is Conflict Transformation?
transformation is a relatively new invention in the toolbox of
conflict prevention. It complements military strategies, which
contain actual violence in conflicts, and a dispute resolution
approach (mediation, for example), which addresses the problem
of disputes behind the actual violent behavior.
transformation starts with the realization that violent disputes,
conflicts and intra- or inter-state wars often take place within
a structure of interaction, which could be transformed into a
more peaceful direction, for example, by
transformation is an attractive tool in peace interventions because
- Creating new opportunities for non-violent competition/negotiation/bargaining
Addressing the issues of economic relative deprivation, and
Blocking some of the violent opportunities for the exploitation
of an anarchical criminalized economy.
- Avoids the nationalistic sensitivities often provoked by other
types of interventions.
Avoids taking sides in concrete political disputes.
Uses the tools of normal unconditional development cooperation
Is to a large extent compatible with the aims of poverty alleviation,
as well as promotion democracy, good governance and human rights.
Conflict transformation approaches require analysis of conflict
structures. This analysis can serve as a basis for a longer
term assessment of conflict-related country/area risks.
Transformation Service is a company registered in Finland/EU.
It serves as an institutional framework for several intellectual
networks, which as such are not entities that can act as contracting
parties, and which sometimes are unable to enter into contracts
through the research/university institutes their members work
for. Today CTS Conflict Transformation Service operatons have
been taken over by a new company Calx Proclivia, whose mode of
organisation is better fitted to the needs of the service.