7 November 2023 - 9.00-11.00  / Room 7 Palais de l'Europe

Interpretation FR/EN

It is sometimes asserted that one of the shortcomings in many of the global peace-building initiatives by the international community is its top-to-bottom approach. The real stakeholders are usually to be found at the grass-roots level.

Members of local communities, civil society, public-private partnerships, public authorities can create the environment within which dialogue and understating are fostered, thus leading to a resilient peace. How can we prevent violence among communities by using the bottom-up approach? What are the advantages of the grass-roots level organisations in building the sustainable peace? How to bring all the stakeholders on the local level in order to prevent violence and build long-lasting peace?

Lab 2: New ways of conflict resolution

Full screen: ENFR / ORIGINAL

Palais de l'Europe, Room 7 7 November 2023 (09.00-11.00 )
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Programme de l’Université citoyenne en République Démocratique du Congo - JAMAA Grands Lacs


JAMAA was founded with the aim of mobilising the potential of local communities to promote good living together, constructive conflict management, participatory governance and the economic empowerment of women and young people in vulnerable situations. The organisation focuses on reducing community violence through a process of inter-community dialogue, internal mediation, reintegration, and strategic, participatory advocacy. Through its Citizens' University programme, which aims to integrate young people into civic life, the organisation works with civil society players on the promotion of democracy, peace and civic commitment, with an emphasis on public-private partnerships with socio-political leaders (ministers, MPs, NGO directors, etc.), who come to facilitate the weekly seminars for citizen participation.




Executive Director, JAMAA Grands Lacs

Democratic Republic of Congo

Founder of the JAMAA Grands Lacs organisation, nominated as one of the 10 outstanding young leaders in French-speaking Africa for the Kofi Annan Foundation's WYDE project, winner of the international "Young Builder of Trust" award for 2023 by Initiative of Change international.

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Asseyons-nous et discutons - Maison de la démocratie et des droits de l’homme


The Maison de la démocratie et des droits de l'homme (M2DH) is a space for information, training, education, awareness-raising and citizen mobilisation for the promotion of democracy and human rights. The "Asseyons-nous et Discutons" project was carried out in 32 at-risk neighbourhoods in Conakry and Dubréka. The overall aim of the project was to promote dialogue and social consultation through traditional conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms. The players involved in the project were neighbourhood chiefs, community leaders, religious leaders, women and young people from the localities concerned. A number of activities were carried out, including community meetings, awareness-raising sessions and educational talks, all of which helped to prevent and resolve social and political conflicts between citizens.




Executive Director, Maison de la démocratie et des droits de l’homme


Moussa Soumaoro is a sociologist by training with over six (6) years' experience in project management. He has managed several projects on conflict prevention, civic engagement, human rights education, capacity-building for youth organisations, etc. Moussa is currently Executive Director of the Maison de la démocratie et des droits de l'homme de Guinée.  Moussa is also an alumnus of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship 2019 in Civic Engagement at the University of Georgia and the Young African Leadership Initiative (Yali) 2017 in Dakar.

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Building Inter-communal Bridges - Interfaith Encounter Association


The Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA) is an Israeli-Palestinian non-profit NGO that works to promote genuine coexistence and sustainable peace, through joint community building on the grassroots level, using interactive interfaith dialogue as its vehicle. The objective of the project is to advance inter-communal equality-based peaceful relations by developing and sustaining seed-groups of Jews, Muslims and Christians, religious, secular and traditional, who regularly meet and bond through conversations on issues that have deep existential meaning for participants – learning to appreciate similarities, accommodate differences and building and maintaining friendships with people they disagree with. Participants are empowered with tools to initiate and lead future encounter groups and other activities and encourage others to join the IEA groups as a means of promoting peacebuilding processes.

* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe member States on this issue.




Executive director of the Interfaith Encounter Association

Yehuda Stolov is the executive director of the Interfaith Encounter Association that works since 2001 to build peaceful inter-communal relations in the Holy Land by fostering mutual respect and trust between people and communities through active interfaith dialogue.  Dr. Stolov has lectured throughout the world and published many papers on related issues. He was awarded in 2006 the Immortal Chaplains Foundation's Prize for Humanity; and in 2015 the IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East.  He holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Physics and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is married and father of three children, living in Jerusalem.

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International Trustbuilding Program - Initiatives of Change International


Initiatives of Change International (IofCI) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures dedicated to building long-term peace and trust across the world’s divides. The Trustbuilding Program (TBP) helps divided communities to reconcile and create lasting peace from the ground up. It aims to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperation. Key actions include trustbuilding workshops, dialogues, using sport to bring polarized groups together and community outreach activities. The Program is the flagship programme of the IofC movement. It focuses on reconciliation, healing, peacebuilding and fostering democracy in Kenya, France, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India, Nepal, South Africa, Nigeria, Burundi, Ukraine and Cameroon. Participants are those that are divided in the community and diverse stakeholders who wish to build trust, particularly faith and community leaders, youth and in some countries, government officials.




Former Secretary of Initiatives of Change International

John Bond is a former Secretary of Initiatives of Change International. He has worked in 26 countries to build trust and reconciliation in situations of tension and conflict. For nine years he was the Secretary of Australia’s National Sorry Day Committee, which enlisted nearly a million Australians in campaigning for an apology to Aboriginal Australians for cruel and misguided government policies. This campaign led to a wholehearted apology by the Parliament in 2008, and new funded policies aimed at ending the tragic social conditions. For this work he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.



Lawyer and Professor of human rights and international law

Anna Glazewski is a lecturer in public law at the University of Strasbourg and holds a doctorate from the University of Paris Panthéon-Assas. After defending her thesis on the 'structural obligations' of the State from the point of view of international human rights law, she worked for several years as a legal adviser to the Human Rights Defender and then as a legal adviser to the European Court of Human Rights. She has also taught at the Université Paris Panthéon-Assas and at CY Cergy Paris Université, and regularly publishes in legal journals.



Youth delegate


"As a 20 year old activist of Cypriot heritage, I am deeply committed to the cause of peace, recognizing its immense value not only for my homeland but for the broader global community. Viewing the world from a border crossing lens, I firmly believe that peace and democracy are inseparable bedrocks of a thriving society. I am convinced that the journey towards democracy and the pursuit of peace are i ntertwined and must progress hand in hand. Drawing upon seven years of active engagement in civil society, I am dedicated to leveraging my experience to serve as a Youth Delegate in the most effective and impactful manner possible. Together, let us strive for a world where peace is not just an aspi ration, but a reality for all.


Emmanuel DECAUX

President of the René Cassin Foundation