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Strengthening Policy & Practice: Meeting the Challenges of Working in Complex Environments Course; Nairobi, Kenya;9th to 13th Oct 2017

October 9 @ 8:30 am - October 13 @ 4:30 pm

This five day interactive training will bring together 16-20 practitioners and NGO leaders from across Africa to examine the links between policy and practice in fragile, conflict-affected contexts led by conflict transformation specialist, Dr. Simon Fisher. It will be jointly run by Peace Direct and Coalition For Peace in Africa.

The bespoke course is designed to draw on the experience and practice of professionals working in development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding and aims to strengthen internal policies and programmatic approaches to working in fragile and conflict affected countries.

Drawing on current best practice and emerging trends, participants will develop effective approaches to peacebuilding, development and post-conflict reconstruction. Participants will identify how they can balance their organizational mandate with the demands of working in complex and rapidly changing political emergencies.

After five days of collaboration, in-depth discussion and practical exercises, participants will come away with a comprehensive set of approaches and tools they can use to analyze conflict contexts and apply practically to their work.

Participants will:

  • Explore the relationship between organizational policy and practice in situations of instability, conflict or violence.
  • Deepen their understanding of peacebuilding from a conflict transformation perspective and apply their learning to their own work.
  • Learn how to apply appropriate conflict analysis to their own organizations and contexts.
  • Examine issues relating to aid and conflict in order to develop conflict sensitive policies for their organizations.
  • Consider the key policy and practice issues relating to the prevention of violent conflict and peacebuilding.
  • Strengthen their competence in proactively contributing to the development of appropriate policies and best practices when working in environments affected by conflict or violence.

 About this course

The Strengthening Policy and Practice (SPP) course has been run by the UK-based organisation Responding to Conflict for over 20 years. In 2016 Responding to Conflict became the training arm of part of Peace Direct, a UK based organisation that works with local peacebuilding organizations across the world.

The Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA) has been running the SPP course with Responding to Conflict for almost five years.

Since its inception it has proved to be an extremely popular course, teaching participants the latest tools and techniques for analysing conflict contexts, while drawing on the skills and experience of the training participants.

 Lead Facilitator/Trainer: Dr. Simon Fisher

Dr. Simon Fisher is a conflict transformation specialist with extensive global experience and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Dr. Fisher has comprehensive experience in education, development and conflict transformation in Africa, Europe and Asia.

He has worked with many kinds of organizations in over 40 countries in support of initiatives to prevent violence and build sustainable peace. In 1991 he founded and became the first director of Responding to Conflict, where he was responsible for a range of conflict transformation training and support programmes worldwide.

Suitable for

This course is for staff of international and national agencies and those with advisory and management responsibility for relief, development, and peacebuilding programmes.

It is particularly relevant for anyone engaged in the planning and implementation of field-based programmes in fragile and conflict affected contexts, or those responsible for developing policies for appropriate responses in complex, political emergencies.

For more information

Download the training prospectus here

Download the training application form here



October 9 @ 8:30 am
October 13 @ 4:30 pm


Convent International Guest House
Convent Drive, Off James Gichuru Road, Lavington
Nairobi, Kenya
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