During 2018, we have developed new database about all the projects we have implemented until today. Now you can easily find out what we did in a particular year, or what kind of activities we have realized in certain target region.
CRISP is growing again! Last year we have welcomed two new colleagues Sarah Walther-Young and Nathalie Rücker. They brought much experience and expertise into our team. Also in 2018, we hosted new Volunteers within European Solidarity Corpus Noha Mosaad from Egypt and Anna Branets from Ukraine. Both were supporting our projects in their home countries, but were also involved in other activities. We also had very fruitful cooperation with the interns we hosted in 2018 – many thanks to all of them for their very committed contributions.
In 2018, we moved to a bigger and lighter office. Now you find us at Ringbahnstraße 54 (S+U Tempelhof). Further, CRISP turned 10 years and we welcomed many people to our housewarming party to this occasion. We are very grateful to everybody, who managed to join our celebration.
In Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Eastern Partnership, Russia and the South Caucasus we built up on our previous projects. However, we also initiated some new activities, such as K2GAMES project concerning sustainable development, climate change risks and their impact on human health. We have also held several workshops in Chile schools regarding the topic of citizen participation. We conducted numerous training for young diplomats at German Federal Foreign Office, as well as for scholarship holders, cross-cultural interns IFA, military soldiers, students, etc. Within the project “Peace and Conflict Consultant” we created a handbook “Peace Practice: Theory and Practice of Peacebuilding Initiatives in Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia” and made our contribution to professionalization in the field of peacebuilding.
We have developed a lot over the last year, new office, new colleagues, new projects and we are very much looking forward to continue our work in 2019. As well as in the last ten years, we are also aiming for further cooperation with other organizations or individuals working in Conflict Transformation or Civic Education. If you are interested in our work, feel free to contact us.
Here you find the foreword of the Executive Directors Florian Dunkel and Andreas Muckenfuß:
We had another amazing year at CRISP. It goes without saying that we are happy and grateful that we were able to continue our work in the field of conflict transformation, mostly due to our pro-jects in Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, the South Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine. Due to our devoted efforts over the past years in all regions, we managed to develop a long-lasting approach that finally led to an increase in outreach and visibility of all our activities. This all thanks to the constant support of our friends and partners.
The demand for innovative tools for conflict transformation and civic education is high and we receive requests from all over the world on a weekly basis. This brought us for example to the Chile, where we designed a simulation game for civic participation and implemented a workshop-series in different locations.
In order to manage the ever growing demand, we welcomed two new colleagues: Sarah Walther-Young and Nathalie Rücker. Both have a background in non-formal education and women´s-empowerment. Additionally, we offered an employment contract to our former European Volun-teer Katja Pavlova. As in the past we also hosted two European Volunteers Anna Branets (Ukraine) and Noha Mosaad (Egypt).
As a result of this growth, we reached a major milestone by finding new office space for the ex-panding team. Leaving our first office in Weisestraße was accompanied by some nostalgia, how-ever we are extremely happy about our new facilities at Ringbahnstraße (S+U Tempelhof) – which perfectly fit our needs.
For the upcoming year, we will continue and complete the projects in Kyrgyzstan and start several new endeavors. New projects are planned for Egypt, Jordan, South Caucasus and Ukraine. Fur-thermore, we want to establish relationships with the many(potential) partners from our target regions and beyond that are ready to cooperate with us.
We hope to start numerous new cooperative relationships and projects and to make our work even more sustainable. Peacebuilding needs a long-term approach and we do our best to provide the needed spaces for peace to take hold. We look optimistically into 2019 and hope to see old friends and partners again and to expand our network further.
Florian Dunkel & Andreas Muckenfuß