Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

March

Title Fragility, Conflict & Statebuliding Course
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 13-17 March 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

States of fragility 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.

  • 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
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(Deadline for application: 31 December 2016)

April

Title Certificate of Advanced Studies Religion und Konflikt
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date April – October 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Das Phänomen der «Wiederentdeckung» des Religiösen lässt sich weltweit beobachten. Religion tritt vermehrt als Konfliktfaktor in Erscheinung, sei es auf innerstaatlicher oder zwischenstaatlicher Ebene, in der Schweiz oder im Ausland. Deshalb legt der CAS Religion & Konflikt den Fokus auf:

– das Verhältnis von Staat und Religion
– Konfliktdimensionen von Religion
– das konfliktschlichtende und friedensstiftende Potenzial von Religion
– Methoden und Instrumente für den Umgang mit Konflikten mit religiösen Dimensionen

N/B The course language is German.

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(Deadline for application: 28 February 2017)

Title Thematic Block ‘Gender in Conflict & Peacebuilding’
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 7-8 April 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

How do gender roles change during phases of violent conflict and war? And how does this affect peacebuilding processes? Conflict has a profound impact on gender relations and contests accepted gender roles, providing space for transformative action for gender equality in post-conflict reconstruction. Peacebuilding does not always foster gender equality when advocated through normative frameworks, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women or the UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Specific endeavors must therefore address gender power relations and roles systematically at all levels and in all phases of peacebuilding. Participants examine the gender-specific dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding. They reflect critically on the notions of masculinity, violence and militarism in wartime as well as on the discourses on women as actors and victims of war.

  • Learn about concepts of gender identities and their relevance for conflict and peacebuilding;
  • Understand the impact of peacebuilding on gender relations;
  • Be aware of the role of women’s agency and women’s rights;
  • Analyze the implication of gender stereotypes in war systems and militarism.
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(Deadline for application: 31 January 2017)

May

Title Conflict Prevention Course
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 3-5 May 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Ever since UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali issued his Agenda for Peace in 1992, the prevention of violent conflict and the early detection of tensions have been a core topic in the international peacebuilding discourse. The 1994 Rwanda genocide, in particular, gave prevention efforts a boost, as it once more revealed the need to develop robust conflict prevention schemes. Although the international community acknowledges its moral obligation to prevent violent conflicts and the cost-benefit perspective shows that investing in prevention makes much more sense than providing cure in the aftermath of war, conflict prevention still remains in its infancy. This course explores and critically discusses:

  • Theoretical reflections on the understanding of conflict prevention
  • Current implementation efforts
  • Possible avenues to enhance conflict prevention and early warning
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(Deadline for application: 28 February 2017)

Title May 2017 Intensive Dialogue Training
Organiser Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue
Date 28 May – 3 June 2017
Location Lillehammer, Norway
Short

description

Navigating diversity: tools and methods to transform conflicts to manageable levels

The goal is to give a theoretical and practical insight in the use of the Nansen Dialogue method and convey tools which can be used in the field.

What can this workshop do for you?

This workshop will provide you with theoretical and practical insight into the use of the Nansen dialogue method, and equip you with dialogue- and conflict transformation tools for field work.

These tools help dialogue workers spot and identify conflict mechanisms and has proved effective in a wide range of situations, making it easier to improve trust and relationships between groups and individuals.

The workshop is intended for practitioners, who may be working on resolving conflict or preventing its escalation. You may need to create an inclusive space where people can safely talk about disagreements. You may have a role in the humanitarian aid sector, or perhaps your focus is more targeted, such as the integration of refugees and migrants. You are interested in exploring how to use dialogue as a means to transforming difficult conversations.

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(Deadline for application: 20 February 2017)

Title Human Rights & Conflict Transformation Training
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 31 May – 2 June 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Human rights and conflict transformation are instrumental for achieving sustainable peace and development. Despite wide recognition that the fields of human rights, peacebuilding and development work in and on similar contexts, they are often perceived as distinct disciplines. This training seeks to go beyond this divide and aims at exploring how human rights and conflict transformation offer different types of insights to similar contexts, and exploring how they can complement one another both practically and conceptually. It also recognizes that certain challenges and dilemmas arise when linking human rights and conflict transformation, and considers strategies for addressing these.

  • Get insights on the value of linking human rights and conflict transformation
  • Learn from practical insights and tools from both fields for use in project design, implementation and evaluation processes
  • Reflect and exchange your own frame of reference and what this means for engaging with the interplay of human rights and conflict transformation
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(Deadline for application: 31 March 2017)

July

Title Summer School: South Sudan – Lessons for Peace & Conflict Studies?
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 3-7 July 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding the conflict dynamics in South Sudan, and how can insights from South Sudan advance academic research? swisspeace’s 5-day summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and state building and critically reflects on their relevance for the South Sudan context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the South Sudan context and reflect on scenarios for future developments.

What are the main developments in South Sudan since independence in 2011? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict today? How does the ongoing armed conflict relate to previous civil wars and what are lessons learned from peace and state building engagement taking place prior to independence? What role has the recent IGAD-led mediation process played? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed and what is the role of external actors in this process? Participants will focus on specific topics relevant to the South Sudan context including state formation, local governance, peace mediation, civil society, and responsibility to protect.

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(Deadline for application: 30 April 2017)

September

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)

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 ways in which these different actors interact shape, among other factors, 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 to ensure 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
  • Learn from victim-perpetrators relationships in contexts of transition
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(Deadline for application: 30 June 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)

Training Courses by Member Organisation

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Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

Title IPD II Winter Academy
Organiser Institute for Peace & Dialogue (IPD)
Date 17-26 February 2017
Location Baar, Switzerland
Short

description

The main goal of the 10 days Winter Academy is to strengthen the skills of the representatives from state institutions, business sector, INGOs/NGOs, education institutions, religious organisations, independent mediators and politicians through academic trainings in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue fields.

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(Deadline: 1 November 2016)

Title 3 Month CAS – Research Program
Organiser Institute for Peace & Dialogue (IPD)
Date 17 February – 16 May 2017
Location Baar, Switzerland
Short

description

The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the research skills of the participants and to closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutes.

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(Deadline: 1 November 2016)

Title Long-Term Election Observation
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 5 – 11 March 2017
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

The objective of this Course is to support the development and consolidation of pluralistic, democratic societies by preparing participants for observation and assistance tasks in electoral missions.

Work groups, case studies and simulations will actively engage the participants who will look closely into all different steps of an electoral observation mission, from the exploratory phase to selection procedures through its internal functioning, the relations with national authorities, including the electoral management bodies, local stakeholders and  political actors involved into the electoral cycle and security issues.

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Title Core Course for Peacebuilders
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 22 April – 4 May 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: 22 January 2017)

Title Specialisation Course Conflict Transformation
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 5 – 14 May 2017
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

During this specialisation course, participants 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. A strong focus on self-reflection is an integral part of the course.

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(Deadline: 22 January 2017)

Title Conflict Sensitive Project Management
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 21 – 30 July
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

This training aims to prepare experts for successful design and implementation of international development projects in post-conflict areas. The course is designed for field practitioners (e.g. development and humanitarian aid practitioners) who wish to reflect on their work and enhance their skills to efficiently manage projects in peace-building and peacekeeping activities and people who aim to specialise in managing projects and programmes in post-conflict settings.

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(Deadline: 1 May 2017)

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)