Upon request, the project 'Archives and Dealing with the Past', undertakes an assessment to identify specific needs with local actors and then supports them in designing and implementing tailor made responses.

For this purpose, the project relies upon a broad network of experts in archival issues, data collection, management, and analysis. With the participation of the most pertinent experts for each local need, the project will also offer training, analysis and counseling. We have supported such processes through projects in the Great Lakes, Former Yugoslavia,  Guatemala, the Philippines or Tunisia. The project also supports local actors to find some funding for these purposes.

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Process Support

Our project activities entail the direct support of governments, international organizations and NGOs encountering challenges in the field of archives and dealing with the past / transitional justice. We offer:

  • Consultation on needs and necessities
  • Development of adequate strategies and policies
  • Contact with qualified experts
  • Context specific mapping missions

We favor sustainable solutions enhancing local capacities.

Training and Capacity Building

The archives project offers trainings for archival staff on dealing with the past / transitional justice issues. Vice versa DwP / human rights professionals and activists shall be sensitized for the specific needs and requirements of archival and documental issues. Thanks to our valuable project partners, the FDFA, the SFA and swisspeace are able to provide a wide range of expertise and best practices. Training activities reach from general sensitization workshops to tailor-made trainings, both in form of coaching or direct support.

Network and Outreach

The archives project aims to enhance the exchange of experiences and knowledge among human rights, transitional justice, dealing with the past and archival experts in order to build a community of practice. Platform activities such as conferences, roundtables and lectures ensure a continuing collaboration, exchange of know-how and development of best practices and guidelines.


The project aims at building topical expertise at the interface between archival work, data collection/management and dealing with the past. The knowledge and insights gained from this research are being made available in form of working papers, guidance notes and articles to practitioners in the relevant fields and to a broader public.