Rooting for Humanity: Vardan Hambardzumyan

Today we want to talk about a man who is the initiator, the mastermind, and the powerhouse of the Roots. This program has been changing the lives of many people for years now, and it is important to know who is behind that change. Today we want to tell you about Vardan Hambardzumyan, whose work […]

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Roots provides expertise in Do No Harm

YMCA Europe continues spreading the methodology of Do No Harm (DNH) via Roots for Peace, which helps to extend the circle of friends and partners who work to promote peace and cooperation. On October 24-29 Yerevan, Armenia the Roots experts provided training for multipliers – activists of a German NGO Dialogue for Understanding (D4U) which […]


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The YMCA has historically assumed working in and with conflicts as central to its service delivery. Committed to our roots and legacy the YMCA Europe pursues peace and reconciliation as a strategic priority.

The Roots for Peace programme, ongoing since 2007, remains a best practice in this line. In the framework of this initiative the Peace Work Institute scheme was piloted during 2012 – 2015 and approvingly evaluated by an externally facilitated outcome assessment process.

This evidence-based evaluation highly recommends the YMCA Europe to repeat the series of the Peace Work Institute for the next generation of the YMCA pan-European peace-cohort.