After twenty years of experience in the field of Conflict Resolution, the Hewlett Foundation ceased making grants in the field at the end of 2004. Drawing on this experience, the Foundation has recently released three guides for funders in the field of Conflict Resolution. Now available for download are:

Environmental Conflict Resolution: Strategies for Environmental Grantmakers

Environmental grantees face challenges that involve multiple parties, multiple issues, technical complexity, scientific uncertainty, and asymmetry in power and resources. This guide shows environmental grantmakers how they can help grantees meet these challenges with the tools of environmental conflict resolution.  It covers the types of environmental disputes and the advantages of environmental conflict resolution over other more traditional processes.

Community Development: A Guide for Grantmakers on Fostering Better Outcomes Through Good Process

This guide describes the tools grantmakers can use to make community development work better. It includes a description of the elements of good collaborative community development processes, examples of the challenges to collaboration and strategies to overcome those challenges, and provides guidance and additional resources for funders to inform their grantmaking.

Collaborative Governance: A Guide for Grantmakers

From improving environmental quality to providing a quality education and strengthening disadvantaged neighborhoods, solving difficult problems requires the collaboration and resources of many different players, including government, the private sector, community leaders and others.  This guide focuses on collaborative governance, an emerging set of concepts and practices that offer prescriptions for inclusive, deliberative, and often consensus-oriented approaches to planning, problem solving, and policymaking.

According to Foundation President Paul Brest, the guides “focus on developing the integrative power of grantmakers through the various collaborative problem solving processes.”

To download a copy of the Hewlett Foundation report “The Hewlett Foundation Conflict Resolution Program: Twenty Years of Field-Building,” click here.