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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Mediators Beyond Boarders
  • Country: USA – Worldwide activities
  • City: Pittsburgh
  • Type of organization: non-profit humanitarian organization
  • Date of creation: -
  • Interests: Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Sustainable development

[edit] Overview

Mediators Beyond Borders - Partnering for Peace & Reconciliation is a non-profit, humanitarian organization established to partner with communities worldwide to build their conflict resolution capacity for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. This partnership involves the design and implementation of sustainable peace building initiatives responsive to the needs and culture of the communities, and to the history of each conflict. MBB is not a first responder, and is not prepared to intervene in the midst of violent crises.

Mediators Beyond Borders interprets "beyond borders" broadly. It acts across geographical, political, economic, societal, and cultural boundaries. MBB partners with NGO's, universities, political and activist groups, community organizations, professional societies, environmental, commercial and other entities worldwide to develop skills for group facilitation, public dialogue, strategic planning, collaborative negotiation, peer mediation, restorative justice, and public policy consensus building.

MBB considers the term mediator to be inclusive of a broad range of conflict management and resolution endeavors. Activities such as conciliation, consulting, facilitation, consensus building, conducting public dialogues, system design, restorative justice initiatives, education and capacity building to mitigate or prevent violence are all encompassed within a sweeping definition of mediator.

[edit] Mission

“MBB brings together mediators and allied professionals to volunteer worldwide in support of conflict resolution capacity building efforts in underserved areas to make them more effective and sustainable”.

[edit] Vision

Building sustainable conflict resolution capacity for a more peace “able” world.

[edit] Projects

[edit] The Liberian Initiative

Location: Liberia

This project began with training and advising Liberian residents of Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana in response to requests to set up a community and peer mediation service. MBB then worked with former child soldiers along-side numerous Liberian, Ghanaian and international partners.

[edit] Lawrenceville Dialogue Project

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

In August of 2007 MBB initiated a project to examine the efficacy of refugee resettlement efforts in the Pittsburgh area, particularly the Somali Bantu. The project examines three areas of concern: access to healthcare, access to education and social integration/community mediation.

[edit] Hurricane Katrina Project

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

MBB is deeply committed to building conflict resolution capacity not only overseas, but also in the U.S. By partnering with the Mississippi Mediation Project and the Family Mediation Council of Louisiana, MBB is working with community-based mediators in New Orleans, LA and Biloxi, MS to improve their skills and to develop community mediation programs.

[edit] Middle East Initiative

Location: The Middle East

Mediators Beyond Borders, Middle East Initiative, is working with Neve Shalom Wahat Al Salam (NSWAS), an intentional Israeli village of Palestinian/Israeli and Jewish/Israeli families founded in 1978, to assist their Pluralistic Spirituality Center, PSC, on their program “Mediation in a Multi-Cultural Context”.

[edit] The Zimbabwe Initiative

Location: Zimbabwe

The Initiative seeks to assist civil society in Zimbabwe in preparing for a peaceful transition and developing internal capacity for solving the most pressing humanitarian challenges. The Initiative is focusing on developing a civil society network to facilitate and enhance communication among hostile factions, providing conflict resolution training, and initiating a public dialogue/consensus-building program

[edit] The Copenhagen Initiative

MBB is the only mediation organization that will be officially observing the proceedings of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the most important environmental conference since Kyoto. MBB will assume a global leadership role as it urges delegates to include mediation in the new protocols and hosts an environmental mediation seminar.

[edit] The Colombia Project

Location: Colombia

MBB is exploring establishing rural community mediation centers along with local reconciliation organizations, with the potential to integrate mediation and dialogue into many areas of Colombian life. MBB’s role in the Caribbean region of Colombia will be providing mediation training to its Colombian partners and community members.

[edit] The Kenya Project

Location: Kenya

MBB is in communication with the Kenya Pastoralist Network about possibly partnering to help facilitate inter-tribal process in the search for common ground.

[edit] The Kosovo Project

Location: Kosovo

MBB’s proposed goal is to train Kosovo volunteers in dialogue facilitation, cross-cultural communication, prejudice reduction and bias awareness and other conflict resolution techniques.

[edit] The Lebanon Project

Location: Lebanon

MBB is seeking in Lebanon, as a post conflict society, to bring disparate groups into a sustained and long term dialogue to reduce bias and religious prejudice.

[edit] The Nepal Initiative

Location: Nepal

MBB plans to collaborate with Nepali community mediation programs by providing training assistance and consultation in the areas of juvenile restorative justice and post-conflict trauma training for experienced mediators.

[edit] The Sierra Leone Initiative

Location: Sierra Leone

University student peace groups are seeking MBB’s help in building a coalition and training the peace groups and the student body in conflict resolution to prevent a return of violence in elections and club initiations.

[edit] The Yemen Project

Location: Yemen

MBB is discussing partnering in a newly established mediation center to provide training in group facilitation, dialogue, leadership and coaching.

[edit] Contact

Pittsburgh National Office, 1807 Jancey Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-1065 - USA

Tel: 412-441-1151


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