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A Glance at Mediators Beyond Borders International

By Michael Gelb

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) works to “build local skills for peace and promote [conflict] mediation worldwide” by leading and engaging opponents in alternate forms of resolution such as dialogue, negotiation, and asking each other questions [1]. The organization, which has offices in Arlington, VA and The Hague, Netherlands, prioritizes the people most affected by the conflict in all its efforts [2]. It has two main methods of doing so: (1) emphasizing “inclusivity, cultural competency, and sensitivity” to trauma and (2) taking a multi-disciplinary approach by addressing and analyzing the intersections between peace, the economy, the environment, health, and education [3]. Implementing this framework to prevent and resolve conflict, MBBI has achieved lots of success in the past. Not only that, but the NGO continues to mediate conflicts and empower marginalized groups around the world.

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