EIP's "Mediation Quality Programme" (MQP) aims to improve the quality of mediation and its support structures through innovative and pragmatic thinking. The programme ensures that the EIP and its partners are equipped with the most effective peace-making approaches to solve modern conflicts.

MQP is an operational knowledge hub

EIP practitioners have been immersed in the peace-making field for decades, leading and supporting numerous peace processes. MQP improves current practices in conflict resolution by tapping into this experience, network and know-how. We use the experience and expertise within EIP and its wider network to push forward an agenda of innovation and improvement - and by producing state-of-the art knowledge tools on difficult issues in peace processes. This approach enables us to deliver targeted support and advice to mediation actors in the field, both in the EIP’s own operations and that of our close partners. In all MQP projects there is a close link between the generation and application of knowledge.

Our approach

We are in a privileged position to partner with key actors from leading institutions and NGOs in developing and generating new and innovative approaches to some of the most complex challenges facing peace processes. Our close relationship with key mediating actors enables us to apply new approaches in the field. We work to ensure that the most advanced and cutting-edge knowledge tools are developed, tailored and provided to mediation actors.

1. Practice innovation: Identification and application of good mediation practice

MQP is an innovator for good practice development. We aim to improve mediation by evaluating and challenging current practices. This project is carried out in close partnership with practitioners and thus combines knowledge development as well as direct field application. It addresses pertinent issues within current mediation environment with an innovative knowledge management cycle. The project is currently being piloted through support from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the issue of ‘mediation as an instrument in preventive diplomacy’. In 2017 we are planning to apply our methodology to the issue of how to link insider mediators to formal processes; followed by how to engage with violent extremist groups (2017), and how to navigate a crowded conflict theatre (2017/18).

2. Stocktaking: Assessing and tailoring mediation support to improve its impact

Mediation support has become a key feature in peace making. MQP is assessing what constitutes good support, what triggers mediators to develop their techniques and skills, and how mediation support experts can become better at responding to the needs of the field. Based on a series of seminars with mediation practitioners we will improve EIP’s own working methods and provide advice and recommendations to mediation support units interested in improving their impact.

3. Peace process assessments: Reviewing the quality of peace agreement implementation

We review and analyse the quality of peace agreements to ensure that they are implemented in accordance with their terms of reference. During these assessments we are addressing questions of accountability and suggest adjustments to the implementation process in order to increase the sustainability of peace agreements.

4. Strategic advice: Supporting mediation actors on thematic issues to identify and implement new avenues for action

We help mediation and diplomatic actors renew their thinking and strategies. We bring select experts together to conceptualise new approaches to difficult issues and develop ways ahead; we design new avenues for engagement in delicate political processes; and we help implement these in critical conflict settings.

5. Coaching: Developing modules on good mediation practice

We conduct tailored mediation coaching for high-level diplomats from European peace making actors. This entails case-specific coaching sessions related to specific situations, tailored thematic sessions, as well as a set of modules focused on third party support for peace processes, such as entry and exit strategies, engaging violent extremist groups, peace process sustainability and inclusivity. We also provide tailored strategic advice to European actors on how to strengthen their role in mediation.

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