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“Taking Stock of Mediation Support: What Do Envoys Think?”

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Late 2016, EIP began looking at ways to make mediation support more effective – launching a stocktaking project culminating in this booklet. The basis for the product is three years of investigation into what is working well, and what needs improving, in mediation support.

We accumulated valuable insights by gathering envoys from the UN, the EU, the AU, the OSCE, and independent mediation actors, to discuss what they need, and how current support services and structures responds to that. The findings were discussed and compared with input from our peers among the field’s leading mediation support experts. 

We are now pleased to publish the result of this process. The booklet depicts tricky situations that mediation support actors, envoys and mediators often find themselves in – when things do not go as expected. The cartoons are complemented with concrete options and suggestions for support actors to pick up on. Please find a pdf of the booklet below.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the project: to the mediators, envoys and mediation support actors for sharing their fascinating stories, to our advisors for their expertise and tireless support and to cartoonist Lectrr for translating our findings into beautiful visuals.

A special thanks goes to the Government of Sweden for its generous financial support which made the Mediation Support Stocktaking project possible.

Additional information:

How to strengthen the quality of mediation?

By Stine Lehmann – Larsen

Ten years of mediation support – where do we stand today? 

By Stine Lehmann – Larsen

Five things to read about mediation 

By Anouk van den Akker and Ingrid Magnusson

A new pathway to power: How to fast-track women’s participation in peace processes

By Ingrid Magnusson and Antonia Potter Prentice

What do mediators expect from mediation support?

By EIP’s Mediation Quality Programme

Mind the Gap: How can policy be put into practice?

By EIP’s Mediation Quality Programme

Why it’s hard to change the behaviour of a mediator – and why we should keep trying

By Arvid Hallberg

How mediators help us improve mediation support

By Stine Lehmann-Larsen and Andreas Müllerleile

Demystifying mediation: impressions from a retreat with senior envoys

By Stine Lehmann-Larsen and Lucas van de Vondervoort

What support does a mediator need for a peace process? Key takebacks on effective mediation support

By Stine Lehmann-Larsen and Ingrid Magnusson

Local solutions, critical friends, and telling good stories – impressions from an EIP retreat

By Stine Lehmann-Larsen and Ingrid Magnusson

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