From September 2016 until August 2017 ICCN is hosting a volunteer from Germany. Alica Wittschen has graduated from High School in June 2016 and is now taking part in a development volunteer service. The service is implemented by the German NGO “Bread for the World” (Brot für die Welt) and part of the “weltwärts” program which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
One of ICCNs current project is "Fostering Russia-Georgia Neighborly Relations though Multististakeholder Networking and Expert Dialogue". In the frames of this project Alica is currently doing a research about the Georgian-Russian relation with a focus from the German or European perspective. Next to researching articles, she interviewed different experts in Georgia to find out about their opinions and recommendations on this topic.
Alica is looking forward to spending the next months with ICCN.
The main long-term aims are:
Strengthening democracy and civil society building
Positive peace building and conflict prevention/management in a divided society
Human rights, tolerance and gender equity
ICCN has professional experience in research and analysis, including regional security studies, sociological surveys and public opinion polling, human rights focusing on gender equity, minority rights and IDP/refugee/migration studies, peace education including training in a number of fields, public diplomacy (track-two) efforts across conflict zones, cross-border activities and peace campaigning, media and publishing activities, international expertise and networking. ICCN plays an active role in peace building and civil society building in Georgia and the Caucasus region.
ICCN activities also include advocacy and lobbying, working through opinion multipliers, networking and NGO coalitions, public campaigning, third-party intervention: consultation, facilitation, mediation. The numerous outputs include research - including sociological research: opinion polls, content analysis, monitoring and expert assessments; nation and region-wide security studies (with resulting publications), conferences, problem-solving workshops and trainings, seminars and round tables for target groups, with follow-up publications, including in periodicals.