FIGHTING FOR TOTAL INCLUSIVITY EVERYWHERE
We believe in total inclusivity and promote the four freedoms: Freedom from want; freedom of expression; freedom of religion; and freedom from fear.
WILLIAM MORRIS, SECRETARY GENERAL
What we do
We offer ‘Flexible Crisis Response’
The NCF specialises in open and inclusive dialogue for peace. It is unique in its scope and ability to involve all parties in dialogue with the aim of conflict resolution. Our work is based on the principles of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.
We foster environments where ‘understanding the other’ becomes possible
The NCF works primarily but not exclusively to support and host peace initiatives concerning the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. It does occasionally work in other arenas as need arises, e.g. former Yugoslavia. The NCF is independent. Funders may determine projects but do not determine policy.
We are not just a think tank. We are a think-and-do tank
We are not an NGO in the traditional sense. We are a Foundation working on governments and sometimes with governments on strategies that foster peace, rapprochement and security. We cherish this difference. NCF is registered as a UN registered NGO, a not-for-profit with the IRS in the U.S. and a U.K registered charity.
How we work
NCF is international in its scope but our main hub is CURRENTLY in Cornwall at Angwinack, Ludgvan TR20 8BN. The Next Century Foundation aims to serve as a ‘safe space’ for dialogue, meetings, brainstorming and ideas as we seek solutions to the world’s most intractable conflicts. We have recently opened a small Baghdad office and from the Summer of 2020 we will be opening an office in Italy. Our US hub is in Springfield, Massachusetts and NCF has a separate US Board. NCF also has representative offices in Gaza. When the UN is in session we also establish temporary offices in Geneva (March and September).
NCF holds regular conferences and other forums (e.g. high level round table dinners) – to discuss new and forward-thinking ideas – as well as private, off the record meetings (working group meetings) to develop strategies and policies. The annual International Media Awards is a key event that recognises outstanding journalism from across the regions we serve. The awards encourage strong, independent media in breaking down barriers, promoting better understanding of the people and politics in the region. Our one-to-one engagement with media practitioners differentiates NCF from many other think tanks.
Regular delegations to crisis-affected areas keep the NCF in touch with developments on the ground, and are crucial to the maintenance of the NCF network. The NCF is currently spearheading an interfaith group called The Religious Affairs Advisory Council that focuses on combating radical religious ideologies
Translating the ideas that emerge from our work into policy recommendations, non-papers, articles and blogs, and distributing them to key opinion formers, is crucial in making sure that the voices of those we work with are heard at the highest levels.
This paper on The Phased Introduction of the Arab Peace Initiative is one such policy paper. The paper was launched in cooperation with the late Mohamed Shaker of the Egyptian Council on Foreign Relations and subsequently presented in a number of capitals including London and Washington.