formed the core of the Program through which WISCOMP sought to build ‘strategic relationships’ between potentially influential ‘Gen Next’ Indians and Pakistanis. Read more
Between 2001 and 2012, the WISCOMP Conflict Transformation Workshops generated a repertoire of books, discussion papers, reports, and films that have made an important contribution to the discourse on peacebuilding between India and Pakistan. Read more
The Peacemaker Lectures are part of WISCOMP’s efforts to promote universal responsibility and global peace in an increasingly inter-dependent world. Eminent, experienced peacemakers share their insights and lessons learnt to allow emerging scholars, practitioners and grassroots peacemakers to think of new ways to build peace. Read more