The wars over Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the early 1990s have created significant grievances on all sides. Large communities of people were affected by different forms of violence that have profoundly influenced their lives for many years.

After a period of relative stagnation, in recent years the conditions for encounter and dialogue across the Abkhazian-Georgian and South Ossetian-Georgian conflict lines have deteriorated. Since the summer of 2004, movement across the South Ossetian-Georgian boundary line has been significantly restrained. In the Abkhazian-Georgian context, too, opportunities for dialogue have deteriorated since the summer of 2006.

The August 2008 war over South Ossetia has had a significant impact on opportunities for peaceful interaction in the region. It has further closed down communication channels and intensified suspicion between people living in all affected communities.

The international community has not supported Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia following the August war. This partial recognition has however had significant consequences on the conflict dynamics. Official negotiations, halted in 2006, and the Geneva process after August 2008 so far have shown only limited points of conversion between all parties involved.

Aim and principles

The partner organisations in this programme share the conviction that it is crucial to broaden the space for dialogue through “people-to-people” contact. In particular, this project aims to deepen understanding of political processes in the communities affected by conflict and the perceptions of these processes on different sides of the conflict divides. It also intends to build the capacities of young leaders and engaged open-minded young professionals to think about complex solution models to the challenges their societies face. At the same time, they will be challenged to explore the possibilities and limitations of trust-building processes.

Dialogue and Study Visits for the Transformation of the Georgian-Abkhazian & Georgian-Ossetian Conflicts

The workshops bring together young leaders and activists from across the conflict divide, combining a study-visit dynamic with dialogue workshops. The workshops take place in Chisinau, Tiraspol, Prishtina and Mitrovica and give the participants an opportuinty to explore the perceptions and positions on both sides of the conflict setting. The analytical study-vist phase is followed by an comparison with the situation home as well as the dialogue.

The meetings are facilitated by a team of local and international organiseres.

Young Facilitators of the Future

The goal of this project is to train and empower young professionals to facilitate and manage dialogue meetings across the conflict divide in a sustainable way. The project contains of a series of trainings conducted in Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well of international mixed trainings with Abkhaz-Georgian and South Ossetian-Georgian participants. 

With the first training phase completed the dialogue ans study-visit workshops will continue with the young trained facilitators conducting the meetings.

Young Facilitators in Action - Moving ahead with Dialogue and Study Visits for the Transformation of Conflicts

Nobody said that this is going to be easy but with this project phase young Georgian, Abkhaz and South Ossetian take more ownership in the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-South Ossetian dialogue & study-visit process. The dialogue continues being facilitated by mixed Abkhaz-Georgian and South Ossetian-Georgian teams of Young Facilitators.


Engagement through Dialogue

The partner organis- ations share the conviction that it is crucial to broaden the space for dialogue through people-to-people contact.