CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

Peaceful Dialogue

The project ‘Peaceful Dialog’ will bring together young adults from the civil society and representatives from different levels of the government to identify causes for religious tensions in Kyrgyzstan. The participants will develop potential solution to the problems religious radicalism causes that can also assist in increasing tolerance for other religious beliefs.In doing so, we will examine the needs and concerns of Muslim extremists and draft a strategy that establishes the peaceful coexistence of all religions. At a later stage, this strategy will be evaluation in collaboration with members of the government and religious leaders.

Project Duration: Feburary - December 2015 Participants: approx. 150 Regions: Bishkek, Chui, Issyk Kul, Jalalabat and Osh. Budget: 86.772,00 EUR

Target Group

For our workshops we are looking for young adults from the age of 20 to 30 who commit to the peaceful coexistence of various religions through their involvement in the civil society. We will focus on rural regions, namely Bishkek, Chui, Issyk Kul, Jalalabat and Osh. The participants will be encouraged to afterwards promote the workshop’s result in order to guarantee long-term outcomes. To ensure success of this project, a close cooperation between participants and representatives from government and religion is vital. We wish to improve cultural exchange to assist in the implementation of our project’s results.

Project Goals

The overall goal of this project is to empower Kyrgyzstan’s civil society with a special focus on young adults who already work towards the settlement of religious tensions. Facilitating our workshops in less urban areas, we will gather many different opinions and ideas that we can present to policy makers and religious stakeholders. This will contribute the process of establishing a broader concept of overcoming the religious conflicts. We plan to form long-term cooperation to empower the civil society in establishing the peaceful coexistence of all religious groups.