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Offer: Berghof Foundation’s Grant for Conflict Transformation: Youth as Change-makers - Deadline: 31 May 2013 (Berlin time, UTC+1)

Background
The Berghof Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting conflict stakeholders and actors in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace through peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Initiated and owned by the Zundel family as a philanthropic enterprise, it builds on the tradition of the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies that was established by Professor Georg Zundel in 1971. In the past decades the foundation has supported a broad spectrum of peace research, peace education and peacebuilding initiatives.

Today the Berghof Foundation unifies three previously independent institutions: the former Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies with its operational arm, Berghof Conflict Research; Berghof Peace Support; and the former Institute for Peace Education Tübingen.

The Berghof Foundation’s operations are run by a dedicated and multi-national team working closely with partners around the globe. An international board of trustees with a background in research, practice, education and philanthropy supports the organisation’s thematic development and strategic planning.

Call for Proposals 2013:
Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation: Youth as change-makers: from conflict actors to peacebuilders

From child soldiers and urban criminal gangs to civil resistance activists in the Arab Spring, youth have become primary drivers of violent and nonviolent conflict alike. But they are also often at the forefront of peacebuilding efforts through their socio-political grassroots engagement for peace, human security or community development.

This year’s Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation focuses on the roles and nonviolent strategies by which young people contribute to constructive conflict transformation.

The call encourages the submission of project proposals based on research, education, arts and practice that are complementary to activities carried out by the Berghof Foundation.

The projects we seek to fund should empower young people to act as agents of conflict transformation and to become actively engaged as change-makers and motivated peacebuilders.

We are particularly interested in proposals that offer creative ideas and innovative approaches on:
> Fostering nonviolent strategies and approaches of youth to resist against repression, injustice or foreign occupation
> Developing applicable youth-specific approaches to post-war reconciliation, conflict transformation and peacebuilding
> Dealing constructively with youth-related violence and its root causes
> Strengthening youth organisations as bridge-builders (across borders, ethnic barriers, cultures or social classes)
> Empowering youth as agents for a culture of peace

Application guidelines: http://www.berghof-foundation.org/en/grantmaking/process-guidelines

Deadline: 31 May 2013 (Berlin time, UTC+1)

Website: www.berghof-foundation.org.

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