Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

December 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 3-5 December 2018
Location London, United Kingdom
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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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Title Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming (Advanced Professional Training)
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
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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.

What you get from this course:

  • Draw upon best practices and lessons learned in peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programme development and implementation to improve planning and implementation.
  • Work through all stages of programme development, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and follow-through using own cases and programmes
  • Develop effective, customized processes relevant for your organisations’ missions and the needs and contexts in which you 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 root causes and impacts
  • Develop improved skills for designing relevant and appropriate programme and engagement strategies and activities, including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, socioeconomic and political stabilization, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development.
  • Address key issues including: sustainability, ownership, challenges and collapse of peace and recovery processes, impact and effectiveness, gender, human rights stabilization and security, multi-track engagement
  • Support local capacity development and strengthening community and national ownership
  • Design peacebuilding and conflict transformation intervention for specific communities and sectors: including conflict party leadership, national and cultural groups, youth, women, media, & business
  • Develop tools to assist your organization for short, medium and long-term engagements.
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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

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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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January 2019

Title Dealing with the Past Course
Organiser swisspeace
Date 25-26 January
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

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Finding a way to deal with a violent past in the aftermath of civil war, the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation, is argued by some to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and the rule of law. This includes the identification of past human rights violations, the prosecution of perpetrators on a national or international level, the rehabilitation of victims, the establishment of truth commissions, reparation programs, guarantees of non-recurrence and commemoration. Course participants will critically reflect on such processes and assess their effects on society as a whole and on victims and perpetrators in particular.

Your benefits:

  • Learn to understand different approaches to Dealing with the Past.
  • Become familiar with the most important notions, concepts and mechanisms relevant to transitional justice and Dealing with the Past (truth commissions, archives, reparation programs, guarantees on non-recurrence, etc.).
  • Learn how Dealing with the Past processes were designed in different contexts.
  • Learn to understand the types of complexities, tensions and politics inherent in Dealing with the Past processes and the design of mechanisms and interventions.

This course is designed for:

  • Practitioners and academics interested in complementing their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge.
  • Professionals engaged in Dealing with the Past processes.
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Deadline for application: 30 November 2018

Title Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Courses
Organiser swisspeace
Date 30 January – 1 February 2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

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Theories of change help aid workers and peacebuilders to make their programmes more effective, but they are rarely used to their full potential. Creating a detailed logic of intervention helps identify gaps in programming, highlight assumptions that need to be tested and provide a sound base for strategic choices that can increase impact. This training focuses on how ‘good’ theories of change can be created to support practitioners gain an in-depth understanding of the change their programs trigger.

  • 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 2018

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

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

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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

Training Courses by Member Organisation

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Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

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
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“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)