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.