Mediators Beyond Borders International

People building peace.

aka Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI)   |   Washington, DC   |  www.mediatorsbeyondborders.org

Mission

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) works to bring mediation and peace skills to communities around the globe so that they can, in turn, build a more peace “able" world. To this end, MBBI organizes initiatives to address three essential objectives: Capacity building, promoting mediation through advocacy, and delivering consultancy services.
Mission: MBBI builds local skills for peace and promotes mediation worldwide.

Ruling year info

2007

CEO & President

Prabha Sankaranarayan

Main address

2001 L Street NW Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

20-5716275

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Women In Peacebuilding: To implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security, MBBI seeks to increase the number of women mediators and peacebuilders engaging in peace processes. It achieves this by conducting International Peace Training Institutes (IPTIs) in multiple regions across the globe. Trauma-Informed Peacebuilding & Development Assistance: MBBI’s Trauma-Informed Peacebuilding &Development Assistance (TIPDA) provides comprehensive training and consultation on the impact of primary and secondary trauma. Recognizing and addressing trauma results in more effective project design, leading to self- sustaining investment in livelihoods, partnerships, and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Capacity-Building Projects & Initiatives: We design and implement multi-year programs that amplify local voices, transform conflict and build skills for a peaceful society.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Peace Training Institute

MBBI convenes community and civil society leaders for a 12 month program in peacebuilding. The Institute involves:

Capacity-building: A multicultural, multinational and multidisciplinary endeavor guided by an MBBI team whose work experience spans 40 countries. These peacebuilders’ skills are employed in dialog facilitation, mediation, restorative justice and training methodology. Negotiation training emphasizes contexts for peace negotiations and advocacy to access a seat at the table. Cohorts think strategically about the best use of these skills in cultural contexts with minimal space for women’s public participation.

Connecting and complementing: Participants exchange experience and insights with practitioners from countries in their region, as well as with conflict professionals around the world. MBBI helps them form connections with complementary women’s networks such as those organized by Institute for Inclusive Security, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and Eastern Mennonite Univeristy’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Projects: Participants design projects based on these trainings to reduce threats to peace, promote reconciliation, and educate and empower more women leaders. The participants are supported by others in their cohort and by MBBI.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Mediators Beyond Borders International’s Trauma-Informed Program (TIP) provides comprehensive training and consultation on the impact of primary and secondary trauma. Recognizing and addressing trauma results in more effective project design, leading to self- sustaining investment in livelihoods, partnerships, and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

TIP is built on a solid theoretical understanding of the neurobiology of trauma, current research, and extensive field experience.

TIP is delivered by a multidisciplinary team which includes trauma specialists, mediators, educators, development specialists and clinicians. This theoretical basis guides MBBI’s belief that normalizing, validating and educating leaders, individuals and communities about the impact of exposure to trauma can remove a significant barrier to resolving conflicts peacefully, tapping a community’s resilience, and creating sustainable peace.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Multidisciplinary volunteer teams jointly design and implement multiyear, trauma-informed projects alongside local partners. Most often, we strengthen civil society, which carries forward the practices into communities through culturally relevant methods. These increase local abilities to heal from severe conflict, reconcile communities, develop resilience against pressures to join armed conflict, and manage disputes sustainably. MBBI has been active in Colombia, Ecuador, Israel, Greece, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nepal and the U.S.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is supports conflict management and peacebuilding activities in South and Southeast Asia. Practitioners of MBBI and MBB Consulting have combined decades of experience in peacebuilding and alternative dispute resolution with deep experience working across the world and in South and Southeast Asia.

Population(s) Served
Interfaith groups
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Vision: Building a more peace “able” world.

Mission: MBBI builds local skills for peace and promotes mediation worldwide.

The only lasting peace is the one built by the disputants themselves. Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) works to bring mediation and peace skills to communities around the globe so that they can, in turn, build a more peace “able” world. To this end, MBBI organizes initiatives to address three essential objectives: Capacity building, promoting mediation through advocacy, and delivering consultancy services.

We build capacity. At the invitation of local individuals and organizations, our volunteer members build peacebuilding and organizational skills for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. Most often, we work in communities that have been traumatized by war, major civil conflict or natural disasters.

We promote mediation through advocacy. As an official observer organization for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), we attend UNFCCC climate change talks and conferences. At the conferences we advocate for the term “mediation” to be included in the UNFCCC’s legally binding agreements as an additional method to address climate change conflicts and disputes. We also encourage the development and implementation of educational and public awareness programs for mediation, conflict management and informal problem solving to address climate change and its effects.

We provide consultancy services. MBBI consultants can work within organizations and business to mediate disputes directly.

MBBI holds Special NGO Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This status provides MBBI with access to ECOSOC and other aspects of United Nations. For information on ECOSOC Consultative Status, please visit their website. MBBI is also the 2016 recipient of ACR International’s Outstanding Leadership Award, which honors exceptional work promoting conflict resolution in local communities around the globe, particularly in challenging or demanding circumstances.

The engine of MBBI, advancing local skills for peace and promoting mediation worldwide, is 200-plus volunteers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Our multidisciplinary teams jointly design and implement projects with local partners to improve local abilities to heal from severe conflict, reconcile communities, and establish conflict management that endures into the future.

Established mediation centers and learning partnerships in and between Cambodia, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Liberia, and the USA (Maryland, New York).

Offer the International Peace Training Institute for Women in Peacebuilding—currently with five global cohorts of 117 women now using peacebuilding skills to conduct dispute resolution, mediation, and peace projects in 33 countries. In turn, they have impacted over 10,000 people in their respective communities.

Built systems to integrate displaced persons and refugees in Ghana, Liberia and the USA (Pittsburgh).

See accomplishments here: https://mediatorsbeyondborders.org/a-decade-of-achievements/

MBBI is now an official Service Partner with Rotary International. Upcoming partnership projects include IPTIs in West Africa and the Ukraine

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Local peacebuilders globally.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Engaging in an organizational design process.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    This shift is the process underway in moving to a polycentric organizational model.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff time and financial resources to dedicate to this important and ongoing endeavor.,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mediators Beyond Borders International

Board of directors
as of 9/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judith Gilmore

Charlie Pillsbury

RoseAnne Moore

Dana Moldovan

Saleem Ali

Joyce Aluoch

Barbara Boselli

Ken Cloke

Lynn Cole

Adama Diarra

Victoria Gray

Kristi Harrington

Jarling Ho

Dave Joseph

John Keenan

Todd Lopez

Adam Motenko

Gwendolyn Myers

Arjan Sikri

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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