“I sometimes fantasize what would happen if, instead of dropping bombs on civilian populations, mediators by the tens of thousands were parachuted into war zones to create conversations across battle lines; if, instead of shooting bullets, mediators organized public dialogues and shot questions at both sides; (…) it is possible for mediators to have an impact on the willingness, even of embittered, intransigent opponents, to participate in war or terrorism, by organizing alternative ways of expressing, negotiating, and resolving their differences. I call this idea ‘Mediators Without Borders.’ ”
-Ken Cloke, The Politics of Conflict: Mediating Evil, War, Injustice and Terrorism
MBBI started at a time when the founders recognized the critical need for conflict resolution skills at all levels of community, keenly aware of the necessary shift from the ‘powerful nations’ model to a ‘people-centered’ peacebuilding model; of the increasing leadership role of regional and sub-regional organizations, along with increasing engagement of civil society actors. All of these transitions underscored the need to prepare people at every level for participation in the state of the art peacebuilding processes that are multidisciplinary and collaborative.
MBBI’s areas of Functional expertise:
⮚ Mobilizing Experts/Advisory Support
⮚ Technical Expertise- Mediation, Negotiation, Dialogue
⮚ Design and Facilitation of a range of processes
⮚ Program Implementation and Capacity Building
⮚ Transition, Governance & Security Dimensions of Peace Processes
Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI)’s mission is to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide. Recognizing that the only lasting peace is the one built by those involved, MBBI advances the objectives of its 134 global partners by delivering and teaching skills for evidence-based context assessment, trauma-informed peacebuilding, post-conflict reconciliation and recovery, cross-sector and network collaboration, project design, implementation, evaluation, and peacebuilding leadership. Since 2007, more than 200 distinguished MBBI professional mediation, conflict transformation, and trauma recovery specialists have been catalyzing the success of local partners working to build a more peace “able” world in 33 countries on five continents. Accorded Special NGO Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), MBBI is also an Official Observer Organization for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks and Conference of the Parties.
MBBI works to bring mediation and peace skills to organizations and communities around the globe so that they can prevent, resolve, and heal from conflict. Its more than three hundred members and over fifty-five consultants comprise a global network of local practitioners.
MBBI projects are initiated by invitations from local community organizations, are designed in collaboration with community representatives, and are informed by a wide range of expertise in systems, process and training design, mediation and dialogue, restorative practices, trauma, community development and organizational behavior.