The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue (NCPD) was established as a separate center of the Nansen Academy Foundation in 2010, as a result of a merger of the Norwegian Peace Centre and Nansen Dialogue. The merge allows NCPD to draw experience from over 35 years of peace work conducted both nationally and internationally.
NCPD has its main office in Lillehammer and a branch office in Oslo, Norway. The center hosts an academic environment that provides experience-based knowledge of ongoing conflicts and practical dialogue and reconciliation work. The center's staff has, inter alia, several years of experience in working with peace education for diaspora groups and refugees in Norway and in dialogue work and reconciliation projects in deeply segregated societies in the Western Balkans.
The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue is also the Coordinating Unit for The Nansen Dialogue Network: a network of centers that gathers politicians, journalists, teachers, parents, and pupils for dialogue concerning their own conflicts, exploring potential solutions. Such meetings can open possibilities for institutional change, where the situation is no longer seen through ethnic lenses, but with a focus on mutual understanding and respect. The Nansen Dialogue Network believes that dialogue and work for reconciliation should be given higher priority when dealing with conflicts around the world.