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Developing a Culturally Specific Model of Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Romania, Phase I




The program aimed to develop a model of constructive conflict management through the intervention of a neutral and impartial third-party, based on Romania’s specific cultural background.


This project comprised two modules: a training module and an assistance module.

The training module included the following activities:
    • Identifying the existing theoretical knowledge on conflict management in Romania;
    • Identifying the perception of conflict and the potential impact of constructive conflict management theory on the Romanian society;
    • Researching the ways in which Romanians react to conflict;
    • Exploring the possibility of adapting Western methods of conflict resolution to the Romania’s specific cultural background .

The assistance module included the following activities:
    • Preparing public administration officials to use a model of strategic planning in which all the involved parties are able to participate;
    • Identifying specific methods for improving communication between employees and departments of a public administration institution (mayor, deputy mayor, heads of services, heads of departments, etc.)

Results of the training module

    • The 1st seminar to be held in Romania on “Conflict Resolution - Alternative Solutions” was organised in Sinaia, in March 1997.
    • A study on conflict resolution methods used in Romania ( case studies in Bucuresti, Pitesti, Slobozia, Cluj, as well as the counties of Harghita and Covasna) conducted in 1997 by Marius Lazar and Istvan Horvath, lectors at Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Sociology.
    • Awareness concerning the field of conflict resolution was raised among non-governmental organisations (especially those organizations that are active in the fields of education and inter-ethnic relations), trade unions, professional associations (teachers, lawyers, journalists, etc.), political parties, the Parliament, local administration institutions, governmental Aagencies

Results of the assistance module

    • A case study, whose title is“Improving Communication among Decision-Makers within a public administration institution”, that contains the results of the facilitation and assistance program which the FDC team provided to Sector Bucharest’s Sector 6 City Hall, on February 20th – 25th, 1997.


Canadian International Institute for Applied Negotiation (CIIAN)
Canadian Embassy in Bucharest
Association of Universities and Colleges from Canada (AUCC)
European Commission Delegation in Bucharest through the PHARE Democracy Program (1996 - 1997)

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The projects undertaken by FDC were oriented to identifying opportunities for application of mediation in the Romanian context, but also related to the environmental protection field.
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Our team of mediators has 11 years of experience in the application of alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation, both within group disputes and interpersonal ones. The partnership between FDC and the General Inspectorate of Romanian Police had provided to FDC's team, access to a rich and diverse case law.
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