Think Like a 21st Century Economist

Economics matters enormously for the future, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date.

No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools used to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for the future. Read more

Mediators and Mediation Support

Mediating a peace process requires more than a mediator who is winning the trust of conflict parties and guiding them towards an agreement. Successful mediation typically involves a number of experts that support, develop and strengthen the mediation process. Over the past 10 years, mediation support has become an important feature in international conflict mediation. However, to make mediation support more effective we have to address some shortcomings. A new blog series from EIP’s Mediation Quality Programme. Read more

WBF: First Call for Project Proposals

Western Balkans Fund (WBF) is pleased to announce the First Call for regional Project Proposals. Following the WBF objectives and scope of work, the call aims to promote cooperation and strengthening the relations between Contracting Parties by sharing common values between citizens, civil society and non-profit organizations in the region, and improving the people-to-people contacts Read more

Critical Thinking in the Age of Emoji’s

Fake News. Echo Chambers. Viral Posts. Society looks at Education to help student navigate this “brave new world”. Citizenship is seen as the place to deliver Media Literacy. But Maybe History can Play a Role? The Digital Age has after all brought a lot of tools to the history educators, including easy access to billions of sources…How to choose? What to do? What to teach? Read more

UNESCO Research on Social Media

Does social media lead vulnerable individuals to resort to violence? Many people believe it does. And they respond with online censorship, surveillance and counter-speech. But what do we really know about the Internet as a cause, and what do we know about the impact of these reactions?

Violent extremism is becoming a major challenge for many societies today and is threatening the security and fundamental rights of citizens all over the world. Violent extremism is an affront to the principles of the United Nations, embodied in universal human rights and fundamental freedoms. With a mandate to foster cooperation and solidarity through communication and information, UNESCO supports its Member States and civil society actors in responding to extremism and radicalization on the Internet. Read more

Qualitative Study

Qualitative researches have been conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey under the project “Divided Past – Joint Future“. Subject of research involved attitudes
and opinions of citizens, representatives of public, private and civil sector on peace building and the process of reconciliation as well as the role of civil sector in those processes in the mentioned countries. Read more

YP Initiative – Call for Applications

Since its founding in 2014, the Youth Peace Initiative (YPI) has brought Palestinian and Israeli youth together with the goal to advance positive engagement of youth to the peace process within the region. Starting out with a group of fifteen participants in The Hague, the initiative has grown to a large group with more enthusiastic and active delegates and many more affiliated young people around the world, discussing the current situation and developing ideas for a sustainable solution. Read more

Women’s Inclusion in Peace Mediation

Last week, Norway made history with Ine Eriksen Søreide becoming the country’s first female foreign minister. Even in relatively gender-equal countries like Norway it is still rare to find women holding top positions in the so-called “hard issue” sectors of foreign affairs and peace and security. Barriers to the full involvement of women in work to prevent and resolve violent conflicts still persist. Read more