Peacebuilding, development and humanitarian interventions aim at contributing to a positive impact on the contexts within which they take place. External interventions in volatile environments thus need to be sensitive to the context. This includes the identification and mitigation of the risks of exacerbating conflict, and strengthening of opportunities to contribute to positive change.
Working in volatile and potentially quickly changing contexts requires organizations and their interventions to be adaptive and flexible. A conflict sensitive approach systematically takes into account both the positive and negative impacts of interventions on contexts and the impact of these contexts on the interventions.
In this course you will:
- acquire an understanding of the concept and aim of conflict sensitivity;
- learn about practical tools for conflict sensitive program management, and apply them to concrete practical cases;
- explore best practices and lessons learned with conflict sensitivity practitioners from different contexts;
- discuss cases from your own or other participants’ work;
- exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
This course is offered in an interactive virtual format. The course consists of preparatory readings, 6 half-days (Wednesday to Friday 2-4 and 9-11 March 2022, afternoons CET) of virtually facilitated course, and individual tasks in-between course days.
In-between course days, participants will work independently on readings, individual tasks, and reflect on conflict sensitivity in their own work context.
Leading international scholars and experienced practitioners from governments, civil society, and the private sector facilitate this course:
- Ursina Bentele, Program Officer, Analysis & Impact Program, swisspeace
- Nora Schmidlin, Program Officer, Analysis & Impact Program, swisspeace
- Leslye Rost Van Tonningen, Director, Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility South Sudan (CSRF) tbc
Additional Experts to be confirmed.
The course uses innovative teaching techniques to enhance the learning experience of our participants. These include:
- expert inputs from and exchange with experienced international scholars and practitioners
- exercises in which participants apply the acquired knowledge and skills and relate them to their own experiences
- peer exchange during which participants share best practices and develop strategies to face potential challenges in practice or research
- self-study, in which participants deepen their knowledge on specific methodological tools and approaches for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors working in conflict-affected and fragile contexts
For more information, visit our course website.
Apply by 30 November 2021 under this link.