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Hope for a better Future -- Liberia
Safe Spaces Graduation Ganta, Nimba County April 2023
Community Dialogue on Peace and Reconciliation
Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, March 2021
Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.
Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.
HOPE for a better Future Liberia
Youth Dialogue Training, Nimba County January 2024

Hope for a better Future 

Annual Report October 2023 released. 

Liberia has experienced prolonged social trauma for more than a generation. Peace is difficult, even more so when mass trauma compromises trust, stability, and development daily. As in other post-conflict countries, the path to recovery through one-on-one psychotherapy is unavailable or infeasible. Community trauma healing presents an effective alternative. HOPE introduces mindfulness, empathy, emotional control and moral and collaborative reasoning as skills to strengthen the capacity of individuals suffering from prolonged social trauma to collaboratively find local solutions to local problems and conflict.


HOPE has three distinct priorities:

  1. Peacebuilding – community residents and stakeholders create an environment in which conflict resolution initiatives can flourish.
  2. Conflict Resolution – participants work together to address problems they face.
  3. Psychosocial Health – individuals learn to build emotional control, create dreams for their lives and address psychosocial challenges. Ideally, they then share those skills with others in their communities. 


Download our October 2023 Annual HOPE Report

Download our May 2023 HOPE Report



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HOPE for a better Future Site Visit

Volker, Lina and our Liberian HOPE Program partners (KAICT and NCJPC)  joined our USAID sponsor for a 10-day site visit (April 15 - 23, 2024) to observe HOPE activities in Nimba County, including Safe Spaces and Youth Dialogue training in Ganta and Karnplay and a graduation ceremony in Saclapea.

April 5, 2024

Volker will present “Hope and Human Security: Addressing Prolonged Social Trauma in Post-Conflict Societies” and “Peace by Community: Building Genuine Communities through Dialogue” (with Lina and Timo Zwarg) at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association in San Francisco.

October 13, 2023
Volker gave a public lecture on Sustaining Hope: Building Collaborative Resilience in Post-Conflict Societies as part of the RCE Higher Academic Learning Community Research on Sustainable Development Seminar.

March 29, 2019
Volker and Lina Tuschling will present “A Changing America? Patriotism and National Identity after the Trump Election” to the International Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON.

February 26, 2021
Volker will conduct a 3-hour case writing workshop for Foreign Language educators at GA Tech via BlueJeans.

June 19-21, 2018
Volker will conduct a case writing workshop at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

May 2-4, 2018
Volker and Mary Dumas will conduct workshop on "Training Methodologies for Peacebuilding" at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy in Arlington, VA.

April 18-20, 2018
Volker attended the Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop (PSOTEW) at the US Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

April 4-7, 2018
Volker will attend the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in San Francisco, CA.

March 9-10, 2018
TRENDS Global and KSU's School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development will conduct a Refugee Crisis Simulation at the Cherokee Outdoor YMCA

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