O nás

PDCS is a non-governmental organization providing professional training and facilitation services, consultancy and advisory services in areas of conflict resolution, support of dialogue in the society, citizen participation and civil society development in Slovakia and abroad.

We have been bringing to life the slogan of our organization „The Joy of Learning, Deliberation, and Change“ since 1991 when PDCS was started at the Comenius University in Bratislava as part of the international educational program of Partners for Democratic Change. In 1994, an independent PDCS foundation was established which has continued as a civic association since 1997. In the past, in addition to the Bratislava office, there was also the Mediation Center in Banská Bystrica, and two Conciliation Councils in Prešov and Levice. For four year, PDCS also had branch offices – conciliation councils in Nové Zámky, Rimavská Sobota and Kežmarok. We are also members of the network Partners Network comprising 20 partner centers which share the same mission and values of democratic change.

For a long time we have worked to co-create and strengthen the democratic culture, spread participation approaches and mechanisms for dialogue and conflict prevention. We have provided help in international development programs and arranged cultured dialogue among various interest groups. We fulfill our mission by working with nonprofit organizations, public administration institutions and cross-sector partnerships.

Our training courses have been attended by over 25,000 participants in Slovakia and 45 countries and regions of the world, including Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirgizstan, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Russia, Senegal, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

PDCS also published 30 books in 8 languages. You can take a glance from our work on our video channel

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014



Our Team

  • Dušan Ondrušek

    Chairman of the Board, Trainer, Consultant

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 

    e-mail: dusan@pdcs.sk
    CV: Ondrusek_CV_ENG.pdf


    What he works on in PDCS:

    Examples of training courses

    • Another look at communication - how to avoid myths and communicate without prejudices
    • Creativity and innovation in projects and managemet
    • Negotiation and conflict resolution

    Examples of services

    • Medication of public conflicts
    • Consultancy and coaching
    • Designing and conducting meetings

    Examples of projects

    • Student Simulations Saturday
    • Long-term education of consultants for the nonprofit sector in Czech Republic and Slovakia
    • Increasing capacities of teachers from the Mathare slum in Nairobi (Kenya)


    In 1991, while still at the Comenius University, he launched the program of conflict prevention and resolution which later transformed into the PDCS nonprofit organization which he led and developed for the next more than 20 years. PDCS makes effort to cultivate the space for dialogue, disseminate knowledge and build skills for alternative conflict resolution, particularly in community and public conflicts.

    A psychologist by profession, he worked as an advisor and therapist for people who needed help in difficult life circumstances or felt they needed to develop on their life journey. He conducted research of altruism and effectiveness of various training methods. Since 1990, as a trainer and consultant, he has been focusing primarily on organization development, alternative ways of conflict resolution, international development issues and non-violent communication. He has rich international experience with implementing programs of conflict prevention and resolution. As a trainer and facilitator he has delivered over 1200 training courses in forty countries. In 2012 he became the Chairman of the Board of PDCS. In addition to providing specialized training courses, he no works more on international programs, development of process-oriented experts (trainers and consultants) and undertakes analytical and publishing activities. As an external speaker he has lectured at several universities - in recent years mostly at the Comenius University, the University of Economics in Bratislava, UUD in Pilsen, and VŠUP in Prague, and previously also at the European Peace University in Schleining and the Donau University in Krems.

    He is the author and co-author of 11 books and many papers published in Slovakia and abroad, including the publication "Čítanka pre neziskové organizácie“, "Tréning? Tréning", "Konflikt, zmierovanie, zmierovacie rady", "Komunikácia v terénnej sociálnej práci" and "Peacework". From his travels, he regularly publishes "traveler's notes" on how conflicts are being transferred in various countries and what happens when different cultures meet - e.g. in books "S tekvicou priviazanou o nohu" or "Sop-sum-sum". 

  • Karolína Miková

    Director of PDCS, Trainer and Facilitator

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: kaja@pdcs.sk 
    CV: Mikova_CV_EN.pdf


    What she works on in PDCS:

    Examples of training courses

    • Facilitation
    • Evaluation - how to measure outputs and impact of projects
    • Citizen participation

    Examples of services

    • Mediation of public conflicts
    • Designing and conducting meetings
    • Evaluation of projects

    Examples of projects

    • Long-term education of consultants for the nonprofit sector in Czech Republic and Slovakia
    • PrieStory
    • European Citizens’ Consultations

    She has worked in PDCS (with short interruptions) since 1996, starting as a volunteer, then a project manager, trainer and facilitator and today as executive director.

    She studied urban planning at the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava and took a one-year study programme at the Institute for Public Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, USA. She completed PhD studies at the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University in Bratislava.

    In 2011/2012 she worked as the head of the Office of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for the Development of Civil Society.

    As an expert she deals mostly with public conflict resolution and prevention, citizen participation in public issues decision-making, the development of civil society, deliberative democracy, community development and cross-sector cooperation. She has trained and consulted internationally in over 30 countries.


  • Anna Zemanová

    Deputy Director, Financial Manager

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: zemanh@pdcs.sk 
    CV: Zemanova_CV_ENG.pdf

  • Katarína Bajzíková

    Programme Coordinator and Consultant


    tel.: +421 915 738 477 
    e-mail: katarina@pdcs.sk 
    CV: CV_Katarina_Bajzikova_EN.pdf

  • Ľuboslava Šefčíková

    Project Manager

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: luba@pdcs.sk 
    CV: Luboslava_Sefcikova_EN.pdf

  • Miroslava Žilinská

    Trainer, Consultant and Project Manager

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: miroslava@pdcs.sk 
    CV: Zilinska_EN_CV.pdf

  • Lukáš Zorád

    Programme Coordinator and Consultant

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: lukas@pdcs.sk 
    CV: Zorad_CV_en_2016.pdf

  • Peter Guštafík

    Trainer, Facilitator

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: peter@pdcs.sk 
    CV: Gustafik_CV_ENG.pdf

  • Zuza Fialová

    Trainer, Consultant, Project Manager

    tel.: +421 918 689 882 
    e-mail: zuza.fialova@pdcs.sk
    CV: Fialova_Zuza_CV_ENG.pdf


    What she works on in PDCS:

    Examples of training courses

    • Introduction to international development and humanitarian assistance
    • Conflict in context of international development
    • Communication, presentation, media

    Examples of services

    • Evaluation of projects

    Examples of projects


    Consultant in international development, human rights, democratic transformation, and conflict management , she has been working for variety of international organizations (OCSE, NATO), national human rights and advocacy organizations (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland, Via Iuris in Slovakia), education institutions (Trnava University, University of St. Elisabeth Bratislava) and government bodies. Her professional carrier as a lecturer, consultant, researcher, or field worker started in 1992. Her list of professional publications contains more than 40 positions. Her book Human Rights Monitoring published in Poland has been translated into 5 languages, including Azerbaijani. She has been working in more than 20 countries of Europe and Asia.

    She earned her MA from sociology at the Commenius University in Bratislava (1995). PhD. studies were accomplished in Warsaw – Institute of Political studies (1999).

    As for her teaching experience, she created customized education courses for human rights NGOs, public officials, students at the universities or colleges in several countries. Currently she works on projects related to community development and democratic participation in Ukraine. She is also active in teaching in several faculties of Slovak universities.

  • Monika Straková

    Project Manager, Office Manager

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: monika@pdcs.sk 
    CV: Strakova_CV_AJ.pdf

  • Adela Tihláriková

    Project Manager

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
    e-mail: adela@pdcs.sk 
    CV: CV_Adela_Tihlarikova_EN.pdf

  • Zuzana Kamenická


    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016
    e-mail: zuzana.kamenicka@pdcs.sk
    CV: Kamenicka Zuzana_CV_EN.pdf

  • Lucia Kalmárová

    Financial Manager

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016
    e-mail: lucia@pdcs.sk
    CV: Lucia Kalmarova_CV_EN.pdf


The PDCS team is wonderful, combining wisdom, expertise, humanism, and love for their mission. It makes Slovak organizations stronger and helps them grow.”
Zuzana Wienk, the Fair-Play Alliance

What we appreciate about the PDCS team is the their professional approach and a very friendly environment which they are able to create during their training courses and other events.”
Karla Wursterová, International Visegrad Fund

PDCS team brought their professionalism, created friendly atmosphere, and provided support in every phase of the process.”
Mgr. Zuzana Komárová, PhD., the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic