2021-4th Quarter Training

  1. Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course, Level 2; 20th to 24th September 2021-Online

The training targets practitioners working in the fields of Peacebuilding, Peace Keeping Operations, Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights and Post War Recovery in Africa. It is ideal for a) Practitioners interested in having a deeper understanding on the contemporary conflicts in the Horn, Eastern Africa and Great Lakes regions,  b) Practitioners who are implementing projects in volatile and complex environments,  c) Practitioners interested in designing and implementing peacebuilding projects in post conflict settings,  d) Practitioners who have some level of basic peacebuilding training.

 Training Objectives

  • Increase participants understanding of various contemporary conflicts in the Greater Horn, Eastern Africa and Great Lakes regions
  • Increase participants understanding of conflict and peacebuilding theories relevant to the contemporary contexts in the Horn, Great Lakes and Eastern Africa regions and how they inform programming
  • Enhance participants understanding of designing post conflict peacebuilding programmes
  • Increase participants awareness of workable peacebuilding strategies for post conflict settings

Expected Training results

At the end of the training, participants will:

  1. Have a deeper understanding of various real-time conflicts in Eastern Africa, the Horn and Great Lakes regions
  2. Be able to use different tools to analyze various real time conflicts
  3. Be able to articulate the different theories of conflict and peacebuilding that inform the fore-mentioned real time conflicts as well as their peacebuilding interventions
  4. Be able to design peacebuilding projects relevant to their contexts
  5. Be aware of strategies that can be replicated in their projects/programmes

Trainers/facilitators of the course will be peacebuilding practitioners with accumulated years of experience in designing and implementing peacebuilding programmes and also in designing and facilitating different levels of peacebuilding trainings in Africa and beyond.

The online learning infrastructure will be accessible and easy to use by all participants. Each day will comprise 5 hours of active learning.  The training will be practical, drawing examples from post conflict contexts in the Greater Horn, Eastern Africa and Great Lakes regions.   The training will make use of use of a wide 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. We encourage participants to read the resources that will be offered before and during the course and to keep a learning diary throughout the 5 days.

All those who successfully complete the course will be issued with a virtual certificate via email. Full attendance of the course is a requirement for the certificate of Completion.

The Course Content

  1. Contemporary conflicts in the Greater Horn, Eastern Africa and Great Lakes regions

This section is aimed at broadening participants understanding of various conflicts that have been experienced in different countries in the Greater Horn, Eastern Africa and Great Lakes regions. Participants will be introduced to different tools of analysis that will help them to better understand among other things the conflicts historical background, actors, root causes, disputed issues, entry levels for interventions among other things.

  1. Conflict and Peacebuilding Theories

This section will explore the various theories that explain conflict causes and inform peacebuilding interventions.  During the sessions participants will be given the opportunity to:

  • Identify theories that inform some of the real time conflicts in the Great Lakes, the Horn and Eastern Africa regions
  • Identify context specific peacebuilding interventions
  • Work in teams to practice new theories and concepts
  1. Post Conflict peacebuilding programming

This session will focus on the key components of post conflict peacebuilding programmes. Components to be explored will include but will not be limited to: political dialogue/reconciliation, security frameworks in post-conflict arrangement, including Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration (DDR), Institutional strengthening and support, women and youth participation in post conflict peacebuilding among others.

  1. Peacebuilding Strategies

This session will include case studies of successful post conflict peacebuilding interventions at the community and national levels. Participants will draw key lessons from each of the cases as well as extract strategies that are relevant to their implementation contexts.

Application documents:

For more information about the course download the training prospectus here

To apply to the course, kindly download the training application form here

Application process

Filled in application forms should be sent to COPA by email. All received applications will be acknowledged and if successful a corresponding letter of admission and other necessary documentations will be sent to the applicant. Please send your completed application to any of the following emails:

Payment Process

Training charges

US$ 450: The amount covers tuition, soft copy resource materials and an e-certificate of completion.   Payment can be done by bank transfer (kindly ask for banking details) or by cheques payable to coalition For Peace in Africa for Kenyan based organizations

Selected organizations in Africa whose staff members have attended some of COPA trainings;

  1. American Friends Service Committee-Kenya, Somalia & Zimbabwe
  2. Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)-Uganda
  3. GIZ/CPS-Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan,
  4. Network of Traditional & Religious Peacemakers organization-Somalia
  5. Saferworld-South Sudan and Somalia
  6. SOS Sahel-Sudan
  7. Tearfund-South Sudan, Sudan & Nigeria
  8. Trocaire-South Sudan
  9. Different Universities in Sudan-(Al-Fasher, Blue Nile, Daraj, Diling, Gadarif, Khartoum, Nyala and Red Sea)
  10. AGIAMONDO-Burundi and the Central Africa Republic
  11. UNICEF-Mali
  12. UNFPA-Burundi
  13. Ministry of Youth & Sports-Liberia
  14. United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur-UNAMID-Sudan
  15. UNDP-DRC, Libya, Mali, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania
  16. United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization mission in CAR
  17. United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO)
  18. United Nations Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS
  19. UN Women- Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania
  20. ZOA-Ethiopia, Liberia, South Sudan and Sudan

Selected organizations that have contracted COPA to conduct in-house trainings;

  1. Danish Demining Group-Somaliland
  2. Eastern Africa Standby Force Coordination Mechanism
  3. Intergovernmental Authority on Development-IGAD
  4. Oxfam-Kenya
  5. Social-Life & Agricultural Development Organization-Somalia
  6. UNFPA-Uganda
  7. UNDP-African Union Project/Peace & Security Project-Ethiopia
  8. Community Organization Practitioners Association-Kenya

Selected comments from some of the trainings participants

  • Each and every session was a learning point for me. I liked the discussions held and examples shared, these connected the theory to the practical-Participant from Liberia in the Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course
  • I will keep referring to the resources that were provided-A participant from South Sudan
  • I appreciated 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-A training participant from Somalia

 

2021-3rd Quarter Training Schedule

  1. Gendering Human Security, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 26th to 30th July 2021-Online

Introduction  

This training is ideal for women and men practitioners with experience in peacebuilding.  In particular, the course is designed for women and men who are:

  1. Interested in deepening their understanding of gender, human security, peacebuilding and violence prevention in post-conflict contexts;
  2. Keen to explore the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325, adopted in October 2000) and its implications to programs that focus on gender, reduction of gender-based violence, women, peace and security;
  3. Keen to explore the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW, adopted in 1979) and its implications to programs that focus on promoting gender equity, gender mainstreaming and women human rights; and
  4. Scholars and practitioners interested in how Human Security and Peacebuilding strategies can be enhanced through gender-sensitive approaches from design through implementation and evaluation of programs.

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 representing tragic development 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 case 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 with the participants 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, be it in conflict prevention, management or post conflict reconstruction, yet research shows that where women engage in the above, 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.

 Training methodology

Like other COPA training programs, this workshop is designed and delivered through adult learning methodologies. Participants will, therefore, engage in interactive and experiential learning that draws on the experiences and perspectives of both women and men in engaging with issues of gender, human security and peacebuilding.

The  training will be conducted online using Zoom with each day comprising 5 hours ( 3 hours of guided learning and 2 hours of group and individual reflections). The trainers will prepare mini-lectures on core content as discussion starters then build on other adult leaning methods like storytelling, group tasks, role plays and simulation and panels. Where necessary, we will also invite resource persons with expertise on some themes to share their knowledge and experience.

The learning space will be organised to provide a supportive and challenging environment so that by the end of the course, all participants will be able to propose ways they can embed or enhance gender sensitive programming and initiatives relevant to their own contexts.

How to Apply

More information about the training can be found onhttp://copafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/July-2021-GHSPBCT-Course-Training-prospectus.pdf

The training application form can be downloaded from http://copafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/July-2021-GHSPBCT-Course-application-form.docx

Filled in application forms should be sent to COPA by email. All received applications will be acknowledged and if successful a corresponding letter of admission and other necessary documentations will be sent to the applicant. Please send your completed application to any of the following emails:

Payment Process

Kindly note all payments should be made before the commencement of the training and can be done by either cheque payable to the Coalition for Peace in Africa (only for Kenyan organizations) or by direct bank transfers (for international participants) (please ask for banking details).

Selected Comments from past participants

  1. The discussions were brilliant and I learnt a lot from them
  2. I have a different perspective of security; achieving high levels of human security is the key to conflict transformation
  3. The trainers were knowledgeable and experienced
  4. I will now conduct a proper gender and conflict analysis from a human security perspective
  5. The most important learning for me was CEDAW and its linkages to cultural, social, economic and political rights.
  6. I now know that human security is the gateway to peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  7. The most important lesson I learned is knowing the critical roles of women in peacebuilding especially in the contemporary development agenda
  8. I enjoyed the diversity of the group and the participants from many different countries. It enriched my learning and kept me very attentive through- out the week

 

2021 -1st Quarter Training Schedule

  1. Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 8th to 12th March 2021 @ the Convent International Hotel, Convent Drive, off James Gichuru Road in Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya.

This training is ideal for practitioners working in the fields of Peacebuilding, Peace Keeping Operations, Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights and Post War Recovery in Africa.

Specifically it will address capacity needs of; a) Practitioners who design and implement peacebuilding programmes, b) Practitioners who would want to implement their peacebuilding programmes in ways that are conflict sensitive, c) Practitioners who would want to be conflict transformation multipliers, d) Practitioners whose organizations have intentions of mainstreaming peacebuilding in their initiatives.  The training case studies and discussions will be drawn from different conflict and peacebuilding contexts in Africa.

Areas of focus will be on:

  1. Understanding Conflict & Conflict Analysis
  2. Conflict & Peacebuilding Theories
  3. Conflict Management
  4. Conflict Sensitivity in Peacebuilding
  5. Peacebuilding Strategies

For more information about the course, download the Training Prospectus here

To apply for this course, download the Training Application form here

Selected organizations that supported participants to the course in 2019

  1. GIZ-Kenya, Ethiopia & South Sudan Programmes
  2. Finn Church Aid-South Sudan
  3. Rural Women Peace Link-Kenya
  4. Ministry of Youth & Sports-Government of Liberia
  5. United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA)
  6. Dorcas Aid-Ethiopia
  7. Social- Life & Agricultural Development Organization-SADO-Somalia
  8. Khartoum University-Sudan
  9. University of Gadarif-Sudan
  10. UN-Women-Tanzania
  11. UNICEF-Mali
  12. ZOA International-Liberia
  13. Justice & Peace Coordinator Caritas-Maral Diocese in Kenya
  14. UNDP Somalia& Sudan
  15. Refugee Consortium-Kenya

Selected Comments from 2019 Participants to this course

  1. I learned new terminologies in peacebuilding. I will apply the knowledge at my work place and in the communities we work with
  2. I will keep referring to the resources that were provided
  3. I will apply the knowledge and skills through workshops and trainings at community level
  4. I appreciate the many tools of analysis and I will contextualize them in my work
  5. I gained more knowledge than I had expected. It was a good experience, learning from different backgrounds.
  6. My greatest learning was the cultural and direct violence including the hidden roles women play in conflicts and the transformative actions that need to be undertaken in order to resolve.
  7. Each and every session was a learning point for me. I liked the discussions held and examples shared, these connected the theory to the practical

2. Gendering Human Security, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 15th to 19th March 2021 @ Convent International Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Participants to this course are expected to be from within the NGOs sector, civil society, government agencies and other institutions supporting or learning peace issues, gender mainstreaming, CEDAW, UNSCR 1325 and GBV prevention in fragile environments.

Specifically, it will address capacity needs of:

  1. Practitioners who are interested in getting a deeper understanding of gender and violence prevention in post-conflict transitions,
  2. Practitioners who would like to have a deeper understanding of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW) and a deeper analysis of how its promoting gender equity and women human rights;
  3. Practitioners who would like to explore Human Security as a strategy that can be used to achieve gender equity, reduce gender based violence and hasten conflict transformation and peacebuilding
  4. Practitioners who are keen to explore the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and how it relates to Women, Peace and Security.
  5. Practitioners with an interest on gender mainstreaming in their programmes including in the peacebuilding practice

Areas of focus will be:

  1. Understanding Violence Against Women
  2. Linking the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women(CEDAW), Human Security & Peacebuilding
  3. Gendering Conflict Transformation around United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs)
  4. Human Security Paradigm and its relevance to Women violence prevention
  5. Gender mainstreaming in peacebuilding

For more information about this course, download the training prospectus here

To apply for the course, download the Training Application form here

Selected organizations that supported participants to the course in 2019

  1. Saferworld-South Sudan& Somalia
  2. United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
  3. SOS Sahel –Sudan
  4. PAX-South Sudan
  5. UNDP Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan & Mali
  6. Presidential Amnesty office in Nigeria
  7. Oxfam South Sudan
  8. Congo Peace network-DRC
  9. International Development Research Centre- Kenya
  10. United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
  11. GIZ Kenya & Rwanda
  12. Ejo Youth-Rwanda
  13. Justice & Peace Commission- Catholic Diocese of Torit-South Sudan
  14. Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) -Uganda
  15. UN Women-Ethiopia

Selected 2019 Participants’ Comments about this course

  1. The discussions were brilliant and I learnt a lot from them
  2. I have a different perspective of security; achieving high levels of human security is the key to conflict transformation
  3. The trainers were knowledgeable and experienced
  4. 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.
  5. I will now conduct a proper gender and conflict analysis from a human security perspective
  6. The most important learning for me was CEDAW and its linkages to cultural, social, economic and political rights.
  7. I now know that human security is the gateway to peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  8. All those in peacebuilding should attend this training. I will recommend it to our staff and partners
  9. I have a deeper understanding on UNSCR 1325
  10. The most important lesson I learned is knowing the critical roles of women in peacebuilding especially in the contemporary development agenda
  11. I enjoyed the diversity of the group and the participants from many different countries. It enriched my learning and kept me very attentive through- out the week

3. Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 26th to 30th April 2021-Online

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 Analysis, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Strategies while Part Two is wholly dedicated to the enhancement of participants’ competencies as trainers.

Objectives of the training

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

 Training Content: Part One:

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

Training Content: Part Two:

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

For more information about this training, download the Training Prospectus here

To apply for this training, download the Training Application Form here

Selected organizations that supported participants to this course in 2020 (online)

  1. University of Khartoum-Sudan
  2. GIZ-Ethiopia & South Sudan
  3. AGIAMONDO-Burundi & Italy
  4. Action Medeor-Germany
  5. Peace & Development Centre-Ethiopia
  6. Red Sea University-Sudan
  7. Tearfund UK-South Sudan
  8. Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus
  9. UN-Women-Ethiopia
  10. United Nation-African Union Mission in Darfur-UNAMID-Sudan
  11. Diling University-Sudan
  12. University of Gadarif-Sudan

Some comments from the 2020 participants to the course on their key learnings;

  1. We should evaluate our training programme against SO WHAT QUESTIONS
  2. Our trainings should be clear on the change we want to see in the long term not just the short term
  3. As trainers, we should reflect on our actions often and frequently consult with our trainer colleagues
  4. To work effectively with trainings as instruments of change, we need to understand other’s narratives from their point of view.
  5. For a peacebuilding initiative to succeed, the stockholders need to be the ones to want and instigate the change in their behaviors
  6. We are just facilitators of change, the real experts are the people involved in the situation/conflict. Sometimes they might just lack the tools or can’t see the situation with a different lens. The task of the trainer is to facilitate this change in different ways, such as empowering them, providing new perspectives or creating opportunities of encounter and discussion.
  7. We should work towards the objective of conflict resolution and positive peace, not simply negative peace.

We take this opportunity to wish you a more  Productive, more Hopeful and a Safer Year.