Since 1974, Cyprus has remained divided between the Greek-Cypriot community in the south and the Turkish-Cypriot community in the north. Interpeace has been working in Cyprus since 2009 with the aim of fostering greater linkages between the high-level peace negotiations and the local population’s needs and aspirations in the two Cypriot communities.
Today Interpeace works in partnership with two local organizations to support the Peace Process in Cyprus: the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) and the Cyprus Dialogue Forum (CDF).
SeeD grew out of Interpeace’s initial initiative, ‘Cyprus 2015’, and with support from Interpeace and UNDP-ACT, SeeD was established as the first bi-communal think tank in Cyprus in 2012. At present SeeD is implementing the Security Dialogue Initiative, which will contribute innovative options for the security dossier to the peace negotiations, developed through a local research and dialogue initiative in combination with international experts’ input. Interpeace is providing support to SeeD in the design and implementation of this initiative together with the Berghof Foundation.
SeeD has also evolved into a peacebuilding think tank with regional scope, which is making the innovative tools it has developed in Cyprus over the years available to other contexts. These tools include participatory polling and the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index through which participatory research is conducted and brought to bear on policy decisions and enables more effective engagement between decision-makers and the wider public. The SCORE Index was developed in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme Action for Cooperation & Trust (UNDP-ACT) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). It measures the state of peace in a society and supports policy decisions for national and international stakeholders in countries facing peacebuilding and statebuilding challenges.