Funded By: the Active Citizens Fund, Civil Society Programme of the EEA and Norway Grants
Programme Period: April 2020 - April 2024
The Home for Cooperation (H4C) provides a safe space and unique services for individuals and organisations coming from across the divide to meet and collaborate in the UN Controlled Buffer Zone (BZ) in Nicosia since it has been founded by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) in 2011. Since 2014 it is governed by its own Governing Board, where the AHDR Board is also represented.
The establishment and first years of the H4C’s operation was significantly supported by EEA Grants. Over its 9 years of existence, the H4C has evolved into a space enabling discussion of concerns and interests shared by all communities on the island. The idea is that when people from all communities get the chance to meet one another, to exchange ideas and share experiences, an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect is constructed, strengthening the foundation for a political culture of cooperation so much needed in Cyprus. The focus on education, culture, arts and cooperation among civil society organisations and commerce has a direct correlation with strengthened social cohesion via increased social capital achieved by constructing ties between communities.
While at the official political level the pursuit for peace is aiming at a comprehensive political agreement, the civil society is aiming to build a culture of cooperation and trust from below, providing the socio-political environment needed for a stable peace in Cyprus. The AHDR is contributing to the development of this process through implementation of numerous programs and projects. At the same time, the H4C provides an appropriate working environment for other NGOs working across the existing divide to join forces and support each other.
Below, the list of activities in the 48-month project will be presented under 3 major project components:
Pillar I – Educational and Research Programmes: To support AHDR activities and to develop dialogue on history education. It will include the organisation of an annual applied history education laboratory, revisiting our policy paper on education and history education reform proposal, as well as research and development of trilingual supplementary educational materials. A detailed description of all AHDR activities under Pillar I of the project will be made available throughout the duration of the project.
Pillar II – Infrastructure: Supporting the operational expenses of the Home for Cooperation under which activities are centered on the functioning and maintenance of the Home for Cooperation on an operational level, building a framework for its sustainability.
Pillar III – Cultural and Community Activities: All ongoing activities under Pillar III will be managed by the Home for Cooperation Team and made available on the Home's website.