The Dealing with the Past Course is organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in collaboration with swisspeace.

Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities

On 1 April 2011, three administration units from within the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA have founded the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities:

The Task Force regroups their respective human resources that are active in the domains of dealing with the past and prevention of mass atrocities. It is responsible for developing a coherent and consistent FDFA strategy in the fields of Dealing with the Past, Genocide Prevention and Prevention of atrocities. This includes the following activities:

  1. Developing multilateral initiatives (policies, norms, and standards);
  2. developing and pursuing bilateral initiatives in the operational programmes of the FDFA;
  3. reinforcing preexisting intergovernmental networks that are active in these domains;
  4. taking political and diplomatic initiatives in these domains.

Within the FDFA, the Task Force has the main responsibility in these domains. It provides its expertise (counsel, supervision, and substantial support) to all governments and multilateral actors that ask for it.



swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyses the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace aims to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation by producing innovative research, shaping discourses on international peace policy, developing and applying new peacebuilding tools and methodologies, supporting and advising other peace actors, as well as by providing and facilitating spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.

swisspeace is an associated Institute of the University of Basel and member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. Its most important partners and clients are the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, international organizations, think tanks and NGOs.