Frequently Asked Questions

Conflicts are usually very complex, multi-generational and difficult to fully understand. Therefore building a truly peaceful society is also a complex, long-term endeavour in which many actors and many different types of action play a role. We believe in a ‘holistic’ approach. By this we mean a combination of ‘top-down’ political will and active ‘grass roots’ inclusion of civil society. Without either of these polarities a sustainable peace will almost impossible to achieve. Therefore our approach has two main lines of action:
  • 1. A ‘horizontal’ dimension: contributing to building strong civil societies in areas of conflict, capable of creating a long-term, lasting democratic future. Through dialogue, education, cultural events and media, we build trust between communities in conflict. Focusing in particular on young adults, we inform, train, connect and empower civil society to work together on nonviolent social and political transformation.
  • 2. A ‘vertical’ dimension: complementing top-down political peace processes by bringing civil society to the negotiation table. After establishing a clear analysis of the root causes of conflict through research, we develop advocacy strategies to actively include civil society in political peace processes. The aim is to have civil society visibly present, and capable of setting the agenda and pushing for negotiation outcomes that are sustainable, democratic and beneficial for society at large.
We are strongly committed to the following values:
  • Non-Violence: Peace can never be achieved by violent means.
  • Inclusion: Peace can only be achieved if the voice and interest of every group in society - however small they may be - are heard and taken into account.
  • Transparency: Secrecy is the enemy of democracy. Information is power: providing as many people as possible of real information will always help democracy and peace.
  • Human Dignity: Every human life is immeasurably valuable. Everyone needs to be treated equally and with respect for their humanity and uniqueness.
  • Human Rights: The international human rights framework established since 1948 provides the ultimate guiding stone for the unalienable rights of every human being.
The Hague Peace Projects will:
  • Serve as a “think tank” of peace building and a professional resource of information of carefully selected international issues.
  • Contribute to the development of an appropriate framework for peace building.
  • Work towards a society characterized by social justice and human rights.
  • Give a voice to the victims of war and oppression.
  • Involve diaspora from conflict areas at the core of the organization.
Do you have a question about our organisation or our work? Please send us your question!