Living Library, a project that helps displaced people and communities to live together

May 17, 2016 15:00 IST

Living-LibraryLiving Library: A UNDP project to turn testimonies of displaced persons in Ukraine into “books”

The project Living Library was in news in May 2016. It is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project for the displaced people in Ukraine.

Under the project, the testimonies of displaced persons are turned into books in a so-called Living Library.

Key points of Living Library project

• Goal: To ensure everyone starts “feeling a little bit more comfortable with each other.

It hosts the therapeutic stories of displaced people of different communities of Ukraine.

It provides stories of displaced person and records them and brings them all together into a library that other people can consult.

It provides support in conflict areas like Ukraine to promote dialogue and reconciliation between communities.

It contains stories of different communities collected from throughout the country, including the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The project is implemented in partnership with the European Forum for international Mediation and Dialogue (MediatEUr).

Agenda for Humanity

The project Living Library is in line with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Agenda for Humanity, which includes:

I. Respecting the rule of war

II. Leaving no one behind

III. Working differently to end need

IV. Investing in humanity

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