The participants in Nansen Dialogue Network activities are recruited from various ethnic and religious groups. The network strategically selects individuals who have an impact in their societies, on the assumption that dialogue and reconciliation are most effective when grounded in existing local institutions. Having a shared professional background is seen as an optimal starting point for dialogue about joint concerns across the ethnic divide. Professionals have an arena for implementing their new knowledge and understanding, and can contribute to real change. Hence, the Nansen Dialogue Network’s target groups are local political and administrative institutions, including local political leaders as well as informal leaders, the education sector, the media, and religious groups.