Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

August

Title Effective Advising in Peacebuilding Contexts Course 2017
Organiser International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT)
Date 28 August – 4 September 2017
Location Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland
Short

description

Countries that emerge from periods of violence or are undergoing complex and profound governance changes often need to rebuild or reform their public sector institutions and the governance relationship between state authorities and citizens. National and international experts/ advisers seek to support these public authorities and other actors, on policy formulation and implementation. Yet reviews of decades of technical assistance show that the experitise provided is not always producing the desired results.

This course seeks to better equip advisers by honing essential interactional and advisory skills, and by offering frameworks and guidance on how to understand and navigate the broader institutional environement and change processes they find themselves in. It creates a space for exchange and learning on the practice of advising from resource people and between participants.

Peacebuilding will not be taught during the course. Rather, it is the participants’ expertise, the case studies and exercises that will reflect the real-life challenges of peacebuilding work.

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(Deadline for application: 22 May 2017)

September

Title Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 11 – 15 September 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Finding a way to deal with a violent past following events such as civil war, the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation, is often argued to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and rule of law. International advocacy networks, norms and legal frameworks support national and local actors in the design of mechanisms and processes like truth commissions, tribunals or commemorations. The interactions of these actors shape whether a particular dealing with the past process succeeds in being locally relevant and effective. This course examines the potentials and challenges of designing and implementing dealing with the past processes, and the ways in which actors can work together for effective policy decision-making. Engaging with key debates in the field, it focuses on how to ensure that dealing with the past processes support the transformation of violent conflicts.

  • Get to know ‘local’ approaches to dealing with the past as well as ‘international’ norms and frameworks
  • Understand processes of memorialization
  • Reflect on perspectives of victims and perpetrators in contexts of transition
  • Learn about transformative approaches to dealing with the past

Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, a study visit, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study.

This course is designed for professionals engaged in dealing with the past processes and conflict transformation: practitioners and academics interested in combining their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge.

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(Deadline for application: 30 June 2017)

Title Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date September 2017 – August 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Civilian peacebuilding plays a crucial role in efforts to transform violent conflict, promote peace, rebuild war-torn societies and prevent the recurrence of violence. This postgraduate course provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding. It analyzes theories, concepts, debates, policies and practices in:

  • Peacebuilding & statebuilding
  • Gender in conflict & peacebuilding
  • Peacebuilding methodologies
  • Peace mediation
  • Dealing with the past & transitional justice
  • Business, conflict & human rights

The course is designed for practitioners and academics interested in bridging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge on civilian peacebuilding.

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(Deadline for application: 30 June 2017)

October

Title Negotiating Peace and Justice: A Course on the Place of Transitional Justice in Peace Processes
Organiser International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) and International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)
Date 9-13 October 2017
Location Barcelona, Spain
Short

description

The course will focus on practical examples of recent or paradigmatic peace processes where the question of justice formed a significant part of the negotiating context. It will raise a series of questions on substance, process, participation and review how things worked out in practice.

The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in the basics of transitional justice and to understand the challenges, options and implications of different approaches to the justice question in peace processes.

The first day of the course will provide an introduction to the practice of transitional justice based on reading previously distributed. The majority of course will then be given over to discuss and analyse a number of different peace processes, current, recent and past, to look at how the issues have been addressed. Processes to be considered include Colombia, South Sudan, South Africa, Guatemala, Northern Ireland and Syria.

The program is targeted at mid-career and senior staff at multilateral agencies, governments, NGOs, foundations, and universities. Practitioners directly involved in countries dealing with peace processes are especially encouraged to apply.

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(Deadline for application: 25 August 2017)

November

Title Business, Conflict & Human Rights Course
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 23-25 November 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

What is needed for businesses to operate responsibly in volatile areas? The course explores this question from various angles. It discusses state of the art international standards on business and human rights and ways for companies to implement them. It sheds light on the roles and strategies of companies, governments, international organizations and civil society in promoting responsible business practices.

This course is designed for practitioners from business, civil society and government involved in promoting responsible business in volatile areas. It may be particularly interesting for participants attending the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, taking place just after the course.

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(Deadline for application: 30 September 2017)

January

Title National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course
Organiser swisspeace Academy and Berghof Foundation
Date 29 January – 2 February 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

National Dialogues are increasingly seen as an inclusive tool to address and transform deep political crises and post war transitions. National Dialogues can be set up before, during or after peace negotiations and serve to provide a space to discuss issues of national relevance and build trust among different segments of the population. Being nationally led, such processes are crucial in promoting ownership, inclusivity and legitimacy.

  • Get insights on how to define, design and support National Dialogue processes
  • Hands-on training in dialogue and mediation skills
  • Reflect on lessons that can be drawn from previous cases
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice

This course is designed for professionals interested or engaged in National Dialogues & peace mediation: stakeholders, practitioners and academics seeking to combine their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge.

A minimum of two years of professional experience in relevant fields and a university degree (minimum BA) or an equivalent educational background are required.

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(Deadline for application: 30 November 2017)

February

Title Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Training
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 14 – 16 February 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

While peacebuilding programs aim to contribute to relevant change and strengthen transitions out of fragility, they are often challenged on whether they do this strategically enough. Development professionals and peacebuilders are increasingly using theories of change to help organizations address these issues. Creating a detailed and explicit logic of intervention helps to identify gaps in programming, highlight assumptions that need to be tested, and provide a sound base for strategic choices that can increase effectiveness. Despite the widespread emergence of theories of change in strategy and project documents, they are rarely used to their full potential. This training focuses on how ‘good’ theories of change can be created that will help practitioners gain an in-depth understanding of their programs and their impacts.

  • Understand the concepts of theories of change and the basics to work with them
  • Build theories of change on different levels (project, program and organizational level) with practical exercises
  • Get insights on different uses of theories of change for design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Develop ideas on using theories of change as a tool to foster organizational learning and grapple with complexity

The training is designed for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian practitioners and academics interested in bridging theory and concepts with practical knowledge, good practices and lessons learned from field-based use of theories of change.

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(Deadline for application: 30 November 2017)

Training Courses by Member Organisation

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Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

Title Making Prevention, Early Warning & Peacebuilding Effective: Lessons Learned, What Works in the Field and Core Skills
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 2 – 6 October 2017
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Short

description

‘Making Prevention, Early Warning & Peacebuilding Effective: Lessons Learned, What Works in the Field and Core Skills’ is an hands-on and practical program created to assist governments, inter-governmental organisations and civil society organisations and agencies in the field. It is the only one of its kind internationally going in-depth into what works in prevention, how to make early warning systems effective, and how to do peacebuilding with impact to prevent wars, armed violence, and crisis escalation. Prevention, Early Warning and Peacebuilding draws on the key lessons from the field, experiences on the ground, and real case studies to identify critical lessons and challenges in peacebuilding and prevention – and how they can be addressed in practice. The programme also focuses on developing a customised roster of measures, tools and approaches to making peacebuilding and prevention work effectively on the ground in participants own contexts.

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Title Core Course for Peacebuilders
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 7 – 19 October 2017
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

The programme of this training course comprises theoretical inputs and practical exercises tailored to the realities in the field. All modules enhance interpersonal skills, highlight the importance of active involvement in the host society, and promote a reflective and critical approach. Junior professionals benefit particularly as they get the opportunity to reflect on their own mission readiness and motivation.

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(Deadline: 1 July 2017)

Title Human Rights in Conflict
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 20-29 October 2017
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

This course aims at enhancing the skills needed by professionals to monitor, protect and promote human rights in the field. The acquired knowledge helps to ensure that their work is efficient, relevant, sustainable, participatory, and carried out safely during or after violent conflict.

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(Deadline: 1 July 2017)