Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

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 Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in 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 Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice
Organiser International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC)
Date 1-5 October
Locatioßn Barcelona, Spain
Short

description

The notion of prevention is a major priority in the current global policy agenda. In 2016, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council issued twin resolutions on sustaining peace, emphasizing the need to prevent conflict rather than react to it. In 2018, the UN Secretary General released a report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, and the UN and World Bank published a major study on preventing violent conflict. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals included in Goal 16 on peaceful, just, and inclusive societies the targets of reducing all forms of violence, including violence and torture against children; reducing corruption; and developing effective, accountable, and transparent institutions.

Transitional justice challenges the causes and addresses the consequences of massive human rights violations by affirming the dignity of victims, fighting impunity for those responsible, promoting responsive institutions, and fostering social, political, institutional, and legal reforms to rebuild social trust and social cohesion. It is aimed at breaking cycles of abuse and laying the foundations for peace, justice, and inclusion. Given both the propensity for massive human rights violations to be committed during violent conflict, and the frequency with which violent conflicts recur, it is crucial for practitioners and policymakers to better understand the role that transitional justice can play in preventing such recurrence.

While guaranteeing the non-recurrence of rights violations is a long-established aim of transitional justice, preventing the recurrence of violent conflict more broadly by addressing past injustice is less understood and more contested. This course will examine how transitional justice can contribute to preventing the recurrence of violent conflict. It will ask a series of questions aimed at unpacking the concept of prevention and exploring its relationship to transitional justice:

  • How can transitional justice help to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations, violent conflict, violent extremism, genocide, gender-based violence, displacement, and corruption?
  • What are the specific pathways of change—such as removing actors, building/reforming institutions, repairing social relations, increasing trust, addressing root causes, facilitating durable solutions, changing norms—through which addressing the legacies of the past contributes to a more peaceful future?
  • What roles do different actors such as the state, civil society, donors, and international organizations play in using justice processes to avoid the return of violence and abuse?
  • How do contextual conditions—institutional, political, economic, and cultural—limit or facilitate the effectiveness of transitional justice as an approach to prevention?
  • How should measures of accountability, redress, and reform be conceptualized and designed in the aftermath of armed conflict with an eye to averting further violence?

The course will look at practical examples of current, past, and paradigmatic transitional justice processes and their contribution to prevention. Country case studies to be discussed may include Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, and Latin American cases. The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in transitional justice efforts and insight into the challenges and opportunities of helping to avoid the recurrence of violent conflict.

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Deadline: 10 August

Title Local Governance & Sub-National Peacebuilding, Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 15-18 October 2018
Locatioßn Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Short

description

Cities, towns and urban areas are often the worst affected by war. From civilian casualties to destruction of infrastructure, urban areas experience a massive cost of violence. They are increasingly a if not the principal site of battles and destruction in many armed conflicts. Until recently they have also been largely neglected by many peacebuilding programmes and peace processes – which often focus on national-level or rural, community-based processes. At the same time, the potential for sub-national mediation and peace processes bringing about agreement between conflict parties, armed forces/militias and key stakeholders within specific regions, states or sub-sections of a conflict is significant – and the track record of locally owned and driven efforts to stop fighting, prevent violence, and improve security and stability is impressive. IPDTC’s Local Governance & Sub-National Peacebuilding and Peace Processes programme addresses this. Drawing upon experiences in areas affected by armed conflict and armed violence world-wide, the programme builds upon several key components including: learning from what works; building capacities for city/urban and local community peacebuilding, social cohesion, inclusion and prevention programming; creating localized early warning and prevention systems; enabling effective coordination and cooperation; development of municipal and sub-national infrastructure for peace.

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Deadline: 10 September (if you need a Romanian Visa); 21 September (if you do not need a Romanian Visa)

Title Local Governance & Sub-National Peacebuilding, Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 22-25 October 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
Short

description

Cities, towns and urban areas are often the worst affected by war. From civilian casualties to destruction of infrastructure, urban areas experience a massive cost of violence. They are increasingly a if not the principal site of battles and destruction in many armed conflicts. Until recently they have also been largely neglected by many peacebuilding programmes and peace processes – which often focus on national-level or rural, community-based processes. At the same time, the potential for sub-national mediation and peace processes bringing about agreement between conflict parties, armed forces/militias and key stakeholders within specific regions, states or sub-sections of a conflict is significant – and the track record of locally owned and driven efforts to stop fighting, prevent violence, and improve security and stability is impressive. IPDTC’s Local Governance & Sub-National Peacebuilding and Peace Processes programme addresses this. Drawing upon experiences in areas affected by armed conflict and armed violence world-wide, the programme builds upon several key components including: learning from what works; building capacities for city/urban and local community peacebuilding, social cohesion, inclusion and prevention programming; creating localized early warning and prevention systems; enabling effective coordination and cooperation; development of municipal and sub-national infrastructure for peace.

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links

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Deadline: 10 September (if you need a UK Visa); 21 September (if you do not need a UK Visa)

Title Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 24-26 October 2018
Locatioßn 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 Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding and Development Programming
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 5-9 November 2018
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Short

description

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.

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Deadline: 19 October (for those who need a Romanian visa); 28 September (for those who do not need a Romanian Visa)

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

description

What is the significance of religion in conflicts around the world and how has it evolved? Apply for this course and find out.

Topic

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.

swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyses the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation.

This training can be taken as one of the module (1 ECTS) of the Certificate, Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding programs or the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Religion & Konflikt (in German) offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

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(Deadline for application: 30 September 2018)

Title Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Contexts
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 19-21 November 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
Short

description

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.
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Deadline: 10 September (for those who need a UK visa); 21 September (for those who do not need a UK Visa)

Title Designing and Implementing Effective Monitoring and Evaluation for Development, Peacebuilding & Humanitarian Operations
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 22-24 November 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
Short

description

Designing and Implementing Effective Monitoring and Evaluation for Development, Peacebuilding & Humanitarian Operations a three-day Executive Leadership Programme designed for senior practitioners, monitoring & evaluation units, field staff, and heads of agencies working in peacebuilding and peace support operations – including crisis management; violence prevention; mediation, peacemaking and peace processes during armed conflict; peacebuilding and development; post-war recovery and reconciliation; UN missions; and demobilization, disarmament and reintegration programmes. The programme has been designed to assist organisations, agencies and missions in the field to see how to develop appropriate monitoring & evaluation systems and processes customized for their exact needs and contexts. The programme focuses on improving practical and applied skills and tools for those working in the field. In 3 days participants work together with other leading practitioners and agencies from around the world, rigorously review and evaluate their own programmes and strengths and challenges of peacebuilding in their contexts, and are exposed to a range of rigorous and effective methodologies, tools and case studies which they can apply in their work. We select participants based upon their work and then take them through a customized methodology to assist them in improving the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their programmes. Participants – from governments, UN agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and local, national and international organizations – have reviewed IPDTC’s London line of Advanced Professional Trainings as amongst the best of their kind in the world.
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Deadline: 10 September (for those who need a UK visa); 21 September (for those who do not need a UK Visa)

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
Useful

links

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(Deadline for application: 30 September 2018)

December

Title Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Contexts
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 3-5 December 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
Short

description

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 indepth, in a facilitated process, into improving their meditation and peacemaking skills, methods and approaches.

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links

Click here for more information.
Title Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 3-7 December 2018
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Short

description

Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming is an intensive training programme designed for agencies, organisations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilisation and recovery who wish 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 postwar recovery, rehabilitation and development. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in over 40 countries, Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming represents the most advanced training programme of its kind for policymakers, practitioners, governments 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.
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links

Click here for more information and here to apply.
Title Designing and Implementing Effective Monitoring and Evaluation for Development, Peacebuilding & Humanitarian Operations
Organiser International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
Date 6-8 December 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
Short

description

Designing and Implementing Effective Monitoring & Evaluation for Development, Peacebuilding & Humanitarian Operations is a three-day Executive Leadership Programme designed for senior practitioners, monitoring & evaluation units, field staff, and heads of agencies working in peacebuilding and peace support operations – including crisis management; violence prevention; mediation, peacemaking and peace processes during armed conflict; peacebuilding and development; post-war recovery and reconciliation; UN missions; and demobilization, disarmament and reintegration programmes.

The programme has been designed to assist organisations, agencies and missions in the field to see how to develop appropriate monitoring & evaluation systems and processes customized for their exact needs and contexts. Drawing upon the state of the art of the field and best practices in Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, the programme will assist participants to:
• Understand how to develop and apply effective M&E systems;
• Develop appropriate indicators for missions and programmes;
• Track impact on conflict context and peacebuilding / stabilization objectives;
• Develop dynamic learning systems to improve quality and impact of missions and field operations

As part of the Executive Leadership Programme series, the programme is highly intense and effective, focusing on improving practical and applied skills and tools for those working in the field. In 3-days participants work together with other leading practitioners and agencies from around the world, rigorously review and evaluate their own programmes and strengths and challenges of peacebuilding in their contexts, and are exposed to a range of rigorous and effective methodologies, tools and case studies which they can apply in their work. Different to training programs and workshops, ELPs select participants based upon their work and then take them through a customized methodology to assist them in improving the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their programs. Participants – from governments, UN agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and local, national and international organizations – have reviewed IPDTC’s London line of Executive Leadership Programmes as amongst the best of their kind in the world.

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Training Courses by Member Organisation

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Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

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)