Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives (RPI) is Relationism applied to conflict resolution between communities and between nations.
RPI is putting plans in place to conduct a high-level, confidential process to build trust across the political divides to envision a common peaceful future for Korea and all its neighbours, and to build the necessary background trust in order to enable the achievement of a sustainable social and economic settlement in that country.
The objectives are:
- To show how a relational approach can provide a framework for public policy in the Korean Peninsula because it provides a bridge between the socialism of DPRK and the capitalism of ROK, as well as drawing on the shared traditions and values of the Korean people.
- To hold a series of consultations from October 2018 to February 2023, attended by invited participants who are members of the international community and who have appropriate technical expertise, at a neutral venue, to explore the feasibility and growth potential of a relational approach across the major sectors of agriculture, industry and the public sector.
Following each consultation, to support the meeting of a Strategy Group from DPRK and ROK, with international experts as appropriate, to draft a shared Strategic Plan for the Peninsula for that sector, and subsequently to assist in convening a donor and NGO conference to initiate a wide range of projects in the Peninsula consistent with the agreed Strategic Plan.
From 1986, a relational peacebuilding methodology was developed and implemented within the context of what then became known as the Newick Park Initiative (NPI). This continued until April 1991 and helped to ensure the peaceful transition there from white supremacist rule to fully racially-inclusive democracy.
The process involved both the original participants and leading to the involvement of senior members of the ANC together with SA Government officials. Through regular meetings held in England and South Africa, NPI provided a safe context in which discussion on difficult problems could be carried out amicably and informally, but also objectively, without the media pressure to make partisan statements.
NPI was an evidence-based process founded on the building of trust and the honest and open sharing of insights with the goal of a just and fully-inclusive peace. Each of the conferences was underpinned by detailed research and, as the process continued, drew on top-level expertise from leading South African and international experts.
Through these meetings goals and strategies were identified on which there could be a high degree of consensus on the basis of shared values, and at the same time narrow down areas of conflict and disagreement where further research and consultation was needed to bring the parties to the negotiation process closer together. NPI provided a crucial contribution to the peace process in South Africa and helped to ensure the peaceful transition there from white supremacist democratic rule.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives (RPI) is a Swiss Association established in canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It facilitates behind the scenes consultations which aim to help turn major political conflicts into lasting and satisfactory settlements.
Through sustained and comprehensive experience in its peacebuilding initiatives in South Africa, Rwanda and Sudan, RPI has developed a Track Two peacebuilding methodology which is applicable in many conflict-situations around the world.