Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

March 2020

Title Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts
Organiser swisspeace
Date 11-13 March 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

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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Title Dialogue Processes
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 24 March – 5 May
Location Online
Short

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Designing, initiating and accompanying communication processes among the different parties of a conflict is one of the core elements of peace work. These processes demand a profound understanding of the situation, an empathetic and multipartial attitude towards the parties and a comprehensive set of communication skills. This seminar focuses on your role of the peace worker as a third party in a conflict and explores the attitude, skills, knowledge and tools necessary for accompanying dialogue processes.

Paying special attention to all key elements of a congruent facilitation style you will learn about the necessary components needed in designing and implementing dialogue processes. From the creation of a safe space with each of the parties involved to the structural requirements of a dialogue, going through the clarification of roles and objectives, this seminar seeks to increase your awareness regarding the big picture of dialogue process design and all the small, yet crucial elements that maximise the chances for a successful dialogue process.

Seminar content

  • Concepts and terms: dialogue, mediation, negotiation, facilitation
  • Designing dialogue processes to fit the needs of the conflict parties
  • Types of outputs from dialogue processes and their impact on individual and structural transformation in the broader conflict setting – establishing contact, creating safe spaces, trust-building, joint analysis and searching for solutions
  • Types of dialogue formats to address a variety of conflict situations
  • Tools and skills for dialogue facilitation
  • Paying attention to the detail: physical space, logistics, translations
  • Cross cutting issues: power dynamics, inclusion, gender, cultural sensitivity

 

Workload

  • Participation in weekly online live sessions, each Tuesday 14:00 -15:30 CEST, 90 min, March 24 to May 5. Participation in a minimum of 4 out of 7 live online sessions
  • Technical Check on March 17, 14:00 -15:30 CEST
  • approximately 2 hours workload week self-paced study focused on reading course materials, for 7 weeks
  • applying tools and skills gained during the course to your specific context (e.g. designing a dialogue-based peacebuilding activity relevant to your current work)
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April 2020

Title Mediation & Peacemaking Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 01-03 April 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Mediators bring conflict parties to the negotiating table and support them in finding agreements. While mediation used to be a domain reserved exclusively for diplomats and UN envoys, in the last decade the range of actors in the mediation field has broadened and the field has professionalized. In this course, participants gain insights into the complex challenges of peace mediation.

In this course participants will:

  • Familiarize yourself with the most important concepts and approaches of negotiation and mediation.
  • Understand the main dimensions of mediation process design and their applications in cases.
  • Understand the Swiss approach to peace mediation.
  • Practice negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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Title Systemic Conflict Analysis
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 14-18 April 2020
Location Königswinter, Germany
Short

description

Interventions in conflicts by peace and development services aim at contributing to constructive conflict transformation. Research on such interventions suggests that frequent problems in conflict interventions are the gap between analysis and strategy as well as a far too linear understanding of the conflict dynamics. As a consequence, interventions limit themselves to specific segments of the complex conflict setting or to limited approaches.

Conflict analysis plays a crucial role in the planning of interventions by outside actors as well as for designing suitable strategies by actors who are part of the conflict system. The task is to deal with a dilemma: understand complexities sufficiently, but still remain able to visualise the relevant dynamics.

The course aims at introducing participants to the approach of conflict analysis and relating it  to the state of the art in this field. It encourages participants to apply instruments in a participatory way as they would do in the field. Entry points offered by conflict analysis for strategy building are identified. Participants are challenged to develop their own ability to change perspectives in conflict settings.

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Title Psychosocial Conflict Analysis
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 14-18 April 2020
Location Königswinter, Germany
Short

description

This seminar begins from the working assumption that conflict is always about people. Whatever its contextual causes or consequences, any conflict is driven, shaped and directed by psycho-social dimensions that risk escalating a dispute into a zone in which destructivity and inhumane behaviour run unchecked. Understanding these dimensions – recognising them and analysing their various workings in particular settings – constitutes the first step to working with conflict transformatively, enabling a shift from wielding weapons to using words and to validating the cultural resources and the needs, interests and values of people in the conflict setting. Any such transformation necessarily requires thoroughgoing prior analysis of the social conditions precipit the conflict – the role of structural violence, for example, of grievance, of disparities and relative deprivation, of interests, needs and values – to cite a few of the approaches to be explored. This seminar provides tools to analyse conflict and become alert to pitfalls as well as to realistic openings for intervention and transformation.

The teaching methodologies employed include short lectures, individual reflection and work in pairs and small groups. Using case studies from Nepal, Zimbabwe, Mali and Kurdistan, participants will experiment with the following conflict analysis tools:

Finally, the importance of Glasl’s conflict escalation, the Do No Harm and the Reflecting on Peace Practice models as well as Lederach’s notion of conflict transformation will be emphasized.

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Title Peace and Conflict Projects
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 20-24 April 2020
Location Königswinter, Germany
Short

description

Every project affects local peace and conflict dynamics in its own way. Starting from a conflict analysis, this seminar focuses on the identification, understanding and implementation of conflict-sensitivity tools for project planning. Participants undergo an in-depth exploration of the methods of Do No Harm, Outcome Mapping and Reflecting on Peace Practice.

Through a combination of participatory dynamics and methodological input, the group will be able to bring in their own case studies and tackle challenges from their own professional experience. In order to make the learning processes as enriching as possible, the group will be divided into a basic and an advanced seminar.

Basic seminar:

The basic seminar introduces the three approaches mentioned above and illustrates the connection between them. Participants will learn the steps of each approach and be able to distinguish the differences and common ground among them.

  • Sensitive conflict analysis
  • Actor mapping
  • Project planning focused on behavioural change

Advanced seminar:

The advanced seminar will shortly introduce the three approaches to bring all participants on the same level. Later, the main focus will be placed on the differences and common ground of the three approaches, advantages of applying different approaches for addressing different needs and connecting them with the Theory of Change (ToC) approach.

  • Sensitive conflict analysis
  • ToC approach
  • Project planning cycle (including monitoring tools)
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Title Unpacking Radicalisation Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 23-24 April 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Today, the proximity of discourses on radicalization to terrorism and security-related policies poses various challenges for peacebuilding practice. In practice, radicalization is often equated with Islamist violent extremism, and met with security-centered counter-terrorism approaches and measures such as Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) or Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). This limits our understanding of radicalization processes, which may also be a form of societal and political protest that remains within the boundaries of democratic negotiation. Along these lines of reasoning, economic deprivation and political marginalization lead to strong emotions of resentment and frustration that may lead to radicalization with or without violence. This course looks into the concept of radicalization as well as other notions such as de-radicalization, extremist violence, PVE and CVE in relation to peacebuilding practice and discusses them through different case studies from the Global North and South.

In this course participants will:

  • Discuss the concept of radicalization and related terms such as de-radicalization and preventing or countering violent extremism.
  • Gain a better understanding of what these concepts imply for peacebuilding practice.
  • Learn about and share knowledge on different forms and processes of (de-) radicalization across different geographic contexts.
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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Title Constructive Third-party Intervention: Mediation, Negotiation and Dialogue
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 27 April – 1 May 2020
Location Königswinter, Germany
Short

description

This seminar will prepare participants as practitioners to be able to both engage in (practice) and develop and design negotiation, dialogue, and mediation programs and processes for addressing situations of conflict and violence. The programme will be tailored to meet participants’ needs, responding to your contexts and the conditions in which you are working.

It will provide a rigorous introduction into core knowledge, lessons learned and practice in the field as well as applied skills for doing mediation, negotiation and dialogue. It will also address a key gap in many such programmes, focusing not only on the ‘moment’ when stakeholders are in the room, but how it manage the process overall and deal with issues, challenges and opportunities which may develop. Case studies will be selected to address issues relevant to participants’ contexts and needs and latest lessons and developments in the field.

Issues such as inclusion in mediation and peace processes are also addressed, as are key topics from strengthening local, organisational and national capacity and infrastructure for peace (I4P) to implementation of agreements and peace consolidation after agreements.

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Title Constructive Third-party Intervention: Roles, relationships and responsibilities in peace work
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 27 April – 1 May 2020
Location Königswinter, Germany
Short

description

The aim of the seminar is to prepare participants for dynamic, complex and unpredictable situations in (post) conflict areas by developing their understanding of the roles, relationships and responsibilities relevant for peacebuilding. To achieve this the perspectives of the actors, stakeholders, groups and individuals working at different levels and the connections between them will be explored. Participants will reflect on what peace work means for them and examine the role of power. They will take a closer look at organizational structures and the challenges they present to relationship-building and cooperation within a team, with local partners and other intervenors as well as local authorities. Finally the group will delve into the issue of facilitation, including trust-building and cultural influences.

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May 2020

Title Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation: Dance and movement in peacebuilding
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 4-8 May 2020
Location Königswinter, Germany
Short

description

This course explores creative methods for conflict transformation, with emphasis on embodiment and movement, combining theory and practice in a participatory dynamic. Participants will be introduced to different methods, incorporated in a carefully structured framework. The idea is to work hands-on and learn by doing, by observing one’s own transformation processes, sharing their personal and collective experiences and dialoguing with theories and authors of the field.

Different techniques are explored, including movement, theatre, music, and contemplative practices. Exploration of the dynamics of embodying and languaging (voicing and communicating transformation) are explored through painting, journaling and embodied writing. The course aims at providing a space where conflict workers can engage in transforming their own conflicts and tap into their own creativity, confidence, differences, commonalities, and power. Using these experiences as a learning resource, participants will further transfer this knowledge to understand the place and impact of creative approaches in the field of peacebuilding.

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Title Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation: Qualities and skills of facilitation
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 4-8 May 2020
Location Königswinter, Germany
Short

description

This course introduces different embodied and creative means of conflict transformation and, through their practice, trains participants in relational skills, qualities and competences as future facilitators.

Throughout the course, participants get to understand and train peace and conflict work as a comprehensive and relational practice that addresses not just the rational intellect, but potentially includes all parts of the human being. We will work with a range of different creative approaches. Emphasis will be placed on embodied practices of movement (theatre, dance) and dynamic breath as well as creative means of expression and reflection (journaling, painting, contemplation).

Working with group-dynamics and self-exploration participants directly experience the methods themselves and learn how to work with each other in the safe frame of a training setting. This will allow participants to identify their strengths and unfold their potential as current and future facilitators of learning processes.

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Title Preventing Violent Conflicts Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 06-08 May 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Despite increased international pressure and action to prevent violent conflicts and mass atrocities after the shocks of Rwanda and Srebrenica in the 1990s, the number of armed conflicts has increased in recent years. Whilst the wars in Syria, South Sudan or Ukraine differ with respect to the actors, driving factors and dynamics, they all raise the question of how violence and its escalation could have been prevented. The renewed attention to conflict prevention thus comes as no surprise, not only to prevent human suffering but also in light of cost-benefit-calculations: investing in prevention is more sensible than post-conflict reconstruction. This course provides insights into the concept of conflict prevention and explores how it relates to issues such as the prevention of violent extremism and mass atrocities. Based on lessons learnt and best practices, it examines practical tools such as early warning and early response as well as methods for applying conflict prevention in your work context.

In this course participants will:

  • understand the concept and principles of conflict prevention.
  • explore the potential and practical application of conflict prevention methods and mechanisms such as early warning and early response in different contexts.
  • draw lessons from other contexts and disciplines for your work.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practitioners.
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Title Gender in Peace and Conflict
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 12 May – 30 June
Location Online
Short

description

This seminar aims at providing students with an overview of perspectives on the role of gender in peace and conflict. It will investigate intersectional identities, exploring vulnerability and power in the intersections of difference and belonging. For professionals in the field, it means the opportunity to gain theoretical background for working with the concepts of gender and its cognates creatively and critically in their personal and professional lives, allowing identification of new courses of action in their own context.

Seminar content

  • Key terms and main perspectives within gender studies
  • Criticism and dialogue among those perspectives
  • Influence of gender studies in peace, conflict and violence
  • Discussion, analysis, and reflection of gender in peace and conflict
  • Strong theoretical background and critical thinking

Workload

  • Participation in the weekly online sessions, each Tuesday, 15h00 -16h30 CEST, for 90 mins, May 19 to June 30. The participation in a minimum of 4 out of 7 online sessions is obligatory.
  • Technical check on Tuesday, May 12, 15h00 – 16h30 CEST
  • Watching of pre-recorded lecture (in your own time)
  • Reading designated texts and videos (around 30 pages per week)
  • Response (half-page maximum) to the theme designated each week in the forum discussions
  • Writing 2 papers in week 3 and week 6 (2-3 pages each) consolidating reflections and applying learnings to a context of your choice
  • Working hours approximately 4h30 hours per week, + 3 hours in week 3 and 6
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June 2020

Title Conflict Sensitivity Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 10-12 June 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

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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Title Summer School: Ukraine- Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue
Organiser swisspeace
Date 22-26 June 2020
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding conflict dynamics in Ukraine? What are the opportunities for conflict settlement in Ukraine through dialogue at the local, national and international levels? What obstacles do these efforts face?

The 2020 swisspeace summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, dialogue and peacebuilding and critically reflects on their relevance for the Ukraine context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the situation in Ukraine and reflect on opportunities and pitfalls for dialogue and conflict settlement in the current context.

What are the main developments in Ukraine since 2014? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict domestically and internationally? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed? What is the status of the settlement process and what role do international actors play? Participants will discuss these questions with inputs from a faculty made up of senior practitioners and scholars. Participants also have the opportunity to work on specific topics relevant to the Ukraine context in the areas of dialogue, peacebuilding, mediation and state-building.

In this course you will:

  • understand the conflict in and around Ukraine and the current status of the settlement process.
  • analyze key actors, drivers and layers of conflict in the context of Ukraine.
  • assess opportunities and challenges for dialogue in Ukraine at the local, national and international level.
  • learn about key concepts from peace studies and how they apply to Ukraine.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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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

There are currently no upcoming training courses by non-EPLO organisations to advertise. Please check this page regularly for future opportunities.