Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

April

Title Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Religion & Konflikt
Organiser swisspeace
Date April – December 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

(N/B This course will be held in German)

Religiös motivierte Gewaltakte gehören in der medialen Berichterstattung zur Tagesordnung. Andererseits haben sich Religionen im Laufe der Geschichte als friedensfördernde Institutionen hervorgetan. Im CAS Religion & Konflikt reflektieren Sie diese Ambivalenz mit Expertinnen und Experten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis.

  • Erlernen Sie konkrete Methoden der Konfliktanalyse und behandeln die Frage, welche Rollen religiös motivierte Akteure in Konfliktgebieten spielen.
  • Eignen Sie sich vertiefte Kenntnisse über verschiedene Weltreligionen an und erhalten einen Überblick über verbreitete Religionskonzepte und -begriffe.
  • Bekommen Sie ein Verständnis dafür, wie Religionen als Diskurs, als Wertesystem oder als Tradition sowohl friedens- wie auch konfliktfördernd eingesetzt werden.
  • Untersuchen Sie Konflikte mit einer religiösen Dimension anhand von Fallstudien.
  • Lernen Sie wie die multireligiöse Schweiz mit Chancen und Herausforderungen rund ums Thema Religionen umgeht.
  • Werden Sie Teil eines Netzwerkes, das sich kritisch mit Fragen zu Religionen und Konflikt auseinandersetzt.
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(Deadline for applications: 31 March 2018)

May

Title Preventing Violent Conflicts Course
Organiser swisspeace
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)

Title Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Contexts (Advanced Certificate Training Programme (ACP))
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 14-16 May 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
Short

description

Making Mediation and Peace Processes Work is 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, to help them identify measures to strengthen and improve their 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.

All of the courses are preceded by a Pre-Training Needs Assessment to customise the programme to participants and their agency’s/organisation’s exact needs and context.

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(Deadline: 6 April 2018 for those who need to apply for a UK visa; 27 April 2018 for those who do not need a UK visa)

Title Religion: Peace & Conflict Potential
Organiser swisspeace
Date 18-19 May 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

How important are religions in conflicts? Reflect on the peacebuilding or conflict-promoting potential of religions. Get an overview of different religious concepts and acquire in-depth knowledge of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

The course will be held in German.

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(Deadline for application: 30 April 2018)

Title Strengthening Local and National Capacities for Peacebuilding, Prevention, and Effective Peace Processes (Advanced Certificate Training Programme (ACP))
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 17-19 May 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
Short

description

Strengthening Local and National Capacities for Peacebuilding, Prevention, and Effective Peace Processes is the most in-depth and comprehensive of its kind internationally on strengthening local and national capacities for peacebuilding, prevention and effective peace processes. While many agencies speaking about ‘building capacity’ and ‘supporting local and national partners’, this programme explores practically what is involved in supporting effective local and national capacities, examples and models of how this has been done, good practices, challenges, and how they can be addressed. It will be useful for NGOs, Governments, and national and international agencies, organisations and missions seeking to enhance real, sustainable capabilities both at community and national levels.

All of the courses are preceded by a Pre-Training Needs Assessment to customise the programme to participants and their agency’s/organisation’s exact needs and context.

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(Deadline: 6 April 2018 for those who need to apply for a UK visa; 27 April 2018 for those who do not need a UK visa)

June

Title Conflict Sensitivity Training
Organiser swisspeace
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
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)

August

Title Effective Advising in Peacebuilding Contexts (Global)
Organiser International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT) – Interpeace
Date 20-28 August 2018
Location Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland
Short

description

National and international experts/advisers are often mandated to provide assistance and guidance on policy formulation and implementation in countries emerging from dynamics of violence and polarization.

This course seeks to better equip advisers by honing essential analytical, advisory and interactional skills. It offers frameworks and guidance on how to understand and navigate the broader institutional environment, and change processes they find themselves in. It also creates a space for exchange and learning on the practice of advising from resource people and between participants.

This course is relevant for you if you:
• Are an international or national expert, civilian or uniformed;

• Have a job wherein advising in any domain is a major focus;

• You provide advice to governmental or civil society entities, national or international;

• Are working with or for national public-sector entities;

• Already have experience, and are currently deployed or about to be redeployed/reassigned such role;

• Have a strong command of the English language.

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(Deadline for application: 14 May 2018)

September

Title CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Organiser swisspeace
Date September 2018 – August 2019
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Get insights in research and practice of civilian peacebuilding and broaden your skills to work in fragile contexts.

Topic

Civilian peacebuilding plays a crucial role in efforts to transform violent conflicts, 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 and statebuilding: the role of state and non-state actors
  • gender relations and gender analysis in conflict and peacebuilding
  • peacebuilding methodologies such as theories of change or conflict sensitivity
  • peace mediation and facilitating dialogue
  • dealing with the past and transitional justice: their role for peace, democracy and rule of law
  • business, conflict and peacebuilding

This annual course

  • provides insights into the concepts of civilian peacebuilding in policy and practice
  • offers a variety of training methodologies, such as expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, skills training and self-study
  • enables you to link theoretical and conceptual inputs with your work activities
  • brings together professionals working in all stages of peacebuilding and development,
  • policy-makers, practitioners and academics interested in enriching their own experiences
  • is facilitated by leading international scholars and experienced practitioners.

This 22-day certificate program can be completed in one or two years and can be taken as one module of the Diploma or Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

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(Deadline for application: 30 June 2018)

Title Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 10-14 September 2018
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 interactions of these actors shape 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 for 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
  • Reflect on perspectives of victims and perpetrators in contexts of transition
  • Learn about transformative approaches to dealing with the past
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(Deadline for application: 30 June 2018)

Title Effective Advising in Peacebuilding Contexts (Regional)
Organiser International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT) – Interpeace
Date 24-28 September 2018
Location Naivasha, Kenya
Short

description

National and international experts/advisers are often mandated to provide assistance and guidance on policy formulation and implementation in countries emerging from dynamics of violence and polarization.

This course seeks to better equip advisers by honing essential analytical, advisory and interactional skills. It offers frameworks and guidance on how to understand and navigate the broader institutional environment, and change processes they find themselves in. It also creates a space for exchange and learning on the practice of advising from resource people and between participants.

For the first time in five years, the 2018 edition of the course will focus specifically on African contexts. Hence, participants’ opportunity to rely and learn from each other will be enhanced through contextualized discussions and cases studies.

This course is relevant for you if you:

• Are an international or national expert, working in or on Africa, civilian or uniformed;

• Have a job wherein advising in any domain is a major focus;

• You provide advice to governmental or civil society entities, national or international;

• Are working with or for national public-sector entities;

• Already have experience, and are currently deployed or about to be redeployed/reassigned such role;

• Have a strong command of the English language.

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(Deadline for application: 14 May 2018)

October

Title Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date October 2018
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 July 2018)

November

Title Conflict Transformation & the Role of Religion
Organiser swisspeace
Date 9-10 November 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Religion continues to play a key role in conflicts such as the ones in Northern Ireland, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mali, or Myanmar. Participants of this course gain in-depth knowledge on methods and tools of conflict transformation with a special focus on conflicts with religious dimension as well as on the roles of different actors in these contexts.

Your Benefits:

  • Investigate conflicts with a religious dimension using case studies
  • Become part of a network that deals critically with questions about religions and conflict.

Participants:

Professionals and academics who are interested in religion as a factor in conflicts and would like to combine current research findings with practical experience.

Requirements: University degree (min. Bachelor) and two years of professional experience in a topic-relevant area.

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(Deadline for application: 30 September 2018)

Title Business, Conflict & Peacebuilding
Organiser swisspeace
Date 23-24 November 2018
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.

  • Become familiar with relevant regulations, and initiatives at national and international levels
  • Learn about best practices and improve your ability to practically implement and promote responsible business conduct
  • Develop a tailor-made action plan for one of your current projects to guide future implementation
  • Better understand the perspectives of other stakeholder groups
  • Enlarge your network of international practitioners and experts
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(Deadline for application: 30 September 2018)

Training Courses by Member Organisation

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Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

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 Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches
Organiser International Human Rights Network
Date 18-22 June 2018
Location National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
Short

description

The central objective of this annual training programme is to enhance the skills of participants in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform. It will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills regarding:

  • The legal principles and practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform
  • The inter-linkages between justice sector actors (law enforcement, judicial, corrections, etc)
  • The relationship between the justice sector and related sectors (‘security sector’), and concepts ‘rule of law’, ‘good governance’
  • Human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation
  • Programming tools (including Human Rights Based benchmarks and indicators)
  • Case studies from national contexts and international field missions (conflict and post-conflict)
  • Teamwork, advocacy and strategic partnerships
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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)