The Dialogue Advisory Group is an independent organisation that facilitates political dialogue to reduce violence. We create or advance political dialogues between armed groups, governments and international organisations in conflict situations.
DAG works on critical parts of wider peace processes – particularly in situations of emerging or protracted conflicts. These include political understanding, ceasefires and disarmament, and accountability. DAG also helps international organisations and states in engaging armed groups where there are political, practical or diplomatic limitations to doing so. As a small organisation with a light footprint in countries where it operates, DAG is able to take on challenging tasks that others may not be ready to undertake.
DAG believes that dialogue and increased collaboration are necessary to help reduce violent conflict. DAG has developed:
A dynamic and diverse team – in terms of gender, nationality and background – led by an Asian director with personal experience of conflict and negotiation. This gives DAG different kinds of opportunities and access.
A model of working with local partners and consultants, rather than establishing local offices. This allows DAG to empower local capacity, rather than weaken it, and leaves DAG ready to rapidly and flexibly explore different situations as they arise.
Close cooperation with key governments, international organisations and the UN. This enables DAG to work with others in the same contexts, and allows DAG to focus on critical actors or issues where we can add value.
A low profile and a capacity to maintain relationships over time. This allows DAG to discreetly address sensitive issues and build trust in challenging contexts.