The Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) grew out of the UNDP-ACT funded “Cyprus 2015” project, which was launched in May 2009 with the intention of contributing to the Cyprus peace process by bridging the public opinion with efforts on the policy level. With support from Interpeace and UNDP-ACT, SeeD was officially registered in Belgium as a legal entity - an international not-for-profit association - in late 2012. Since then, SeeD has grown into a reputable international think-tank sharing its know-how and expertise with institutional networks engaged in policy research, peacebuilding and democratic participation in order to develop synergies and pursue common goals across multiple contexts in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia:
Evolution of SeeD nutshell:
Initially … we were an inter-communal peacebuilding organization utilizing research and dialogue tools in support of the Cyprus Peace Process:
• Four inter-communal public opinion surveys, 2009-2012;
• Three iterations of the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index, 2013-2015;
• Multi-stakeholder dialogue processes on issues related to the Cyprus Problem (e.g. Sustainable Development in unified Cyprus, Daily Life in a post-solution context);
• Several policy briefs (e.g. on confidence building measures, role of women in the peace process).
But more recently ... we have a growing international presence, offering peacebuilding support services in other conflict areas:
• Implementation of the SCORE Index - so far - in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Ukraine, and currently in Eastern Ukraine, Liberia and Moldova;
• Providing data analysis services for a ‘healing spaces’ program in Rwanda;
• Supported the development of a Social Cohesion Index for the Arab region;
• Contributed to the ‘Frameworks for Assessing Resilience’ program, which was implemented by Interpeace in Guatemala, Liberia and Timor Leste;
• Currently developing conceptual frameworks and models for the investigation of violent extremism, ahead of a project proposal to be prepared in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and other academic / peacebuilding organizations.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years.