In 2003, Teddy Nemeroff, the founder of Sustained Dialogue at Princeton University and the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, began work with the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa). The goal was to infuse the work of Idasa with dialogue in order to more effectively address challenges related to economic development, reconciliation and race relations, and violence prevention in South Africa and Zimbabwe. One successful dialogue project sought to transform a deep community conflict at the Greentree Interchange, a marketplace and train station. Dialogue built relationships between the poor people who sell goods at the market and the local governments that oversee the operations.

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