is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for
peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from
the grassroots to the corridors of power.
TFF is an all-volunteer global network. It promotes conflict-mitigation
and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions
through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education
TFF works in suport
of the UN Charter norm - "peace by peaceful means."
We help people learn to handle conflicts with ever less violence
against other human beings, other cultures and Nature.
We are a networking
organization with associates all over the globe. We believe that
alternatives to the main trends of our time are desirable and
possible - indeed necessary for humankind to survive and live
TFF is critical
and constructive. It is an experiment in applied peace research
and global networking.
peace research and education to improve conflict understanding
at all levels and promote alternative security and global development
based on nonviolent politics, economics, sustainability and ethics
The results which aim at decision-makers and citizens alike combine
innovative thinking and theories with workable, practical solutions.
What we do, how
conflict analyses and mitigation as well as educational and reconciliation
work. The areas we work in include Burundi,
the former Yugoslavia,
Iraq, Iran and other places
in the Middle East as well as Sweden.
These activities are organized in Theme and Action Groups, TAGs,
consisting of the foundation's Associates.
2. TFF constantly develops its intellectual resource
base. It provides learning opportunities and inspiration.
These are the pillars of our field work and are available to our
website visitors, to students at courses and training sessions,
and everyone else. It is free of charge.
These main pillars are collected under "Treasures"
- the writings of TFF Associates - together with nonviolence,
conflict-management, our unique TFF
News Navigator, TNN, and our link
3. Advocacy, training, education, media and other public outreach.
It is the work in conflict areas and our resource base that enable
us to work effectively in this third way.
This point will be given more emphasis in the future in two integrated
activities: a) general analyses of the media in conflict and peace,
including peace journalism and development and b) the implementation
of a communications and media strategy for TFF itself.
After five years
of academic research and the publication of comprehensive academic
studies, the foundation has - since 1991 - emphasized exploratory,
in-the-field, solution-oriented studies in conflict-mitigation
and lets this experience inform new theory formation and educational
programs in the future.
We intend to remain an experiment, a hybrid between research and
practical on-the-ground peace and reconciliation work.
the UN Charter...
- "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war."
"to bring about peace by peaceful means."
• Independent of all special interest groups.
• Non- rather
critical but always also constructive.
to nonviolence in all aspects of its operation.
personal, small and flexible.
• Meets suporters'
and grant-makers' criteria for professional management with minimum
administration and costs.
and team-building but no permanent research staff.
no one is employed.
• Does not
accept funds derived from activities related to warfare.
• Works according
to a code of conduct and a series of published principles.
Founded by Christina
Spännar and Jan Oberg as an independent not-for-profit public
charity in 1986 under Swedish law.
It reports annually
to the local government authority for foundations. Its authorized
public accountant is KPMG.
and progress report available upon request. TFF works in partnership
with The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California,
a non-profit organization with IRS exempt status under 501(c)(3).
TFF is predominantly
people-financed, and operates on donations from citizens who sympathize
with our goals and methods.
Next, it is based
on unpaid voluntary work by all Associates, the founders, assistants,
Among the grant-givers
and donors over the years are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(1991-1999), Stockholm; the Alva & Gunnar Myrdal Foundation,
Greenpeace International, the Futura Foundation, the Swedish Council
for Planning and Coordination of Research, the Joseph Rowntree
Charitable Trust, England; Apple-Macintosh Sweden, the Swedish
International Development Authority, SIDA, Soka Gakkai International,
Japan, Polden-Puckham, England and the Folke Bernadotte Academy
Although its legal
status is that of a "foundation", TFF is not based on
any capital endowment.