CSSP – Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation

CSSP – Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation is a registered NGO in Germany. The organisation is headquartered in Berlin, with local offices in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania. The organisation was founded in 2005 as a “Lessons Learned” project, which drew lessons from Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling’s work as the International Mediator in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995 – 2004).

Integrative Mediation originated as a methodology from Prof. Dr. Schwarz-Schilling and his advisory team. The approach has evolved over the years and is further developed by members of the CSSP Team.

Until 2010, CSSP worked primarily in the post-war Balkans (Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia). Since 2010 CSSP’s outreach expanded to transitional societies in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), South Asia, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.

The CSSP Team develops its approach together with local stakeholders. We rely upon local capacities and skills in problem-solving and conflict resolution. Within this framework, CSSP supports various stakeholders and conflict parties in their efforts to discuss issues of concern, build trusting relationships, and develop sustainable solutions. In addition, CSSP promotes capacity building in non-violent communication, negotiation and mediation. In our experience, these are fundamental components of conflict resolution, systemic change and democratic structures.

In short, CSSP uses and offers dialogue facilitation, mediation, consultation, mediation support, round tables as well as training, coaching/ supervision and advocacy in contributing to durable, local peace-building efforts and social transformations.

CSSP operates multi-track, working with political and community leaders on different tracks, influential academics, religious and NGO leaders as well as with civil society actors, individuals, business communities and media representatives. Additionally, CSSP tries to reach out to international actors in order to draw attention to local developments and initiatives, gather support and promote cooperation.