Action for Nonviolence and Peacebuilding (ANP) is a local multiethnic, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded with the vision to achieve permanent and stable peace in Kosovo and in the Balkans.
Kosovo is one of the most controversial and discussed places in Europe since the war in 1999. Even after nine years of international administration and its declaration of independence in 2008, the aftermaths of the war in 1999 are still present in the everyday life. Kosovo is facing large scale socio-economic problems and a division of society; furthermore the current political culture lacks broad-based and forceful peace approaches.
The history of Kosovo is marked by a diversity of cultural and political influences, which have shaped the socio-cultural heritage of the country. Today members of the Albanian and Serbian community but also Roma, Ashkali, Bosniaks, Turks and Egyptians all live in Kosovo.
Action for Nonviolence and Peacebuilding (ANP) was founded in 2002 to overcome the legacy of war, to rebuild social connections and to work on the democratic future of Kosovo. The Gjilan/Gnjilane based organization promotes a culture of nonviolence, active citizenship for Peacebuilding and the initiation of inter-ethnic dialogue.
Working with methods of nonviolent conflict transformation and nonviolent communication ANP conducts training, debates, seminars and advocacy campaigns to foster an open and tolerant society.
Since 2002, qualified ANP trainers are have worked with youth and adults from the Gjilan/Gnjilane region, participants from all over Kosovo and jointly with peace organizations in Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia on the following topics:
The ANP team offers a range of skills in various areas of expertise including film production, editing, acting and working jointly with teachers and psychologists. As a civil society organization ANP is embedded in an international network of partners coming from the USA, Canada, Serbia and Germany and sharing the same values, goals and mutual trust.