The Peace Centre is a registered association that was installed by the City of Graz.
At present the staff consists of 8 persons. The association has an annual budget of ~€ 200.000,- provided by the City of Graz and national and EC project funding.
The activities comprise seminars, workshops, a communal mediation service and concrete projects in housing areas. We cooperate mainly with local NGO's, local administration, house management etc.
The Graz Bureau for Peace and Development, also known as the “Graz Peace Centre”, is a communally sponsored service for the promotion of peace-oriented thinking. It is a one-of-a-kind undertaking in German speaking countries, probably in all of Europe as well. The city municipality, backed by all of its political parties, has committed itself to continual and systematic engagement in the areas of peace, development, tolerance, reconciliation and human right protection. In doing so, Graz has made education and project work in these areas a matter of its own political and municipal concern.
Since 1988 the city of Graz has supported the Peace Centre through financial means and personnel. At the same time, however, the centre is given complete freedom in terms of its programming, organisation and administration.
Areas of Work:
1. Educational and informational work: Based on current issues or general topics such as identity, violent group dynamics, violence and media etc., the centre’s systematic educational and information work is especially geared towards educator training programs, universities as well as work in classrooms.
2. Networking: The Peace Centre is also a “switchboard” of sorts for the activities of the many organisations working in the area of peace and development policy. Through representation in the centre’s advisory board, over 40 such organisations are using our network for the coordination and improved efficiency of their work.
3. Active Programmes for communal peace: The Peace Centre has carried out several projects on various peace issues (peace talks on the Balkans, interreligious dialogues, non-alignment policy, anti-racism …), but has concentrated on concrete communal peace work in the last years.
School workshops/adult education on identity, violent group dynamics, violence and media, non-violent self-defence
Communal Mediation Service to support in neighbourhood conflicts in all cultural contexts
HASIF: The project develops and tests a transferable, citizen and community oriented scientific procedure model to increase subjective security through preventive measures in communal living space.
Hallo Nachbar: In the frame of this project new neighbours are welcomed in culturally mixed housing complexes to provide a communicative basis for future contacts.
We can contribute our experience and know-how in the field of intercultural communal and peace work and in relevant topics like identity and peace...
About 20% of our clients come from the Arab world requiring intercultural skills which we wish to enhance. We also hope to get a better insight in conflict resolution and concepts of communal peace in the partner countries.