Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD)
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality and independence. Its mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
HD was founded to pursue Henry Dunant’s vision of a world more humane. HD embraces a set of values that foster integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity in all areas of its work. They subscribe to the core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality and operational independence.
Those values and principles, as well as HD’s operational standards are reflected in the HD Charter. This Charter, which guides HD’s activities, was adopted in 2013 following an internal review of the organisation’s identity, values and principles.
As a private peacemaking organisation, its strengths and distinguishing traits include:
- The ability to conduct mediation at the leadership level of parties in conflict;
- Political independence and impartiality;
- Rapid, flexible response and the effective management of discreet processes;
- Readiness to support other lead mediators;
- Relationships with high-level networks;
- Creativity and willingness to take risks for peace;
- Capacity to convene.
HD pursues its objectives with a commitment to new approaches, to learning and to collaboration, working with others across borders, beliefs and professions. Since the organisation began operations in 1999, it has established itself as an institution that is reliable, discreet and astute.
HD’s operational work strongly relies on service-oriented corporate services (Human Resources, Finance, Communications, Fundraising Logistics and IT) to guarantee efficiency and compliance in a fast moving environment. The organisation operates as an international organisation under a host state agreement with Switzerland.See more