History, Mission and Guiding Principles
The Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT), Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to building peace through innovative education, training, research and practice worldwide. ACT was established in 1999 by an alliance of skilled professionals who have conducted conflict transformation and peacebuilding projects in over 30 countries.
ACT recognizes that conflict is an inseparable part of human interaction. When addressed effectively, it can lead to peaceful and positive change. ACT helps people transform destructive conflicts by addressing underlying needs and concerns, building sustainable relationships, and changing the contexts and conditions that foster violence. ACT works with educators, youth, community and religious leaders, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies to transform conflicts into opportunities for peaceful change.
ACT believes that conflicts are embedded in relations at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and international levels, and include psychological, socio-cultural, spiritual, political, historical, and economic dimensions. We use multi-faceted approaches to develop better understandings of conflict situations and create effective interventions. All of ACT’s services incorporate a set of basic ethical values.
- Participatory methods and processes enhance ownership of decisions and actions.
- Inclusiveness for the full range of personal, professional, and cultural diversity creates successful conflict transformation and social change efforts.
- Empowerment enables people to openly and directly influence the conditions and decisions that govern their lives.
- Social Responsibility, Justice, and Healing acknowledges and corrects inequities and injustices, and promotes individual and community healing.
- Building Relationships means fostering open, honest, respectful and trusting working relationships.
- Confidentiality respects the need for safe and confidential forums to address people’s concerns and resolve conflicts.
- Accessibility makes the skills and processes of conflict transformation accessible, and provides pro-bono assistance to those in need who lack available resources.
- Modeling the Values is an inclusive, participative and flexible organizational structure and relationships that encourage growth, change, and learning.