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Kashmir Transformation Programme

Peace and Reconciliation through education, peacebuilding and government transformation in Kashmir.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The Bridge Institute takes its work into challenging geographic locations where other rarely tread and tackles work considered impossible. We invest in inspirational leaders who have dedicated their lives to protecting the societies they serve by:
- Giving them the leadership skills to be their extraordinary best
- Transforming their mindsets from anger, criticism and violence towards empathy, courage and compassion
- Rebuilding trust in their communities
- Helping them challenge convention to create significant and long lasting social impact.
- Bringing senior government, business and civil leaders together to solve pressing societal challenges of our time, to promote peacebuilding, non-violence and prosperity building.
- Developing the leadership capability of senior government, business and civil leaders to be able to create transformative and lasting change in their own societies.
The higher purpose is to accelerate the world further and faster to becoming more peaceful, fairer and more prosperous.
We see our role as capacity builders and brokers. We provide business, community and government leaders with our IP, approach and methodology and work with them to make the greatest impact possible. We also work closely with partner organisations in every one of our projects. We have found local knowledge, networks and reach to be essential in ensuring the work we do reaches the right people to ensure long term success.
We believe that there has been no mission drift to date. We perceive the highest risk is that the organisation is perceived to be partisan and have put in place a clear mitigation strategy.
The impact includes:
- All participants have committed to long-term non-violence, including one delegate who was intent on being a suicide bomber at the beginning.
- An on-going dialogue between participants who previously had been on opposite sides of the issues.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

- 100k children educated through 5000 cohorts, 15,000 classes by 50 specialist teachers
- 10k young people educated through 200 programmes by 20 specialist professors and lecturers
- 50 of the key entrepreneurs educated through one dedicated cohort in Srinagar.
- The top 25 government officials of Kashmir educated through one dedicated cohort in Srinagar
- Strategies and implementation plans designed and documented for tourism, dairy and horticulture.
The impact goals are, within three years:

- 100k children educated in key leadership skills of resourcefulness, resilience, visionary thinking and increased consciousness.
- 10k young people educated in the age group 18 to 25 in aspects of resourcefulness, resilience, visionary thinking and increased consciousness.
- 50 entrepreneurs educated in the key business skills required to build a thriving business.
- The top 25 government officials of Kashmir educated with the most progressive leadership skills and methods, systems

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

We see our role as capacity builders and brokers. We provide business, community and government leaders with our IP, approach and methodology and work with them to make the greatest impact possible. Our IP is primarily in the leadership and strategy thinking space.
- We are non-partisan and can connect and engage all the key stakeholders, which most other organisations (e.g. the UN) are not as well positioned to.
- We work in the primary powerful levers of peacebuilding: mindset change, connection and changing the vision and goals of the whole system.
- We have unique and powerful leadership IP and methods, which really makes a difference in the context of violence. Our tools help people become much more self-aware, much more regulated in their response and more visionary in what they are trying to do. We also believe we fill a role that no government or transnational agency can perform, as we are non-partisan and ‘remain friends with everyone’.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Bringing senior government, business and civil leaders together to solve pressing societal challenges of our time, to promote peacebuilding, non-violence and prosperity building. Developing the leadership capability of senior government, business and civil leaders to be able to create transformative and lasting change in their own societies. Transforming their mindsets from anger, criticism and violence towards empathy, courage and compassion rebuilding trust.
www.bridge-institute.org

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

November 2012, we spoke to a contact in the UN asking if our idea for giving advanced leadership skills to those in conflict situations was a worthy idea. Agreed that it was and suggested various locations, Kashmir was the first. We travelled to Srinagar and met the civil rights lawyer Pervez Imroz and the civil leader Khurram Parvez who told us their story during a powerful day together. It was their extraordinary journeys, their belief in our ideas and the wide range of leaders introduced.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Over recent years, we have designed and delivered key programmes for the British Government, European Union, Sri Lankan Government and the Government of India. It has become clear that the leadership IP and methodology can be used powerfully to build a better, fairer and more peaceful world. The first is the mindset of the stakeholders in the system, whether it be government, army, business leaders, militants or civil members of society. The second is the importance of connection. Even at the family levels, the conflict has created a lack of cohesion in the fundamental building blocks of society. The third is challenging convention and transforming the end goal. Civil leaders need to shape a vision that is possible and inspiring. A Youth Leadership Programme– enhancing the leadership, entrepreneurial skills and employability of all students in Kashmir and empowering them. Govt leadership,providing them with the ability to inspire and build transformational visions and strategies.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The expertise in economic development, gender-based violence reduction and peacebuilding and reconciliation is brought in through our partners and supporters, including Ashoka, the Kalinga Institute, Don Beck (former mentor to FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela), Dr Sunitha Krishnan (an expert in trafficking and reduction of gender-based violence) and Martin Griffiths (former Chief Mediator of the UN and now the recently appointed UN Envoy to Yemen). The expertise in leadership IP, methodology and approach, strategy development, policy development, mediation and entrepreneurship skills is inherent within the Bridge global network.
Transnational – European Union
Governments – the Government of India
NGOs - the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Our community includes many of the young and older civil leaders in the region. This includes government ministers, journalists, university leaders and so on. Our previous programmes have included train the trainer weeks that mean we have a local resource who can work alongside us and through our education programme we can reach thousands of young people and quickly build that resource to ensure rapid dissemination of new skills.

Geographic Focus

The Kashmir region

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

November 2018 – October 2019 after that the work we have done will empower them with new leadership tools and mindset change so they can continue as leaders and can respond resourcefully to their unusual place in the world with our support in the background.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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