Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

January

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

description

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

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

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

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

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(Deadline for application: 30 November 2017)

February

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

description

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

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

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

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(Deadline for application: 30 November 2017)

March

Title Peace Mediation Training
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 2-3 March 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Mediators bring conflict parties to the negotiating table and support them in finding agreements. In the last decade the range of actors in mediation has broadened beyond diplomats and UN experts and frequently professional mediators are brought in. Participants gain insights into the challenges that mediators face when facilitating dialogue and searching for peace agreements.

  • Become familiar with the most important concepts, definitions and challenges relevant to negotiation and mediation;
  • Understand what the specific added values of a mediator are for the resolution of conflicts;
  • Practice some inter-personal negotiation techniques;
  • Experience the dynamics of a mediation process;
  • Get a feel of what it is like to be a mediator in the field.

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

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(Deadline for application: 31 December 2017)

Title Intensive Course on Transitional Justice and Peace Processes
Organiser International Center for Transitional Justice
Date 5-9 March 2018
Location New York, United States
Short

description

In the aftermath of large scale and systematic violations of human rights, transitional justice aims to restore confidence in the rule of law through approaches centered on the rights of victims and the prevention of future violations. It does so through the application of policies and measures that vary in form, sequence, and duration. Conventionally these measures include criminal prosecutions, commissions of inquiry and truth commissions, programs aimed at individual and collective reparation, and measures of constitutional, legal and institutional reform. The primary characteristic of transitional justice is that it seeks to achieve its goals in conditions where there exist significant political constraints.

The negotiating of peace to end conflict represents perhaps the most challenging context, where these constraints are at their most acute. Negotiations are increasingly seen as more than discussions between warring parties: they often include representatives of the people most directly affected by the conflict in particular – the victims – and of society more generally.

Peace processes aim to do much more than find a way to address the needs of victims looking for justice: they must put an end to conflict operations, address ongoing humanitarian crises, and propose viable solutions for the underlying causes of conflict. Yet the prospect of dealing with the egregious violations of human rights committed in conflicts frequently represents a profound challenge for progress.

Does the inclusion of justice measures in the negotiations or agreement require specific trade-offs? If so, what have they entailed in previous experiences? Were there particular contextual factors that influenced the inclusion or exclusion of justice issues, such as international law or the balance of political power among the different actors? Did the exclusion of justice issue (in general or specific issues) from negotiations or an agreement negatively or positively affect broader peace process? These are among the key questions that will be considered during the week-long course.

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(Deadline for application: 26 January 2018)

April

Title Gender in Conflict & Peacebuilding Training
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 13-14 April 2018
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.

  • Know the relevance of gender analysis for armed conflict and peacebuilding;
  • Be aware of the role of women’s agency and women’s rights for gender equality;
  • Participants understand the implication of gender stereotypes in war systems and militarism;
  • Participants acquire a critical understanding of gender-oriented responses to peacebuilding.

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

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(Deadline for application: 31 January 2018)

May

Title Preventing Violent Conflicts Course
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 2-4 May 2018
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, especially in light of a cost-benefit-perspective: 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 and methods for applying conflict prevention in your work context.

  • Understand the notion of conflict prevention
  • Learn about macro- and micro-level methods for conflict prevention along the conflict cycle and how to use them in your own context
  • Explore the potential of private sector risk assessment tools for the development and peacebuilding sectors
  • Draw lessons from other contexts and disciplines for your work

This course is designed for professionals working in all stages of peacebuilding and development including policy-makers, practitioners and academics interested in enriching their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge.

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

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(Deadline for application: 28 February 2018)

June

Title Conflict Sensitivity Training
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 6-8 June 2018
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. This includes a do-no-harm approach that identifies and mitigates the risks of exacerbating conflict, and recognizes opportunities to contribute to positive change. External interventions in volatile environments thus need to be sensitive to the context. 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. Working in potentially quickly changing contexts requires organizations and programs to be adaptive and flexible.

This training provides:

  • An understanding of the concept and aim of conflict sensitivity
  • Practical tools for applying conflict sensitivity in strategic and operational aspects of program management
  • Awareness of institutional and individual capacities for effective implementation of conflict sensitivity

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

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(Deadline for application: 31 March 2018)

Title Summer School: Colombia’s Path to Peace
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 25-29 June 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding the conflict dynamics in Colombia, and how can insights from Colombia 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 Colombian context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the Colombian context and reflect on scenarios for future developments.
What are the main developments in Colombia since the peace agreement in 2016? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict? 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 Colombian context including state formation, local governance, peace mediation and civil society.

The summer school is designed for practitioners with an academic background, PhD-students and recent graduates.

A university degree (minimum BA) or an equivalent educational background is required, professional experience is an asset.

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(Deadline for application: 30 April 2018)

Training Courses by Member Organisation

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Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

Title Women’s Leadership Programme
Organiser Leadership Associates
Date 4-9 March 2018
Location Vienna area, Austria
Short

description

Today’s leaders must be prepared to anticipate, analyse and address complex challenges involving multiple stakeholders as efficiently and effectively as possible. They need a special set of skills and capacities that will enable them to put effective leadership into practice. Navigating through the tensions and ambiguities that characterize today’s workplace requires an adaptive mindset and solid decision-making skills.

The goal of this cutting-edge leadership programme is to empower senior-level female leaders in their pursuit of adaptive and thoughtful leadership, career advancement and self-fulfillment. Critical skills in self-leadership will be developed to empower participants to confront difficulties and take decisions across a wide range of contexts and circumstances.

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(Deadline: 22 January 2018)

Title Specialisation Course on Election Observation
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 17-25 March 2018
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

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

Topics to be dealt with include different electoral systems, different institutional approaches to elections and election observation, voting and new technologies, elections and election observation in different societies, tasks of Short-Term Observers (STOs), Long-Term Observers (LTOs) and Election Supervisors.

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(Deadline: 1 December 2017)

Title Master Course on Conflict Transformation
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 15-24 June 2018
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.

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(Deadline: 23 March 2018)

Title Master Course on Psychosocial Work and Peacebuilding
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 29 September – 7 October 2018
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

Approaching and analysing a conflict, peacebuilders should take into consideration the complexity of the whole system and all parties involved rather than focusing on just one particular cause or a single event even if it was responsible for triggering the conflict. In the course, participants will learn methods and develop skills to find the right approach to a peace project and to be able to anticipate the possible effects of intervention.

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(Deadline: 27 July 2018)

Title Specialisation Course on Governance and Peacebuilding
Organiser Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Date 9-18 November 2018
Location Schlaining, Austria
Short

description

“Local governments are often the first to collapse when factions fight for territorial control. In post-conflict settings, the state is often unable to effectively reach parts of its territory for years. Given these challenges, it is no surprise that decentralization and local governance provisions are increasingly prominent in peace agreements and national post-conflict peacebuilding agendas.” (UN SSC)

The role of local and national NGOs, the transparency and legitimacy of the leaders, as well as the representation and participation of the citizens are increasingly important in these processes.

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(Deadline: 27 July 2018)