The Third Annual CT Workshop, held in September 2004 in New Delhi, brought together researchers, practitioners, journalists, grassroots workers and post-graduate students from Pakistan and India for a training in the field of Conflict Transformation. The aim was to promote wider civil society ownership of the ‘peace process’ and create a network of young people committed to building peace between Pakistan and India.
Conceptualized as part of WISCOMP’s efforts to empower a new generation of women and men, in Pakistan and India, with the motivation, expertise and skills to transform the conflict between the two countries, the workshop provided a context through which different approaches to, and models for, Conflict Transformation were introduced, applied and critiqued.
Beginning with an introduction to the field of Conflict Transformation, the workshop addressed six broad themes:
Informed by these six interrelated themes, the workshop synergized the theory and practice of Conflict Transformation in a manner that reflected the geopolitical realities of the conflict between Pakistan and India. It concluded with sessions on evaluation, feedback and visioning for subsequent interactions. In addition to being an educational and capacity-building initiative, WISCOMP sees this workshop as a springboard for the initiation of substantive interaction and cross-border partnerships between the next generation of leaders in Pakistan and India.