What We Do
We bridge deep divides to transform violent conflict: to foster reconciliation, interrupt cycles of violence, and strengthen community resilience. Through long-term partnerships and collaborations with local partners in conflict-affected areas, we help people discover their shared capacity for building peace.
Our work most often takes place where violent conflicts have pitted ethnic or religious groups against each other, and people are coping with the legacies of civil war or genocide. We also lead initiatives to bridge damaging social and political divides, and to train local leaders in conflict mitigation techniques during outbreaks of communal violence.
Our initiatives span four overlapping areas of focus:
Dialogue Across Deep Divides
The skillful use of facilitated, structured dialogue allows people who have become alienated from or dehumanized by one another due to violence – or who simply hold starkly different views – to develop mutual understanding and find ways to work together.See Programs
Building Inclusive Governance
Peace requires support from political and economic structures in order to be sustainable. We support communities affected by conflict to shape decision-making and policy processes through engaging a wide range of civil society and governmental actors.See Programs
Healing and Reconciliation
Our approach to social healing and reconciliation integrates long experience in the mental health field with community-based peacebuilding practices. Through structured dialogue, shared community projects, and trauma healing programs, we work to rebuild a sense of trust and safety.See Programs
Preventing Violent Extremism
Violent extremism can arise within any religious or cultural identity group. Our approach focuses on developing non-military approaches that reduce community vulnerability and strengthen resilience against recruitment, assisting policymakers to develop broad-based prevention strategies.See Programs
© Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
PO Box 727, Greenfield, MA 01302 USA
PHONE: +1 413.256.3800
Registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization