Porodice Ribar 8
Bosnia & Herzegovina
- International/Cultural relations
We are best known for intenstive-format summer academies aimed for both students and activists. In addition, we have published several books on social justice, strategic peacebuilding, and a culture of memory. For several years we organised practitioner exchanges with the Ukraine, where participants from a particular focus would travel to Bosnia to learn from Bosnian experiences after the war. Presently we have an active volunteer board and a volonteer director who are committed to re-activating the organisation.
PAF's Vision The PAF envisions a culture of peace as a relevant characteristic of relations within the region, in each country and between them. PAF emphasizes that peace is not only the “absence of war” and shares an idea of a culture of peace as defined by the United Nations General Assembly in 1998 “as consisting of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.” PAF's Mission Our mission is to help construct and affirm a culture of peace in all social spheres by exchange of theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, and experiences; development of existing and creation of new theoretical models for peace work; education for everyone who is active or wishes to be active in the field of peace work; and fostering connections between actors relevant for peacebuilding and promotion of peace work. PAF's Values Our work is based on following values: Appreciating diversity – PAF empowers and supports cooperation between different social groups engaged in peacebuilding; Commitment to dialogue – PAF supports and encourages the exchange of ideas, and constructive critique of existing theories and practices of peacebuilding; Readiness to learn and change ourselves – We see the work of the PAF as a process in which we all participate and make decisions on an equal basis; Linking academia with activism – PAF is a space for exchange of different perspectives and approaches, not a competitive space; Nonviolence and a culture of peace – These are the ultimate principles of our work and fostering them is our ultimate goal; Political aspects – we see peace work as a mode of political and civic activism and a necessary condition for creating positive social change.
Presently we have two active projects. In 2020 we are planning a summer course with modest funding from ECRP. In addition, we have initiated a research project called "Study of Peacebuilding Practice in Divided Societies" (more information at http://www.mirovna-akademija.org/rma/index.php/en/projects/study-of-peac...)
We are particularly strong on linking academic and activist approaches. This summer we are planning a course on resistance to nationalism and populism that could be of interest to participants from member organisations.
One of our important values is to be active and contribute to civil society more broadly, concretely through active participation in networks. We were previously a member although a rather inactive one.