Jammu & Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries (J&K JCCI)

The Jammu & Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries (J&K JCCI) is the first ever cross Line of Control institution that brings together the main business chambers and traders’ associations from across the divide. J&KJCCI and Conciliation Resources work together on the confidence building measure of cross Line of Control trade between the two sides of divided Kashmir, strengthening trade related policies and breaking down regional divisions. 

Gender and peacebuilding

Jun 2014
Gender and peacebuilding
In recent years the role of gender in armed conflict and peacebuilding has increasingly caught international attention. This position paper explores gender in relation to peacebuilding and conflict prevention, and the work that we do to make peace processes more inclusive.

Faith Divided: Spirituality Caught in Conflict

This film, directed by two filmmakers from either side of the Line of Control in Kashmir, provides an emotive illustration of how conflict has prevented Kashmiris across different faiths from visiting their places of worship.

Moving beyond nationalism: a new vision for peace in South Asia

Surely now is the time to change the ongoing saga of India-Pakistan relations, moving beyond national identities with a view to building peace?

Pakistan and India celebrate 70 years of independence next week. That also means 70 years of hostility and conflict between the two states over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir – divided by the Line of Control into Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered territories. Tensions and unresolved grievances around these historic disputes continue to feed wider regional instability.

Dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir with political and civil society representatives

A meeting of distinguished political and civil society representatives from India and Pakistan was convened in Dubai by Conciliation Resources in collaboration with the Kashmir Initiative Group from 31 July – 2 August 2017.

Human Welfare Voluntary Organisation (HWVO)

The Human Welfare Voluntary Organisation (HWVO) is a nongovernmental organisation working to improve the livelihoods of people in rural and urban areas and promote the development of their physical, social, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Conciliation Resources and HWVO work together on issues related to the confidence building measure of cross Line of Control trade between the two sides of divided Kashmir.

Bureau of Research on Industry & Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF)

The Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF) is a market research and consulting organisation that focuses primarily on survey based research in undertaking diagnostic studies, policy research, programme implementation and project evaluation on socioeconomic issues in order to inform public policy debates. Conciliation Resources and BRIEF work together to support the confidence building measure of cross Line of Control trade between the two sides of divided Kashmir.

Bridging the divide to save lives in Kashmir

The South Asia region is prone to natural disasters, several of which have had a devastating impact in the Kashmir region. However there is currently very little work being done across the LoC to prepare for, and respond to, these disasters.

Disaster: the common enemy

A team of four filmmakers from both sides of the LoC in Kashmir have produced a new film to raise awareness of the importance of working across the divide to improve disaster management.

Emma Sawatzky

Emma joined Conciliation Resources in October 2016 as the South Asia Programme Volunteer. Emma has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Queen's University, Canada. She completed her Master's in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews in 2016, and focused her research on reconciliation and transitional justice in divided societies.