Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

July

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

Title Peacemaking in Colombia: Strategic Choices, Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead
Organiser Institute for Integrated Transitions
Date 10-11 July 2017
Location Barcelona, Spain
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Background

In the negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group, the country served as a laboratory for almost every issue of modern peacemaking. The Colombian experts who acted as advisers and decision-makers in Havana, where the talks occurred, borrowed as well as innovated on each major challenge that arose: from process design, to land reform, disarmament, political participation, drugs policy, transitional justice, gender issues, implementation mechanisms, and much more. Anyone interested in knowing the state of the art of modern peace negotiations, along with the complexities of implementation, must know the Colombian case. It will be a crucial learning lab and global reference for years to come.

Course Objective

The ‘Peacemaking in Colombia’ course is designed to provide global policymakers, practitioners and scholars an in-depth, critical and behind-the-scenes perspective on how peace was negotiated in Colombia, how it is being implemented, what lessons it offers for peacemaking elsewhere, and which key challenges lie ahead.

Agenda and Speakers

The course will be led by a dozen of the principal Colombian advisers who worked for years on every issue in Havana, where the peace negotiations took place. Today, many of these are members of the multidisciplinary Brain Trust for the Colombian Transition, in addition to their other professional responsibilities. This course will be the first time that these remarkable experts unite to present, collectively, their unique experiences and insights about the lessons and challenges of peacemaking in Colombia, from 2010 to present. (The members of the Brain Trust will also be joined by 4-5 additional guest speakers, including high-level Colombian decision-makers and international guarantors.)

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 16 June 2017. Individuals who apply before 30 May will be eligible for a €100 discount.

August

Title Effective Advising in Peacebuilding Contexts Course 2017
Organiser International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT)
Date 28 August – 4 September 2017
Location Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland
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Countries that emerge from periods of violence or are undergoing complex and profound governance changes often need to rebuild or reform their public sector institutions and the governance relationship between state authorities and citizens. National and international experts/ advisers seek to support these public authorities and other actors, on policy formulation and implementation. Yet reviews of decades of technical assistance show that the experitise provided is not always producing the desired results.

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

Peacebuilding will not be taught during the course. Rather, it is the participants’ expertise, the case studies and exercises that will reflect the real-life challenges of peacebuilding work.

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(Deadline for application: 22 May 2017)

September

Title Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date September 2017 – August 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
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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 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)

October

Title Negotiating Peace and Justice: A Course on the Place of Transitional Justice in Peace Processes
Organiser International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) and International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)
Date 9-13 October 2017
Location Barcelona, Spain
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The course will focus on practical examples of recent or paradigmatic peace processes where the question of justice formed a significant part of the negotiating context. It will raise a series of questions on substance, process, participation and review how things worked out in practice.

The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in the basics of transitional justice and to understand the challenges, options and implications of different approaches to the justice question in peace processes.

The first day of the course will provide an introduction to the practice of transitional justice based on reading previously distributed. The majority of course will then be given over to discuss and analyse a number of different peace processes, current, recent and past, to look at how the issues have been addressed. Processes to be considered include Colombia, South Sudan, South Africa, Guatemala, Northern Ireland and Syria.

The program is targeted at mid-career and senior staff at multilateral agencies, governments, NGOs, foundations, and universities. Practitioners directly involved in countries dealing with peace processes are especially encouraged to apply.

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(Deadline for application: 25 August 2017)

November

Title Business, Conflict & Human Rights Course
Organiser swisspeace Academy
Date 23-25 November 2017
Location Basel, Switzerland
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)