Today’s peace processes are highly complex, as currently seen in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. Peace mediation and national dialogues 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 (re)build relations among different actors. Nevertheless, the two concepts are closely interlinked as national dialogues can be set up before, during or after peace mediation processes.
This course is designed for professionals interested or engaged in national dialogues & peace mediation processes and practitioners and academics interested in complementing their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge. Leading international scholars as well as experienced practitioners facilitate this course.
In this course you will:
- get insights into how to define, design and support national dialogue processes
- receive hands-on training in dialogue and mediation skills
- reflect on lessons from past processes
- exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice
Apply by 30 November 2019
For more information, please visit the course website.