Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) is a peace-building think tank, with regional scope, that uses participatory research to make effective and sustainable policy recommendations aiming to enable societies at all levels to make informed decisions, based on the values of inclusivity, accountability and democracy. SeeD grew out of the UNDP-ACT funded “Cyprus 2015” project, which was launched in May 2009 with the intention to create a bridge between public opinion and the policy level of the Cyprus peace process.
UNDP’s role in helping to address Cyprus’ conflict is unique in the organisation’s global experience. The Action for Cooperation Trust Programme (ACT) started in 2005 and succeeded the Bi-Communal Development Programme (BDP) which supported peace building efforts from 1998. Different phases of the ACT programme targeted the capacity of civil society to feed into the process of inter-communal reconciliation, and this UNDP support has responded to the growth of civic engagement priorities on the island.
In 2013 UNDP launched the Crossroads for Civic Engagement project (ACT-CCE), which seeks to help a Cypriot inter-communal civil society sector emerge as a recognized partner to the Cyprus peace talks and the work of civil society organizations in the wider European Neighbourhood region. It builds on the lessons of the past 15 years of reconciliation projects to create new innovative mechanisms for civic engagement where Cypriot thought leaders and civil society leaders can pool their collective experiences to support transition in Cyprus and exchange that knowledge with peers in neighbouring countries. ACT-CCE now responds to the demand by influential groups in society to support a more inclusive peace process and the evolution of inter-regional CSO partnerships.
USAID in Cyprus, since 1975, has provided well over $500 million in assistance aimed at overcoming the tragedy of the island’s division. Beginning in 1998, it began to actively promote bicommunal cooperation between Cypriots on initiatives that would benefit the island as a whole and support a broad political settlement. It invited proposals from both sides and became the first donor to directly fund the activities of Cypriot non-governmental organizations, contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the civil-society sector that is now at the forefront of improved policy making and active peace building.
USAID in Bosnia and Herzegovina is helping to create a more stable country closer to Euro-Atlantic integration through two mutually reinforcing development objectives – democracy and governance, and economic growth. Considering inter-ethnic reconciliation as a cross-cutting issue, USAID works to create a vibrant society that values tolerance and diversity, and where women, youth, and minorities flourish.
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) has been active in Nepal since 1975 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The main goals of GIZ in Nepal are to reduce poverty, to ensure inclusive development and to improve the country’s economic and political framework. GIZ also supports the peacebuilding and community mediation programmes run by the local non-governmental organization called ‘Pro Public’ in Kathmandu, Nepal. In collaboration Pro Public, GIZ currently advises the National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction on Infrastructure for Peace (I4P) Project.