Our Mission and Principles
CSSP’s mission is to assist community leaders in post crisis areas to resolve their inter-community conflicts through dialogue, trust-building and negotiation using the principles and tools of Integrative Mediation. CSSP advocates for peaceful conflict resolution and capacity-building based on systemic problem-solving, non-discrimination, and participatory processes.
CSSP commits itself to seven guiding principles for interacting with partners and stakeholders:
Confidentiality is central to trust-building and respect. Therefore, all meetings and workshops are held under the principle of confidentiality. This means that sensitive information is kept private unless permission to share is granted.
Cultural sensitivity fosters understanding of the complexity of conflicts and helps conflict parties reach the most sustainable solutions. This starts with awareness and respect of commonalities and differences. As mediators, we acknowledge the cultures, languages and political realities in our working environments, supporting stakeholders and partners in doing the same.
Women and men often experience war and peace differently, and can have different ways of expressing their interests during conflict resolution, as well as different needs in the process. CSSP believes that equal representation and equal participation of men and women, as well as the acknowledgment of differences in their experiences, are critical to peace processes and societal transformations. In accordance with UNSCR 1325, we empower women to participate in the design and implementation of conflict resolutions.
In an effort to ensure best outcomes through problem-solving, we strive to ensure that as many voices as possible are equally heard, especially those from minorities and included in our projects. CSSP creates all-inclusive participatory structures in its internal and external gains.
While it is a core principle of mediation not to take sides or show preference, it is equally important to understand stakeholders’ realities. Omnipartiality is the ability to empathise with all sides of a conflict and work with each side’s truth and perceptions, without taking a particular side or position. Furthermore, it means to empower each side to equally participate in the mediation process.
We believe in local capacities in problem-solving and conflict resolution, which is why we generally develop our approach together with local stakeholders. CSSP empowers them to continue their projects and initiatives independently.
CSSP's engagement usually lasts three to five years. We work mutli-track, at multiple levels of governance and society, in order to integrate local peace efforts into the broader contexts of peace building and societal transformation nationally and internationally. Additionally, CSSP tries to reach out to all tracks and to international actors in order to draw attention to local developments and initiatives, gather support and promote cooperation. This contributes to the sustainability of our work.