Dates: (21st to 25th May 2018)
The Conflict Analysis, Management and Mediation Course aims at building capacities of
practitioners working in conflict and post conflict settings in the continent so that they are better
placed to make interventions that will contribute to building of more sustainable peace in their
areas of operation.
This course will take participants through:
a) An overview of understanding Africa’s conflicts,
b) A dissection of various tools of analysis that can contribute to more informed and inclusive interventions,
c) A range of conflict management skills with key focus being on mediation
d) Peace building with main focus being on gender mainstreaming, Trauma awareness, healing and reconciliation
Understanding Conflict and Overview of Conflicts in Africa:
This session aims at levelling participants understanding of conflict and peace. Participants will go through different conflicts experienced in the continent of Africa and wherever possible there will be discussions on various strategies that have been used to halt violence and to build peace.
Conflict Management/Mediation Skills:
The session will take participants through various conflict management strategies but the key focus will be on understanding Mediation. The session will enable participants get a better understanding of the roles, skills and qualities of a mediator, understanding the mediation process including identifying and prioritizing issues, dealing with impasse, emotions and power dynamics and also moving towards resolution and closing. There will be simulation exercises using real life conflicts situations to enable the participants’ synthesis the learning.
The session will take participants through an understanding of what conflict analysis is and how its findings can inform intervention strategies, actors to work with and different entry levels. There will be analysis of real time conflicts experienced in participants’ contexts.
The session will take participants through the different peacebuilding strategies that they can use in their interventions depending on what level of society they are operating in. Focus will also be on how our interventions can institutionalize the way they engage women in initiatives. Given the post conflict nature of most Africa’s operating context, time will also be given to the issue of trauma awareness, healing and reconciliation as one of the strategies that can help the continent to break from the ongoing cycles of violence at different levels of society. Different strategies that can be used to enable communities move on after conflict situations will be discussed.