Ximpulse GmbH
Klösterlistutz 16
CH-3008 Bern
Switzerland
+41 31 332 95 60
contact@ximpulse.ch
PolitExchange

Ximpulse stands for Expertise and Impulse.

Expertise in constitution building and power-sharing, governance, access to justice and human rights as well as mediation and conflict transformation.
Impulse for finding orientation and clarity, identifying pragmatic ways to move forward, and accompanying you for the next steps.

 

 

 

 

 

About us

Ximpulse is a team of independent expert consultants. We work in developing and transition countries as well as Switzerland and the EU. We support stakeholders in reform and peace processes, often in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. Our core areas of expertise are constitution building and power-sharing, governance, access to justice and human rights as well as mediation and conflict transformation.

Ximpulse is the exclusive licensee of PolitExchange™ – the Competence Center of the Capital Region Switzerland for Governance Study Visits. Through PolitExchange we design, organise and facilitate learning events that aim to make the Swiss governance experience visible and tangible – as a source of inspiration for reflection and reforms.

 

Making a difference

  • Our expertise and experience is always available for your reform endeavors. We aim for pragmatic and tailored approaches.
  • We assist you in dealing with complexity and real-life constraints, assessing dynamics and the different interests of stakeholders, thinking out of the box, and managing challenges in a constructive and sustainable manner.
  • We make sure you have state of the art information at hand with clarity on options and their potential impacts for informed decision-making. We help you to look at your challenges from different angles and identify appropriate and feasible approaches.
  • We have senior experts with long-term experience in their field who can provide you with the quality of services you require. We cooperate and exchange with other experts to extend our expertise when needed.
  • We are familiar with the expectations and perspectives of state and non-state actors, governments and development partners as well as networks and civil society groups. We adapt to different contexts and different counterparts and clients.
  • Confidentiality is our daily business. We will be as invisible as you want us to be.

 

 

 

Expertise

Effective support to change builds on expertise on topics and on processes. Ximpulse combines both.

Our topic expertise:

A Access to Justice, Accountability, Autonomy Arrangements
C Change processes, Conflict Analysis, Conflict Transformation, Conflict Sensitivity, Confederal Arrangements, Constitution-building, Constitution-making
D Decentralisation, Deconcentration, Democratisation, Dialogue
F Facilitation, Federalism, Fragility
G Gender, Governance, Governmental Systems
H Human Rights, Human Rights Based Approach
I Inclusion, Inclusiveness, Institution-building
L Learning Processes, Legal Aid, Legal System, Legislative Reform, Local Governance
M Mediation, Minorities, Multi-layer Processes
N Non-discrimination, Nation-building, Network Development
O Organizational Development
P Parliamentary Affairs, Participation, Peace Building, Peace Processes,
Political Systems, Power-sharing, Process Design
R Rule of Law, Risk Analysis
S State Building, State Organisation
T Territorial Organisation, Theory of Change, Transparency, Trauma
W Women’s Rights

 

Our process expertise

  • Peace processes
  • National dialog
  • Constitutional and legislative reform
  • Governance and political reform
  • Implementation and transition
  • Conflict transformation

 

 

 

Services

Based on our experience and expertise we offer a variety of services.

  • Analyses and assessments

    • Political analysis, political economy analysis
    • Stakeholder analysis
    • Context assessment
    • Conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity assessment
    • Gender assessment
    • Risk analysis

  • Process Support

    • Process design, in particular multi-layered processes
    • Facilitation of large group events
    • Multi-stakeholder mediation and dialog
    • Process-sensitive expert inputs, briefings for experts
    • Advice on consultations, participatory approaches, support for negotiations
    • Organizational and network development
    • Trauma-sensitive approaches

  • Governance and constitutional advice

    • Assessment of and advice on legal drafts, in particular constitutional drafts, legislation, peace agreements, outcome papers of dialog processes
    • Assessments, advice and capacity-building on approaches related to good governance, access to justice, gender, human rights, state organization including on confederalism, federalism, and decentralization, power-sharing, accommodation of non-majority groups
    • Development of reform options
    • Support for the development of policies, government strategies, implementation measures
    • Support for drafting of legal texts, including constitutional provisions
    • Support of parliaments, parliamentary committees and parliament secretariats for legislative, oversight and outreach work
    • Capacity building for politicians, government officials, civil society groups, development partners

  • Project management and implementation support

    • Needs and risk assessments
    • Development of theories of change, identifying outcome indicators and forms of results-based management
    • Program and project design and planning, project cycle management
    • Monitoring and evaluation of strategies, programs and projects
    • Conflict-sensitive project management
    • Thematic and methodological back-stopping
    • Mediation of conflicts within or between organizations, organizational development, team building

  • Learning processes

    • Design of learning processes focusing on individual, peer and institutional learning, learning within networks
    • Facilitation of learning processes
    • Expert inputs to learning processes
    • Provision of trainings, capacity building, coaching
    • Methodological support to facilitators, trainers, and experts
    • Analysis and documentation of lessons and development of best practices
    • Participatory development of guidance notes as learning processes
    • Web-based tools and e-learning
    • Organization of study visits to Switzerland (on behalf of PolitExchange)

  • Policy-oriented studies and applied research

    • Policy notes
    • Guidance and how-to notes
    • Background and briefing papers
    • Case studies
    • Option papers
    • Research publications
    • Speech writing

 

Clients and Partners

We support a broad range of clients with varying roles and functions:

  • State agencies with legislative, executive, judicial and administrative functions
  • Non-state participants, non-governmental organisations, think-tanks, civil society organisations
  • Conflict parties
  • Bilateral and multilateral donors
  • International organisations
  • Private business actors

We work with different partner organisations and experts to provide comprehensive, tailored services.

 

 

 

Team

Dr. iur. Erika Schläppi

Expertise and Impulse for Governance and Human Rights
Phone +41 (0)31 332 95 60 • Email es@ximpulse.ch
Dr. iur. Erika Schläppi is a lawyer and expert consultant on human rights and governance issues, particularly in the context of development and peace building. Her knowledge of human rights and governance work stems from different professional perspectives, including academic research, international governmental policy, non-governmental advocacy, and many years of consultancy work.

Dr. jur. Erika Schläppi CV

 

Dr. Techn. Ursula König

Expertise and Impulse for Mediation and Transformation Processes
Phone +41 (0)78 855 87 05 • Email uk@ximpulse.ch
Dr. techn. Ursula König is an independent mediator and expert consultant. Her services encompass a wide range of methods for constructive, systemic transformation of long-lasting, entrenched conflicts and guidance of change processes in small and large groups. Her particular expertise lies in complex multi-stakeholder processes in a dynamic, political, and also international environment. She is also engaged in TopikPro.

Dr. techn. Ursula König CV

 

Dr. iur. Nicole Töpperwien

Expertise and Impulse for State Organisation
Phone +41 (0)31 332 95 62 • Email nt@ximpulse.ch

Dr. iur. Nicole Töpperwien is an expert consultant on diverse aspects of state organisation including federalism, decentralisation, power-sharing, inclusion of non-majority groups, in particular in conflict-affected multi-ethnic settings. She has broad expertise in supporting peace-, constitution-making and general governance reform processes. Her academic work on comparative constitutionalism and issues of nation-building provided her with the foundation for her subsequent work with governments, political parties, state and non-state organisations.

Since October 2018, she serves as Chief Executive Officer at the Soliswiss Cooperative (www.soliswiss.ch). She remains partner at Ximpulse and supports the team on strategic matters and as a backstopper.

CV Dr. iur. Nicole Töpperwien

 

We enjoy our work.

 

 

 

Downloads

Collective Trauma and Resilience:
Key Concepts in Transforming War-related Identities

Cordula Reimann and Ursula König, June 2018

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Closing a gap in conflict transformation:
Understanding collective and transgenerational trauma

Cordula Reimann and Ursula König, May 2017

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More coming soon….