The process of mitigating and transforming violence through transitional justice and dialogue is inherently political. Taking Ethiopia as an example, the current efforts in transitional justice and national dialogue are predominantly spearheaded by the government. Such a situation necessitates that efforts to support these processes often involve influencing political decisions and policies, mandating close collaboration with the government and state entities. This close association might raise concerns regarding the centre's autonomy and impartiality.

Notwithstanding, the centre operates with the fundamental understanding that, while engagement with governmental actors and institutions is necessary, preserving its independence and neutrality is crucial. It is committed to upholding these values of neutrality and independence as its core guiding principles. This commitment to neutrality and independence is not just a fundamental principle; it is seen as critical for exerting substantial influence in the process and being recognized as a value-driven entity by a diverse array of actors and stakeholders in the field.

Moreover, the centre's commitment to an evidence-based approach in its interventions, coupled with stringent adherence to the 'do no harm' principle, serves to solidify its neutral and unbiased position further. These practices are integral to the centre's strategy, ensuring that its contributions are both impactful and respectful of the complexities inherent in transitional justice and political dialogue. This balanced approach is instrumental in strengthening the centre's credibility and reinforcing its role as an impartial entity amidst the intricate web of political and social dynamics.