Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

September 2019

Title Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 9 – 13 September 2019
Location Basel, Switzerland
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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, such as with truth commissions, tribunals or commemorations. The interactions of these actors shape whether or not a particular dealing with the past process succeeds in being locally relevant and effective. This course examines the potentials and challenges for the design and implementation of dealing with the past processes. 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.

Your benefits

In this course you will:

  • acquire a thorough understanding of transitional justice, the right to know, the right to reparations, the right to justice as well as guarantees of non-recurrence.
  • get to know ‘local’ approaches to dealing with the past and ‘international’ frameworks.
  • reflect on practices of inclusion in dealing with the past processes.
  • learn about transformative approaches to dealing with the past.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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The deadline for applications is 15 July 2019.

Title Sustainable Peace and Human Rights Education
Organiser Academy for Conflict Transformation, ForumZFD
Date 9 Semptember – 28 October
Location Online
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This interactive online seminar explores the questions: How can education promote sustainable peace? What are human rights and how do they play a role in formal and informal educational systems? And, how can we assist educators integrate sustainable peace and human rights discourse into school and educational curriculums and how human rights can change the future of schooling?

Making use of the tools available to us in the realm of online seminars, the course will develop around the realization of sustainable peace, human rights’ histories and her-stories through a Sustainable Peace Human Rights Book Project. Working in groups, this project will mobilize students to dream, develop, design, write and produce an online video of virtual children’s book on a human right campaign, organization or activist from the past or present.

Seminar Content

  • Creation of a Sustainable Peace and Human Rights book in a group project
  • Key terms: peace education, human rights, activism, advocacy
  • Educational shape of civil and political rights, and intersection with human rights
  • Human rights as basis for dialogue and sustainable peace
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Title Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Organiser swisspeace
Date September 2019 – August 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

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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 program provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding. It analyzes theories, concepts, debates, policies, and practices in the different fields of peacebuilding ranging from peace mediation, conflict transformation, the role of gender to dealing with the past. Additionally, you acquire skills and tools to apply in conflict situations.

The program can be studied in two versions and can be taken over one or two years at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The comprehensive version (24 course days) consists of an Introductory Module (2 days), a Thematic Module (five courses, 13 days), a Training Module (two courses, 6 days) an Applied Module (2 days) and a Concluding Module (1 day). The short version (18 course days) does not include the Training Module.

Your benefits

In this program you will:

  • get a comprehensive overview of different fields of civilian peacebuilding.
  • reflect critically on peacebuilding practices.
  • link latest findings from research and best practices to your work.
  • acquire practical peacebuilding skills and tools.
  • lay the foundation for your next career step.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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Title Religion, Peace & Conflict
Organiser swisspeace
Date September 2019 – August 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
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The media often report about religiously motivated acts of violence. At the same time, throughout history, religions repeatedly contributed to peacebuilding. In the CAS Religion, Peace & Conflict you will reflect these ambivalences with experts from academia and practice.

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Religion, Peace & Conflict is offered annually and runs from fall to summer. The program consists of an Introductory Module (2 days), a Thematic Module (three 2- to 3-day courses) and a Concluding Module (1 day) (total 10-11 days) and the writing of a final CAS-thesis. On-site courses take place on either Wednesday-Friday or Friday and Saturday at the University of Basel. The CAS Religion, Peace & Conflict can be taken over one to two years.

Your benefits

In this program you will:

  • learn about concrete methods of conflict analysis and discuss which roles religiously motivated actors play in conflict contexts.
  • familiarize yourself with different religions and get an overview of key terms and concepts.
  • understand how religion can be used as discourse, value system or tradition when building peace and driving conflicts.
  • examine case studies of conflicts with a religious dimension.
  • unpack radicalization trends.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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Title Making Prevention, Early Warning and Peacebuilding Effective: Lessons Learned, What Works in the Field and Core Skills
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – PATRIR
Date 23-27 September 2019
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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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.

Relevant, Operational, Practical

Prevention, Early Warning and Peacebuilding offers participants an intensive, stimulating and challenging with experienced practitioners and policy makers from the UN, governments, and local, national and international agencies and organizations from around the world. This allows participants to

learn together with practitioners from multiple conflict contexts, agencies, and levels of operation and engagement. Staff of the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) and PATRIR’s Department of Peace Operations provide tailored support to assist participants in enhancing in-depth knowledge applied skills and customized approaches relevant for their needs and contexts. The programme also assists review, development and strengthening of national and organizational strategies and early warning and prevention systems, tools and approaches.

What you get from this course:

  • Draw upon leading practice and experiences from the field in applied peacebuilding, prevention and early warning from local, national and international organisations, governments and agencies.
  • Identify critical lessons and challenges in peacebuilding and making early warning and prevention effective.
  • Develop rigorous, operational knowledge relevant for participants’ exact needs and contexts.
  • Develop a roster of measures, tools and approaches to making peacebuilding and prevention work effectively on the ground in participants’ contexts.
  • Interact and share experiences with experts, practitioners and policy makers from other agencies, organisations, UN Missions and governments
  • Receive customized support and assistance before, during and after the program from the Department of Peace Operations
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Title Advanced Training of Trainers Intensive: Improving Best Practices
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – PATRIR
Date 30 September – 4 October 2019
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Short

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More information soon.

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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 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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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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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 Master Class on Intersectional Gender Work and Peacebuilding
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 21 – 31 August 2019
Location
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The world we live in undergoes vast global and social changes! Emerging new challenges and needs, such as the integration of refugees and immigrants, debates on human rights, and gender-related power struggles all call for creative alternative practices and frameworks that allow personal and collective narratives to enter our conversations, working-, learning- and living spaces!

In the light of #metoo and #whyididntreport this Master Class examines how theory can be translated into practice and how various dilemmas pertaining to people navigating a changing world can be successfully adressed in the peace- and development work.

Thus, this Master Class focuses on practices of emancipatory critical pedagogy in armed conflicts and in post conflict situations, in relation to methods that promote sustainable peace and human rights advocacy around experiences, questions and concerns related to gender. Furthermore, emerging new challenges and needs, such as the integration of refugees and immigrants, debates on human rights, and gender-related power struggles all call for creative alternative practices and frameworks that allow personal and collective narratives to enter our conversations, working-, learning- and living spaces!

Trainer Dr. Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is the head of the Gender and Peacebuilding Programme, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN University for Peace and professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel.

As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), and various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non-violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace).

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Deadline for application: 19 April 2019

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
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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 Religion & Conflict Transformation Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 6-8 November 2019
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

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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 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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