Elbarlament (“parliament” in Arabic) is a peacebuilding and democracy support organisation, with a special focus on empowering women and youth. We implement democracy support and peacebuilding projects in four thematic fields: Arts and Culture; Democracy and Civic Education; Environment and Climate Change and Women, Peace and Security. We support parliaments, governments, civil society actors and international institutions, implementing projects and delivering consulting services in German, English, French and Arabic. Our international and multilingual team is based in Berlin, Cologne and Erbil (Iraq).

We operate under two separate legal identities: a limited company (elbarlament GmbH) and a non-profit association (elbarlament e.V.). The two legal entities share the same vision and mission.


We believe in the transformative power of culture and the arts as well as inclusive dialogue, especially in contexts of state fragility.

Through our work we aim to:

  • Promote peaceful coexistence between all groups in society
  • Foster democratic norms and practices
  • Support dialogue between civil society and political decision makers
  • Increase environmental awareness and contribute to mitigating climate change-related conflicts


We follow a conflict-sensitive and gender transformative approach in supporting locally-owned reform agendas, combining arts-based tools for peacebuilding and civic education with more classical tools like technical assistance.


  • Training and events
    • Civic education and leadership training 
    • Technical assistance for governments and parliaments
    • Multi-stakeholder dialogue
    • Conferences  and panel discussions 
    • Creative writing and filmmaking training 
    • Study trips 
  • Research
    • Baseline studies 
    • Policy papers
    • Research publications
  • Consulting work
    • Programme design
    • Thematic advice