Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

February 2019

Title National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course
Organiser swisspeace and Berghof Foundation
Date 11-15 February 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

Today’s peace processes are highly complex, as currently seen in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. Peace mediation and national dialogue are widely recognized as two relevant avenues for the peaceful settlement of conflicts. Peace mediation processes are assisted negotiation processes, often with limited participation and a focus on questions of power-sharing. National dialogues, in contrast, aim to provide a space to discuss a broader range of issues relevant to the wider society, expand participation beyond political and military elites and rebuild relations among different actors. The two concepts are closely interlinked as national dialogues can be set up before, during or after peace mediation processes.

  • 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 2018

March 2019

Title Mediation & Peacemaking Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 1-2 March 2019
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 today’s world.

In this course you will:

  • familiarize yourself with the most important concepts, definitions and challenges relevant to negotiation and mediation
  • understand the main dimensions of mediation process design
  • practice negotiation and mediation skills
  • experience the dynamics of a mediation process in a real-life simulation
  • understand the Swiss approach of mediation and get a feel for what it is to be a Swiss mediator in the field
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice

This course is designed for:

  • professionals who would like to improve their mediation skills
  • practitioners and academics interested in complementing their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge

Candidates must have:

  • a university degree in a related discipline such as political science, law, economics or sociology
  • at least one year of professional experience
  • a good command of English

Unfortunately, we cannot provide scholarships for this course. Participants (or their employer) must be able to cover the tuition fee.

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Deadline for application: 14 January 2019

April 2019

Title Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 5-6 April 2019
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

description

War and conflict affect women, girls, men and boys in different ways, and yet a gender analysis is often absent from peacebuilding theories and processes. This course challenges participants to think critically about gender and its relevance to the development of lasting and sustainable peace.

This course examines the relationship between gender, violent conflict, and peacebuilding. Participants will consider how war and militarism are highly gendered phenomena that impact men and women differently, and relatedly, how peacebuilding processes account for gendered dynamics. Throughout the course, participants will consider questions such as: how do gender stereotypes influence the way that we think about war and peace? What is the relationship between masculinity, militarism, and violence? How has feminist peace activism contributed to peacebuilding and why should peacebuilding processes remain attuned to local women’s peace movements? What are the strengths and limitations of the design and implementation of the UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security? How does conflict open up potentially transformative spaces for gender relations, and how can peacebuilding processes foster rather than hinder the development of gender equality in post-conflict spaces? Ultimately, participants will gain an understanding of the gendered dimensions of violent conflict and peacebuilding as well as evaluate the respective policy frameworks that address these complexities.

In this course you will:

  • learn how to analyze the gendered dimensions of violent conflict and peacebuilding, including the various roles women and men play in war and peace
  • recognize the importance of applied research in gender studies and political science for policy-making and peacebuilding processes
  • meet other participants interested in/working towards women’s rights and gender equality
  • expand your understanding of peacebuilding processes to include new, gendered strategies for effecting sustainable peace
  • identify potential places for career growth in the urgent and timely field of gender and peacebuilding
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice

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

Candidates must have:

  • a university degree in a related discipline such as political science, law, economics or sociology
  • at least one year of professional experience
  • a good command of English

Unfortunately, we cannot provide scholarships for this course. Participants (or their employer) must be able to cover the tuition fee.

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Deadline for application: 31 January 2019

Title Making Mediation & Peace Process Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Contexts
Organiser Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 8-10 April 2019
Location London, UK
Short

description

About the Programme

Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Conflicts is a unique three-day Advanced Professional Training 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. 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. Technical Assistance is provided to ensure customized support for participating experts, representatives and organisations and agencies. In several cases, both / multiple mediation parties and mediators have taken part in the programme to assist them by providing a space to step out from their normal contexts and to go in depth, in a facilitated process, into improving their meditation and peacemaking skills, methods and approaches.

Participants will

  • Work with leading practitioners, government and conflict party leadership involved in mediation processes in complex environments from around the world.
  • Develop and Design Outcomes for Enabling Resolution and Transformation of Complex Conflicts
  • Enhance understanding, coordination and coherence in peacemaking in the field and between policy and practice. Addressing both top-level formal and informal negotiations, mediation and peace processes the program will also explore how processes can be made more effective by linking with other tracks and the work that can be done by civil society actors, donors, international agencies, national parliaments, analysts, media and other to support mediation processes and create an enabling environment for transition and resolution.
  • Advance knowledge on preparation, design, development, implementation and follow-through in mediation and peace processes
  • Address the links, gaps and opportunities in multi-track dialogue, mediation, peacemaking and peacebuilding
  • Develop practical measures for improving practice and addressing gaps in current mediation and peacemaking practice

Key Skills

  • Designing effective mediation, dialogue and peace processes
  • Technical Aspects of Mediation & Peace Processes
  • Dealing with crisis, challenge and difficulties
  • Reaching Agreements & From Agreements to Implementation
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For further information or to apply, please send an email to training@patrir.ro.

May 2019

Title Preventing Violent Conflicts Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 8-10 May 2019
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 you will:
  • understand the notion of conflict prevention
  • explore the potential and practical application of conflict prevention methods such as early warning and early response or conflict sensitivity in different contexts
  • draw lessons from other contexts and disciplines for your work
  • exchange experiences and become part of a worldwide community of practitioners

This course is designed for:

  • professionals working at all stages of peacebuilding and development
  • practitioners and academics interested in complementing their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge

Candidates must have:

  • a university degree in a related discipline such as political science, law, economics or sociology
  • at least one year of professional experience
  • a good command of English.

Unfortunately, swisspeace cannot provide scholarships for this course. Participants (or their employer) must be able to cover the tuition fee.

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Deadline for application: 15 March 2019

Title Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding and Development Programming
Organiser Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 20-24 May 2019
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Short

description

About the Programme

Designing for Impact is an intensive training programme designed for agencies, organisations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilisation and recovery who wish to to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainable impact of their programmes – including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, social, economic and political stabilisation, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in over 40 countries, Designing for Impact represents the most advanced training programme of its kind for policymakers, practitioners, government officials and donors internationally.

There is a gap between the scale of people’s efforts and investment, the huge number of programmes, activities and organisations in the field, and the impact this is all having on peacebuilding and sustainable post-war recovery and stabilisation. This programme has been designed to close that gap. It is practical and operational, designed for policy makers, donors and practitioners, and those dealing with the daily challenges of peacebuilding, development and recovery in areas affected by war and violence. Unlike almost every programme in the field today, it draws from across the entire breadth of operational experience, lessons learned and practical methodologies – doing so in a way that has been designed to enable agencies and organisations to go in-depth into their work and how they are doing it, coming out with better designs, better approaches, and with real effects.

Participants will

  • Draw upon best practices and lessons learned in peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programme development and implementation to improve the planning and implementation of their programmes
  • Work through all stages of programme development, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and follow-through using own cases and programmes
  • Develop effective, customised processes relevant for their organisations’ missions and the needs and contexts in which they are working
  • Improve applied conflict and situation analysis and conflict intelligence to support better design of peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programmes which can operate effectively and contribute to transforming the root causes and impacts of the conflict
  • Develop improved skills for designing relevant and appropriate programme and engagement strategies and activities, including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, social, economic and political stabilisation, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development
  • Improve relevance, appropriateness and coherence of your programmes with needs and contexts
  • Address key issues in peacebuilding and post-war recovery and how they impact programming and implementation, including: sustainability, ownership, challenges and collapse of peace and recovery processes, impact and effectiveness, gender, human rights, stabilisation and security, multi-track engagement
  • Better integrate appropriate and effective design, planning, development, and monitoring and evaluation tools into the work of your organisation/agency
  • Support local capacity development and strengthening community and national ownership
  • Design peacebuilding and conflict transformation interventions for specific communities and sectors: including conflict party leadership, national and cultural groups, youth, women, media, businesses
  • Develop tools to assist your organisation, institution or agency for short, medium, and long-term engagements

Key Skills

  • Strategic planning and foresight
  • Situation and conflict analysis, intelligence
  • Programme design, development and implementation, especially in peacebuilding and post-conflict contexts
  • Programme monitoring & evaluation
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Design & implementation for sustainable results and impact
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For further information or to apply, please send an email to training@patrir.ro.

Title Human Rights & Conflict Transformation Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 22-24 May 2019
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.

In this course you will:

  • become familiar with human rights and conflict transformation in terms of important concepts, focus areas, and strategies in the two fields;
  • understand the relevance of linking human rights and conflict transformation and identify ways in which you can do so practically in the context of your own work;
  • gain skills and confidence in incorporating elements from both perspectives in your analysis of conflict-related situations;
  • understand challenges and dilemmas relating to linking human rights and conflict transformation and explore strategies for addressing these;
  • critically reflect on your own frame of reference and professional identity and the implications thereof for your engagement with the complex interplay of human rights and conflict transformation:
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.

This course is designed for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian practitioners and academics interested in bridging concepts with practical knowledge, good practices and lessons learned from field-based linkages between human rights & conflict transformation.

Candidates must have:

  • a university degree in a related discipline such as political science, law, economics or sociology
  • at least one year of professional experience
  • a good command of English.

Unfortunately, swisspeace cannot provide scholarships for this course. Participants (or their employer) must be able to cover the tuition fee.

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Deadline for application: 31 March 2019

June 2019

Title Peace Mediation Course
Organiser swisspeace, ETH Zürich
Date 30 June – 12 July 2019
Location Gstaad, Switzerland
Short

description

The goal of the Peace Mediation Course is for participants to deepen their understanding of peace mediation and acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to support mediation processes effectively. Moreover, it aims to enhance the exchange and networking between participants.

The course focuses on peace mediation. A comprehensive approach to mediation is the basis of the course. Such an approach takes into account the different phases, relevant actors and topics of peace negotiations.

Key questions addressed in the Peace Mediation Course
include:

  • Micro-skills: How does one deal with the nuts and bolts of negotiating and mediating?
  • Process design: How does one design a peace process? Who participates in peace negotiations, and how should their diverse agendas be included? When is which third party best suited to play an effective role? How do you integrate topics in a mediation process?

Participants must have sound skills, knowledge and experience in peace mediation, or several years of field experience related to peace processes. Priority will be given to participants who are, or will be, working in support of peace processes. Excellent command of English is required to follow the course. Participants are expected to have a high degree of motivation and commitment, to stay for the entire duration of the course, and to read the background material carefully.

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Deadline for application: 14 February 2019

Training Courses by Member Organisation

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Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations