Established in 2018, the Kroc Institute's Mediation Program brings the resources, expertise and academic foundation of the Kroc Institute to bear in the field of mediation. It focuses, in particular, on conflicts where violence is present or imminent.
The Program aims to build synergy between mediation research, teaching, training, policy and practice. It covers the related themes of peacemaking, preventive diplomacy, conflict resolution, negotiations and national dialogue. The Program houses the Afghanistan Program for Peace and Development (AfPAD).
The Program works at the international level, with partners including the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and a number of governments. It has also worked with civil society groups in many countries, including Ethiopia, Germany, North Macedonia, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Program has developed a partnership with the South Bend City's Division for Community Initiatives, offering mediation training to violence prevention officers and community activists.