ABOUT CPI-GENEVA

Cordoba Peace Institute

The Cordoba Peace Institute – Geneva (CPI) is an independent non-profit organisation working on peace promotion. We focus on tensions and polarisations in all societies where Muslims live and aim to enhance theoretical and practical conflict transformation resources in Muslim majority countries.

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CPI-GENEVA METHODOLOGY

Conflict Transformation

We endeavour to transform the relationships between parties to conflict, to minimize the use of violence. We encourage them to deal with direct, structural and cultural causes of conflict.

Collective Shared Knowledge

In our reports and papers, we ensure that the analyses, conclusions and recommendations issued are shared by a diverse panel of actors from different backgrounds.

Capacity-Building​

We empower parties to conflict and enhance their capacity to analyse conflicts and to master non-violent approaches to dealing with them.

Safe Mediation Space​

We provide safe mediation spaces to enable parties to conflict to interact directly with the “other” in a protected and respectful atmosphere. Our facilitation role in a mediation process includes identifying key issues to be addressed, organising face-to-face meetings and maintaining a channel of communication between parties.

Diapraxis​

We use dialogue as a means of arriving at practical solutions to problems, which can be jointly-implemented by conflict parties (this is known as “diapraxis”). Our experience shows that developing shared actions in an inclusive way goes further in building trust between diverse actors.

Conflict Analysis​

We undertake extensive, thorough desk and field research in the early stages of a project, and consistent follow-up throughout our activities. This research helps us develop knowledge and networks that ensure the credibility and acceptability of our processes and projects.

Building Trust​

Our experience has shown the importance of building confidence and trust with all parties; particularly with “credible” actors. The success of our work depends on an atmosphere of common trust and shared goals. We take time to ensure that our interlocutors are convinced of the genuineness of our intentions in each project.

Why support the CPI?

Since 2002 the Cordoba Peace Institute – Geneva has worked to promote constructive dialogue and peace in and with the Arab and Muslim Worlds. This work has never been more urgent.

Our mission is to promote dialogue and empower people for the prevention of violence and for peaceful conflict transformation in societies where Muslims live.

The name of the Institute recalls the spirit of enlightenment and mutual respect that ruled in 10th-century Cordoba, called the “Capital of the Spirit”, which remains an almost unique model for dialogue between civilisations and the cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning.

The Cordoba Peace Institute – Geneva (CPI) is an independent non-profit organization working on peace promotion. We focus on tensions and polarisations in all societies where Muslims live and aim to enhance theoretical and practical conflict transformation resources in Muslim majority countries.

The CPI has programmes in progress in the Sahel region (Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria), West Asia (Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria), and North Africa (Libya, Morocco, Tunisia) and is currently launching a new programme that aims to encourage the coexistence and diversity in Europe through a conflict transformation approach (Belgium, France, Hungary, Switzerland).

  • Addressing the challenges to peaceful transition in North Africa and West Asia (NAWAT program)
  • Encouraging peaceful interaction between communities in the Sahel (Sahel program)
  • Preventing Violent Extremism in North Africa, West Asia and the Sahel (PVE program)
  • Addressing Sunni – Shia tensions in the Arab World (ME program)
  • Transforming conflict in the humanitarian field (HUMED program)
  • Encouraging coexistence and diversity in Europe through a conflict transformation approach (Islam in Europe program)