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National Forum for Dialogue

This project planted seeds for national dialogue as a way to deal with political differences in Kyrgyzstan.

In light of the inter-ethnic violence which followed the 2010 revolution, the National Forum for Dialogue was set up as a high-level, inclusive, participatory and open-ended process, drawing on all sectors of society, to exchange views about socio-political and other developments in Kyrgyzstan. It aimed to enhance understanding and contribute to the creative and peaceful resolution of pressing issues.

The dialogue process involved 20–30 people from major political parties, civil society organisations, local authorities, religious leaders and prominent public figures in Kyrgyzstan. During the course of the project, one informal and three formal roundtable meetings took place, as well as a number of working group meetings. The roundtables provided the groups with insights into the real causes of instability in the country, and showed that agreements are possible between participants from across various conflict lines.

The project was implemented in partnership with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) between September 2010 and March 2012.