2020 Upcoming Online trainings:

1) Practitioners in Conflict; Refreshing skills & creating strategies for change Course-2nd to 6th November 2020

2) Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation course-30th November to 4th December 2020

3) Gendering Human Security, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation course-14th to 18th December 2020.

 

For more information, download the 2020 training calendar here

Take care and stay safe!!
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  1. Practitioners in Conflict; Refreshing skills & creating strategies for change Course’; 2nd to 6th November 2020

This bespoke training is a joint undertaking between Coalition For Peace in Africa (COPA) and Peace Direct (PD). It has been designed as a stimulating refresher for practitioners who are dealing regularly with the effects of conflict and violence. Among other things, the course will respond to the main challenges and questions faced by practitioners in the course of their everyday work. It will also explore building resilience especially during this time of COVID-19 and the different coping strategies including taking peacebuilding work online.

Target Groups

Practitioners working in the fields of Peacebuilding, Peace Keeping Operations, Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights and Post War Recovery in fragile contexts particularly in Africa.

Admission Criteria

  1. English speakers
  2. Practitioners from the specified target groups
  3. Africa based practitioners will be given priority as the training content will be nested in the African context

Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis based on the above criteria.

 What the Course will do

  1. It will provide participants with the opportunity to broaden and enrich their current methods of analysis
  2. It will provide an opportunity to understand conflict sensitivity more deeply.
  3. It will enhance participants Capacity to learn continuously from their work, and to effectively monitor and assess impact
  4. It will provide a range of ways of taking care of ourselves as practitioners, and increasing resilience
  5. It will help participants to be innovative in ways of carrying on with their work during this pandemic, where there is new normal of doing things e.g. online learning.

To achieve the above, the course will respond to the following questions:

  1. Conflict Analysis: How do we conduct real time conflict analysis so that the results are useful in informing programming?, How do we use some of the tools of analysis to determine where our programming strengths as organizations lies?, How can some of the tools of analysis legitimize our work at the community level and among our partners?
  2. Conflict Sensitivity programming; What are the various Conflict Sensitive approaches to programming?, which approaches work best for our programming? How do we design our programmes with a conflict sensitive lens?, What is the co-relation between the ‘Do No Harm’ Principle and other Conflict sensitive approaches? Are these Approaches relevant in expanding our programmes?
  3. Programming for results in Peacebuilding; Given the fragility of some of the operating contexts which makes it hard to get the desired results, the course will address such questions as; How do we design for results?, What is the emerging evidence that PB in fragile contexts has results? How do we determine impact in our PB projects?
  4. Resilience; Because of the kind of environment peacebuilders operate IN, many unknowingly suffer from burnout and emptiness. This session will address how individuals and teams can practice self- care and increase their emotional resilience to stressful situations especially during these times of COVID 19.

Some 2019 Alumni Comments

  1. The case studies that were shared were real and practical
  2. I have learned how to use the ABC and PIN triangles in real conflict situations and in programming
  3. I will translate into French some of the tools from the workbook and will share the same with my colleagues
  4. This is a good training, it has been an eye opener in many ways and I will  use the knowledge I have gained to support other organizations in my consultancy work

Learning Methodologies

This year, this training will be online. The online learning infrastructure will be accessible and easy to use by all participants. All those participating will be required to have Zoom. Each day will comprise 3 hours of LIVE learning (2 hours virtual facilitation and 1 hour group and individual tasks). Learning times will be from 0900 to 1200 hours in the morning and in the afternoon from 1400 to 1600 hours. As far as possible, the training will still make use of the full range of participatory adult learning models including inquiry, case study analysis, individual and online group tasks and reflections from participants’ experiences. Everything will be focused on finding practical pathways and responses to real problems through an inspiring and hopeful process. All those who will successfully complete the course will be issued with a virtual certificate via email.

Tuition and Fees

$ 400-This covers tuition, online certificate and online resource materials.

For more information, download the  training prospectus here

To apply for the course, download the training application form here

2. Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 30th November to 4th December 2020

Introduction

This training is ideal for practitioners who are engaged in the designing, facilitating and evaluation of training programmes/projects. The training is divided into two main parts with Part One focusing on building participants competencies in Understanding Conflict, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Strategies while Part Two is wholly dedicated to the enhancement of participants’ competencies as trainers.

At the end of the five days, participants will have gained up-to-date knowledge and skills in specific peacebuilding themes in addition to fundamental skills in conducting training in various contexts.

Objectives of the training

  1. To Deepen participants Understanding of Conflict, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Strategies
  2. To Enhance participants skills in designing, facilitating and evaluating trainings
  3. To enhance participants knowledge and skills of how to take their trainings online

Training Content

Part One

  1. Setting the Scene- Understanding Conflict
  2. Conflict Management Skills
  3. Peacebuilding Strategies

Part Two

  1. Fundamentals in Adult learning
  2. Exploring the role of a facilitator/training in dynamic contexts
  3. Designing a training curriculum including an online training
  4. Facilitation skills and techniques (including online training)
  5. Evaluating a training programme

Training/Learning Methodology and Approach

This year, this training will be online. The online learning infrastructure will be accessible and easy to use by all participants. As far as possible it will still make use of the full range of participatory adult learning models including individual tasks, group tasks, case studies and simulations amongst others. Participants will be required to fully contribute from their knowledge and reflections in peace, development, human rights, gender rights and humanitarian work, amongst other fields.

All those who will successfully complete the course will be issued with a virtual certificate via email.

2019 Alumni comments

  1. Consider taking this training to South Sudan at some point
  2. The new knowledge I got in this workshop will enable me to change the way I do trainings
  3. I will advocate the training to our partners who did not attend the course
  4. I will henceforth improve on the way I plan and facilitate my trainings

How to apply

Application forms can be obtained from www.copafrica.org or by writing to trainings@copafrica.org or copa@copafrica.org or copafricatrainings@gmail.com. All received applications will be acknowledged.

Tuition and Fees

$ 400-This covers tuition, online certificate and online resource materials.

 Payment methods

Payments can be done by cheque (for those based in Kenya) payable to the Coalition for Peace in Africa or by direct bank transfers-for those outside of Kenya (please ask for banking details).

For more information on the training, download the training prospectus here

To apply for the course, download the training application form here

3. Gendering Human Security, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 14th to 18th December 2020

The training is ideal for practitioners from within the NGOs sector, civil society, government agencies and other institutions supporting or learning peace issues, gender mainstreaming, Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 ( UNSCR 1325) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention in fragile environments.                                                                 

The Course Content

  1. Understanding violence against women: Violence is one way of dealing with conflicts (Galtung (1990, 1996) and is represented in three separate types distinguished as physical, structural or cultural. Among the issues to be looked at the training will be the escalation of violence against women in situations of violent conflicts and corresponding tragic developments in which women are targeted in all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
  2. Linking Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Human Security and Peacebuilding: Current international standards addressing GBV in conflict and post conflict areas draw upon a wide array of provisions contained in a variety of human rights instruments that safeguard women and girls. The course will help participants identify relevant provisions in selected CEDAW articles which they can advance towards the prevention of sexual violence against women in situations of conflict.
  3. Gendering Conflict transformation around UNSCRs:In reference to grassroots based cases studies benefiting indirectly and directly from the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008), the participants will look at what these resolutions are, their various provisions, relation to women in conflict areas, and how to incorporate them in ongoing peacebuilding and reconstruction work in their contexts.
  4. Human security paradigm and its relevance to women violence prevention: Human security paradigm perceives the ordinary citizen including women as a purpose and not as a means to security. The training will identify and emphasize the considerations for human security as integrated approach to conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
  5.  Gender Mainstreaming in peacebuilding: Women continue to be underrepresented in peacebuilding processes, yet research shows that where women get engaged, violence often declines and it becomes easier to build more sustainable peace. The session will explore the various strategies that programmes/organizations can put in place to ensure effective participation and contribution of women in the processes.

How to Apply
Filled in application forms should be sent to COPA through any of the emails, trainings@copafrica.org/copa@copafrica.org/copafricatrainings@gmail.com. All received applications will be acknowledged.

Tuition and Fees

$ 400-This covers tuition, online resource materials and an e-certificate.

2019 Selected Participants Comments

  1. I now have a different perspective of security; achieving high levels of human security is the key to conflict transformation
  2. I will always take into consideration the five principals of human security in all our programming
  3. I appreciate the organizational aspects of the course from the registration, the obtaining of visas, the airport pick-up and the reception at the Convent International hotel. It was all very well planned.
  4. I will now conduct a proper gender and conflict analysis from a human security perspective

For more information download the training prospectus here

To apply for the course, download the training application form here

 

 

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning in Peacebuilding Practice; 20th to 24th April 2020, 19th to 23rd October 2020, Nairobi, Kenya

This course aims at introducing participants to MERL from a peacebuilding perspective,  Enhance participants understanding of the various contextual tools of analysis applied in MERL, Expand participants’ knowledge of the different MERL tools used in the peacebuilding practice,  Build participants understanding of a project’s Theory of Change and  Enhance participants’ skills in developing a learning agenda for their projects.

2019 Selected Comments on the Course
  • The practical’s were key in deepening our understanding
  • I have a better understanding of how to develop a theory of change for our projects
  • Good combination between theory and practice and space for questions and discussions

For more information, download the training prospectus here

To apply for the course, download the training application form here