Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

October 2019

Title 2019 Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice
Organiser International Center for Transitional Justice, Barcelona International Peace Centre, and Fundación Ensurecer
Date 28 October – 1 November
Location Barcelona, Spain
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The notion of prevention continues to be a major priority in the global policy agenda. The UN General Assembly, Security Council, and Secretary General as well as actors such as the World Bank have in recent years emphasized the importance of preventing violence and violent conflict instead of merely reacting to them. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also include the target of reducing all forms of violence, and much of the discussion around peaceful, just, and inclusive societies in the lead up to the UN High-Level Political Forum and SDG Summit in 2019 has focused on the role of prevention.

Transitional justice, which addresses the causes and consequences of massive human rights violations, has always sought to break cycles of abuse, particularly in terms of the notion of guarantees of non-recurrence. It has only been more recently, however, that transitional justice has been articulated as an integral element of sustainable peace and development, and that guarantees of non-recurrence have been defined beyond the institutional sphere. It is crucial, therefore, for practitioners and policymakers to better understand the relationship between transitional justice and prevention.

In addition to helping to ensure the non-recurrence of rights violations, transitional justice may more broadly contribute to the prevention of violence, repression, violent conflict, and authoritarianism. It may do so by addressing the root causes of violations, rebuilding social relationships, fostering trust in institutions, and reducing grievances and exclusion. At the same time, responding to past injustice may in certain circumstances make the recurrence of violence more likely, particularly if it is seen to be one-sided and unfair. Identifying what it is that transitional justice may help to prevent, how it may do so, and under what conditions is therefore critical.

This course will examine how transitional justice can contribute to prevention and guarantees of non-recurrence. It will ask a series of questions aimed at unpacking both concepts and exploring their relationship to transitional justice:

  • Does transitional justice help to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations, including economic and social rights violations; different forms of violence and repression, including gender-based violence, violent extremism, and genocide; violent conflict and authoritarianism; and human-rights related problems/crimes such as displacement and corruption?
  • What are the specific ways in which transitional justice can contribute positively to prevention? Is the contribution, for example, made by challenging the structural causes of violations, such as marginalization and inequality, including gender inequality? And/or by facilitating the reform of institutions, laws, and constitutions? And/or by overcoming divisions between groups? And/or by changing cultural values and dispositions?
  • How can truth commissions contribute to prevention and guarantees of non-recurrence? To what extent is this contribution made through their process, analysis, and recommendations for reform? What specific types of recommendations are most relevant to prevention and nonrecurrence? What challenges are faced in the implementation of such recommendations? To what extent are truth commission recommendations related to prevention and non-recurrence actually implemented and what impact do they actually have?
  • What are the specific ways in which transitional justice can hinder or undermine prevention? Does this happen, for example, by increasing instability and creating new grievances?
  • What roles do different actors such as the state, civil society, religious actors, media, corporations, donors, and international organizations play in determining whether transitional justice contributes positively or negatively to the prevention of injustice?
  • How does context shape the preventive capacity of transitional justice processes? For example, how do political settlements, economic conditions, and institutional factors present challenges and opportunities for designing and implementing transitional justice processes that reduce the likelihood of the recurrence of violations and violence?
  • What are the implications of a preventive function for how transitional justice processes should be designed and how they should relate to other types of interventions, such as those in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, humanitarianism, and development?

The course will look at practical examples of current, past, and paradigmatic transitional justice processes and their contribution to prevention. Country case studies to be discussed may include Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Syria, the former Yugoslavia, and Latin American cases. The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in transitional justice efforts and insight into the challenges and opportunities of helping to avoid the recurrence of human rights violations, violence, violent conflict, and authoritarianism. 

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The deadline for applications is 30 August 2019.

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Title Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 16-18 October 2019
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Fragile states are of major concern to actors spanning from local citizens to global policy makers. Not only are they particularly prone to violent conflict, they are also held responsible for a range of public bads transcending national borders. While ‘fragility’ is pervasive in donor and aid organizations’ thinking, the concept remains unclear and fuels the debate on how the international community should best respond. This course focuses on the conceptual, policy and implementation challenges of statebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

During this course you will:
  • draw lessons from links between concepts of violent conflict, fragility, state- and peacebuilding.
  • understand the foundations of states and the construction of social and political legitimacy.
  • learn about international policy responses to fragile and conflict-affected contexts.
  • reflect on current methodologies proposed by international actors for working successfully in fragile contexts.
  • exchange experience and become part of a community of practice.
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Title Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – PATRIR
Date 21-25 October 2019
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming is an intensive training programme designed for agencies, organisations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilisation and recovery who wish to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainable impact of their programmes – including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, social, economic and political stabilisation, reconciliation in divided communities, and postwar recovery, rehabilitation and development. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in over 40 countries, Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming represents the most advanced training programme of its kind for policymakers, practitioners, governments and donors internationally. There is a gap between the scale of people’s efforts and investment, the huge number of programmes, activities and organisations in the field, and the impact this is all having on peacebuilding and sustainable post-war recovery and stabilisation. This programme has been designed to close that gap. It is practical and operational, designed for policy makers, donors and practitioners, and those dealing with the daily challenges of peacebuilding, development and recovery in areas affected by war and violence. Unlike almost every programme in the field today, it draws from across the entire breadth of operational experience, lessons learned and practical methodologies – doing so in a way that has been designed to enable agencies and organisations to go in-depth into their work and how they are doing it, coming out with better designs, better approaches, and with real effects.

What you get from this course:

  • Draw upon best practices and lessons learned in peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programme development and implementation to improve planning and implementation.
  • Work through all stages of programme development, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and follow-through using own cases and programmes
  • Develop effective, customized processes relevant for your organisations’ missions and the needs and contexts in which you are working
  • Improve applied conflict and situation analysis and conflict intelligence to support better design of peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programmes which can operate effectively and contribute to transforming root causes and impacts
  • Develop improved skills for designing relevant and appropriate programme and engagement strategies and activities, including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, socioeconomic and political stabilization, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development.
  • Address key issues including: sustainability, ownership, challenges and collapse of peace and recovery processes, impact and effectiveness, gender, human rights stabilization and security, multi-track engagement
  • Support local capacity development and strengthening community and national ownership
  • Design peacebuilding and conflict transformation intervention for specific communities and sectors: including conflict party leadership, national and cultural groups, youth, women, media, & business
  • Develop tools to assist your organization for short, medium and long-term engagements.
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Visit www.patrir.ro/training, or email training@patrir.ro.

November 2019

Title Religion & Conflict Transformation Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 6-8 November 2019
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Examples such as Northern Ireland, Indonesia, Iraq, Mali, Syria and Myanmar show that religion plays an important role in many violent conflicts around the world today. This course provides participants with practical knowledge about methods and tools of conflict transformation focusing on conflicts with a religious dimension as well as on the roles of different actors in these contexts. The course work will be interactive and focused on Myanmar, Iraq and a case from Sub-Saharan Africa which will be looked at in-depth.

The Religion & Conflict Transformation Course consists of preparatory readings and a 3-day on-site training (Wednesday-Friday) at the University of Basel. Half-hour coffee breaks during the sessions offer the perfect opportunity to get to know better your fellow participants and to expand your professional and academic network. The detailed program will be sent to participants in due time.

In this course you will:

  • gain an understanding of concepts and key terms regarding religion related to peace and conflict
  • study how religions can drive conflict and promote peace
  • explore conflicts with a religious dimension through case studies
  • learn about approaches that address conflicts with a religious dimension and familiarize yourself with a conflict analysis tool designed for conflicts with religious dimensions
  • look into the roles religiously motivated actors play in conflict areas
  • become part of a network that deals critically with questions about religion, peace and conflict.
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Title Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Contexts
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – PATRIR
Date 18-20 November 2019
Location London, UK
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Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Conflicts is a unique three-day Advanced Professional Training designed for governments, UN agencies and missions, and national and international organisations working with mediation, negotiations, dialogue processes (from community to national and inter-party levels), peacemaking, and peace processes. The programme is intended for expert mediators and parties to mediation and negotiation processes seeking to identify measures to strengthen and improve their processes. Facilitated by an expert practitioner, the programme will assist those involved in mediation and peacemaking efforts – before, during or postwar – to address key challenges and explore practical ways of improving the quality and results of their mediation and peacemaking processes. Carried out in cooperation with the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) of PATRIR, the programme is also designed to actively assist mediation and peace processes. Technical Assistance is provided to ensure customized support for participating experts, representatives and organisations and agencies. In several cases, both / multiple mediation parties and mediators have taken part in the programme to assist them by providing a space to step out from their normal contexts and to go indepth, in a facilitated process, into improving their meditation and peacemaking skills, methods and approaches.

What you get from this course:

  • Work with leading practitioners, government and conflict party leadership involved in mediation processes in complex environments from around the world.
  • Develop and Design Outcomes for Enabling Resolution and Transformation of Complex Conflicts
  • Enhance understanding, coordination and coherence in peacemak-ing in the field and between policy and practice. Addressing both top-level formal and informal negotiations, mediation and peace processes the program will also explore how processes can be made more effective by linking with other tracks and the work that can be done by civil society actors, donors, international agencies, national parliaments, analysts, media and other to support mediation processes and create an enabling environment for transition and resolution.
  • Technical aspects of preparation, design, development, implementation and follow-through in mediation and peace processes
  • Address the links, gaps and opportunities in multi-track dialogue, mediation, peacemaking and peacebuilding
  • Develop practical measures for improving practice and addressing gaps in current mediation and peacemaking practice
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Visit www.patrir.ro/training, or email training@patrir.ro.
Title Designing and Implementing Effective Monitoring and Evaluation for Development, Peacebuilding & Humanitarian Operations
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – PATRIR
Date 21-23 November 2019
Location London, UK
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Designing and Implementing Effective Monitoring and Evaluation for Development, Peacebuilding & Humanitarian Operations a three-day Executive Leadership Programme designed for senior practitioners, monitoring & evaluation units, field staff, and heads of agencies working in peacebuilding and peace support operations – including crisis management; violence prevention; mediation, peacemaking and peace processes during armed conflict; peacebuilding and development; post-war recovery and reconciliation; UN missions; and demobilization, disarmament and reintegration programmes. The programme has been designed to assist organisations, agencies and missions in the field to see how to develop appropriate monitoring & evaluation systems and processes customized for their exact needs and contexts. The programme focuses on improving practical and applied skills and tools for those working in the field. In 3 days participants work together with other leading practitioners and agencies from around the world, rigorously review and evaluate their own programmes and strengths and challenges of peacebuilding in their contexts, and are exposed to a range of rigorous and effective methodologies, tools and case studies which they can apply in their work. We select participants based upon their work and then take them through a customized methodology to assist them in improving the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their programmes. Participants – from governments, UN agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and local, national and international organizations – have reviewed IPDTC’s London line of Advanced Professional Trainings as amongst the best of their kind in the world.

What you get from this course:

  • Take participants through a customized methodology designed to assist agencies, organisations and UN country missions in developing appropriate monitoring and evaluation methodologies for improving impact and effectiveness of peacebuilding programmes
  • Provide a dynamic, safe environment using a confidentiality rule to enable participants and their organizations/agencies to address key issues and challenges they face in their work.
  • Provide effective tools which can be used by participants and their organizations in developing baselines, indicators, types of change, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Explore best practices and lessons learned in applied monitoring and evaluation from peacebuilding and conflict transformation programmes and national and international organizations, together with senior staff and practitioners from around the world.
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Visit www.patrir.ro/training, or email training@patrir.ro.
Title Business, Conflict & Peacebuilding Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 22-23 November 2019
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Businesses are commonly seen as the ‘bad guys’ in fragile and conflict-affected areas. However, the roles businesses play in such environments are more complex. While some companies have been accused of committing human rights violations and exacerbating conflicts, others have been commended for advocating a peaceful resolution to conflict or actively engaging in international peace initiatives. One factor that heavily influences the way in which businesses operate in conflict contexts is their relationship to other actors like home states, host states, non-state armed actors, other businesses and civil society organisations.

In this course participants will:

  • Develop knowledge of key international policy frameworks on business, peace and human rights and their challenges and opportunities.
  • Get a global understanding of the various positive and negative impacts companies may have in fragile and conflict-affected areas as well as how to strengthen or mitigate them.
  • Learn more about conflict-sensitive business practices, methodologies and tools that help businesses operate successfully in fragile and conflict-affected areas while having a lasting impact on peace.
  • Better understand the perspectives of state actors, businesses and civil society organizations and how to initiate and manage impactful collaborations and partnerships.
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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Click here for more information. Applications close on 30 September 2019.

January 2020

Title National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 27-31 January 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Today’s peace processes are highly complex, as currently seen in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. Peace mediation and national dialogues are widely recognized as two relevant avenues for the peaceful settlement of conflicts. Peace mediation processes are assisted negotiation processes, often with limited participation and a focus on questions of power-sharing. National dialogues, in contrast, aim to provide a space to discuss a broader range of issues relevant to the wider society, expand participation beyond political and military elites and (re)build relations among different actors. Nevertheless, the two concepts are closely interlinked as national dialogues can be set up before, during or after peace mediation processes.

In this course participants will:

  • get insights into how to define, design and support national dialogue processes
  • receive hands-on training in dialogue and mediation skills
  • reflect on lessons from past processes
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice
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Click here for more information. Applications close on 30 November 2019.
Title Dealing with the Past Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 24-25 January 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

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Learn how societies emerging from violence and conflict deal with the past and prepare for the future.

In this course participants will:

  • understand different approaches to transitional justice and dealing with the past.
  • get familiar with the most important notions, concepts and mechanisms relevant to dealing with the past (truth commissions, archives, reparation programs, guarantees of non-recurrence, etc.).
  • learn how dealing with the past processes have been designed and implemented in different contexts.
  • learn about the complexities, challenges and politics inherent in dealing with the past processes and the design of mechanisms and interventions.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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Click here for more information. Applications close on 30 November 2019.

March 2020

Title Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts
Organiser swisspeace
Date 11-13 March 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Theories of change help aid workers and peacebuilders to make their programs more effective, but they are rarely used to their full potential. Creating a detailed 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 impact. This course provides the conceptual background for working with theories of change in fragile contexts and then focuses on how ‘good’ theories of change can be developed and used by practitioners to gain an in-depth understanding of the change their programs trigger.

In this course participants will:

  • learn to 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)
  • train your skills 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
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice
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Click here for more information. Applications close on 15 January 2020.

June 2020

Title Conflict Sensitivity Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 10-12 June 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Peacebuilding, development and humanitarian interventions aim at contributing to a positive impact on the contexts within which they take place. External interventions in volatile environments thus need to be sensitive to the context. This includes the identification and mitigation of the risks of exacerbating conflict, and strengthening of opportunities to contribute to positive change.

Working in volatile and potentially quickly changing contexts requires organizations and their interventions to be adaptive and flexible. A conflict sensitive approach systematically takes into account both the positive and negative impacts of interventions on contexts and the impact of these contexts on the interventions.

In this course participants will:

  • acquire an understanding of the concept and aim of conflict sensitivity
  • learn about practical tools for applying conflict sensitivity in strategic and operational aspects of program management
  • become aware of institutional and individual capacities for effective implementation of conflict sensitivity
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice
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Click here for more information. Applications close on 31 March 2020.

Training Courses by Member Organisation

   Berghof Foundation     ESSEC IRENÉ               

(forumZFD is a member of EPLO member organisation German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management)

Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

Title IPT Core Course for Peacebuilders
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 27 October – 8 November 2019
Location Stadtschlaining, Austria
Short

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The ENTRi certified Core Course comprises theoretical inputs and practical exercises tailored to the realities in the fields of peacebuilding, peacekeeping and Crisis management. 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.

Based on relevant expertise and experience, participants will be encouraged to work in groups on specific case studies to analyse the relevant conflicts, potentials for peace and create related project plans, which may be of meaning in their respective fields of work! Further mentoring by our faculty and ASPR-staff may be discussed throughout the course in case of implementation of such or similar plans.

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Title Master Class on Conflict Transformation
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 10 – 20 November 2019
Location Stadtschlaining, Austria
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Join this Master Class with ASPR-director, Gudrun Kramer, and Wilfried Graf – executive director and co-founder of the Herbert C. Kelman Institute! Together they combine decades of experience of working in the field of conflict transformation and related Training-activities in Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

During the Master Class, participants will get acquainted with the underlying philosophical approaches, theoretical concepts, and practical tools for facilitating conflict transformation in complex constellations. Participants will develop skills, and practice a facilitator’s attitude to apply their knowledge in different settings (eg. as inside mediators, as third party, or when working with potential veto groups) and at different societal levels.

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