2022 Training Calendar

The following is the schedule of trainings that Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA) will conduct in 2022 for practitioners working in volatile and complex contexts in Africa and beyond.  Most of the trainings will have both the in person and Zoom for those who may opt to attend online.

  1. Peacebuilding  & Conflict Transformation Course: 28th March to 1st April/27th June to 1st July 2022
  2. Training on Healing the Healers: Towards Sustainable Community Based Peacebuilding & Development Work; 9th to 13th May  2022
  3. Gendering Human Security, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 1st to 5th August 2022
  4. Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 19th to 23rd September 2022
  5. Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning in Peacebuilding Practice; 17th to 21st October 2022
  6. Practitioners in Conflict: Refreshing Skills & Creating Strategies for Chane Course; 21st to 25th November 2022

For detailed information about each course, download the 2022 training calendar here

2022 -3rd Quarter Training

Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 27th June to 1st July 2022 -Nairobi, Kenya (also available online via Zoom)

This training targets those practitioners working in the fields of Peacebuilding, Peace Keeping Operations, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights and Post War Recovery in Africa.

It is also ideal for practitioners with basic trainings in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, those whose organizations have recently integrated peacebuilding in their on-going programmes; and those keen to implement their work in ways that are conflict sensitive.

The training case studies and discussions will be drawn from different conflict and peacebuilding contexts in Africa. It will be facilitated by seasoned practitioners with years of practical experiences drawn from different conflict contexts in Africa and high levels of academic qualifications in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

As far as possible, the course will make use of the full range of participatory adult learning models including inquiry, analysis and reflection from participants’ experiences. Participants will engage in individual and group tasks, and case studies analysis. Everything will be focused on finding practical pathways and responses to real problems through an inspiring and hopeful process.

Language of facilitation

English

Training Objectives

1)    Enhance participants understanding of Conflict, Violence and Peace

2)   Increase participants’ knowledge of conflict analysis tools

3)   Enhance participants’ awareness of theories of conflict and peacebuilding and how these inform their programming

4)   Enhance participants’ knowledge of conflict management strategies

5)   Increase participants’ knowledge of peacebuilding strategies

6)   Enhance participants’ knowledge of conflict sensitive programming

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

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

2022- 2nd Quarter Training

Training on Healing the Healer: Towards Sustainable Community Based Peacebuilding & Development Work, 9th to 13th May 2022, Nairobi-Kenya

This training is ideal for practitioners working in complex and fragile contexts in Africa, first responders including journalists, mental health practitioners, human rights defenders and the police and all those whose work is impacted by trauma.

The course is inspired by the believe that there’s crucial need for efforts towards breaking cycles of violence. Recent studies show that trauma amongst peacebuilders themselves considerably compromises efforts for reconciling and rebuilding societies after violent conflict (Davis, 2019).This finding is consistent with not only peacebuilders but first responders in general including; Journalists, mental health practitioners, human rights defenders and the police. Building long term sustainable peace therefore, must be sensitive to the presence of trauma in the communities in conflict as well as the trauma experienced by the very agents of peace.

Studies from various countries have shown that people exposed to traumatic experiences run a greater risk of poor life outcomes, including compromised physical health, risky behaviors like dropping out of school or substance abuse, poor economic self-sufficiency or poor parenting skills for the next generation (Lambourne, 2013). In short, individual and collective trauma is a driver of current violent conflicts including the structural violence that exist in organizations that ought to be transforming the conflict.

The course will explore how trauma undermines peace building and development work while collectively identifying the tools and skills that are culturally sensitive to commence the individual and collective healing journey within their communities.

The course will specifically focus on seeking answers to the following questions:

(a) How do we address the individual, collective and historical trauma in conflict zones?

(b) How does healing and unhealed trauma intersect with concepts of truth, justice, peace and forgiveness?

(c) How do we handle burnout in our lines of work, as first responders and agents of peace?

(d) In what ways can governments complement and support community-based healing processes?

(e) What practical ways are practitioners addressing their acquired trauma and unhealed trauma, to ensure sustainable peace in the conflict transformation process?

This course will explore, in a holistic way, the healing process of the agents of peace as well as post-conflict healing of communities. Beyond the healing of the affected, the participants will acquire tools and skills for practicing psychosocial wellbeing within their everyday work and communities they engage in.

Methodology

This training will be conducted in-person over a period of 5- days , totaling to 30 hours of contact. With a maximum of 12 participants, the training will make use of a wide range of participatory adult learning models including inquiry, case study analysis, individual and group tasks and reflections from participants’ experiences. All learning will be focused on finding practical pathways towards healing in one’s individual context.

The small number of learners will create space for each participant to (re)discover the power of their vulnerability as a pathway of rediscovering their inner healer so as to be more effective as community healer and peacebuilder.

Topics Overview

1) Day One: Leveling the ground

Objectives

  1. Participants to share their organizational experience and level of engagement in the community.
  2. Participants to identify the gaps in their interventions in the community.

2) Day Two: Approach to Conflict

Objectives

  1. Participants to define their approaches to conflict as an individual as well as their organizations’
  2. Participants to define burnout in their contexts, and develop an organizational intervention to address this.

3) Day Three: Needs and Interests, Understanding Cycles of Violence

Objective: The participants to discuss the needs of the victims in a given conflict, the interests of the perpetrators and finally explore practical ways to break free.

4) Day Four: Healing alongside development and peacebuilding

Objective: The participants to define healing and elaborate what that looks like in their various contexts.

Main focus for the day will be on individual healing and healing in our context:

5) Day five: Healing in the Bigger Picture

Objective: The participants to describe how healing looks like in the bigger picture aligning it with agenda 2063 of the African Union-AU.

Application process

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

To apply for the course, download the training application here

Send your completed application form to any of the following emails:

  1. copa@copafrica.org
  2. trainings@copafrica.org
  3. copafricatrainings@gmail.com

 Profiles of the Trainers

  1. Eugenia Mpande:

Eugenia is a psychosocial trauma professional, counselor and a mental health activist working in Zimbabwe. She has devoted much of her 20 years profession to extensive work with individuals (adults and children), families, community groups and members from civil society organizations who have lived both traumatic and trauma genic experiences. Over the years, she has developed trauma informed care programmes and materials for communities, volunteer facilitators and frontline workers

Eugenia is deeply committed to holistic, survivor-driven, and community owned trauma healing interventions that help to interrupt repetitive cycles of violence. She has specialist skills in transcultural mental health and highly experienced in communicating psychological concepts in a localized context for easy  practical use by communities.

She has highly developed writing and critical skills which have seen her contributing to an article in the American Journal of Peace Psychology “Community Intervention During Ongoing Political Violence: What Is Possible? What Works?” She holds a Master of Social Sciences degree in Child and Family Studies (Specializing in Psychotherapy) with Africa University.

  1. Winnie Orodi

Winnie is trauma informed psychologist and mental health practitioner in Kenya. In the last 5 years, Winnie has implemented trauma informed mental wellness practices in grassroots communities crippled by violent conflict. From this transformational involvement, she has garnered tools and skills for holistic healing informed by existing traditional practices in Africa. Her work has centered on gender, social justice and multicultural issues with a major focus on Trauma-Informed Practice.

She has facilitated for individuals and groups to understand how their environment, past and present, impacts their well-being and how they can find ways to break free from cycles of violence. She has worked in various settings including NGOs, and private practice and has held various roles including Mental Health Therapist, Community Advocate, Associate Counselor, and Advisor on Trauma-Informed Practice.

Winnie is an avid writer and has coauthored a psychosocial support manual for the National Police of Kenya, Muamko Mpya[1]-Healing the Uniform. The manual has been instrumental in providing police officers with tools for re-examining of traumatic events and support the development of trauma-informed skills to enhance mental wellbeing and resilience.

  1. Dr. Simon Fisher

Simon is a widely respected conflict transformation specialist and academic with extensive global experience. He is a facilitator, writer, educator and trainer who has worked in over 40 countries over the past 25 years. He has spent many years living and working in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia supporting action for change. His background is in education and development, as well as conflict transformation, with governmental and non-governmental organizations.

In 1991 he founded Responding to Conflict (RTC), an internationally renowned education and training organization based in Birmingham, UK, which continues to train policy makers, academics and practitioners from all over the world. Simon has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford and holds a PhD from Oxford Brookes University, where he currently lectures in the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP).  He also teaches at universities in Zimbabwe and Cambodia. His focus is always on helping people think about change within and without, both individual and organizational.

Payment Process

Charges: Option 1: US$800: (covers tuition, resource materials, certificate of participation, lunch and refreshments during the training days).

Charges:  Option 2: US$ 1300 (covers tuition, resource materials, lunch and refreshments and a certificate of participation. It also covers accommodation and dinner charges from 8th May in the evening to breakfast on 14th May 2022)

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 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 comments from some past 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
  • 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

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. Social-Life & Agricultural Development Organization-Somalia
  5. UNFPA-Uganda
  6. UNDP-African Union Project/Peace & Security Project-Ethiopia

1] New Beginning

2022-1st Quarter Trainings

Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Course; 28th March to 1st April 2022, Nairobi, Kenya/Also on Zoom

This course is ideal for: a) Practitioners with basic trainings in peacebuilding and conflict transformation b) Practitioners whose organizations have recently integrated peacebuilding in their on-going programmes; c) Those working in conflict areas and are keen to implement their work in ways that are conflict sensitive, d) Organizations that would want to mainstream peacebuilding in their activities. The training case studies and discussions will be drawn from different conflict and peacebuilding contexts in Africa. The training will be conducted by peacebuilding practitioners who have accumulated years of experience working in different conflict and peacebuilding contexts in Africa

As far as possible, the course will make use of the full range of participatory adult learning models including inquiry, analysis and reflection from participants’ experiences. Participants will engage in individual and group tasks, and case studies analysis. Everything will be focused on finding practical pathways and responses to real problems through an inspiring and hopeful process.

Language of facilitation-English

Expected Training results

  • A clear understanding of peace, violence and conflict
  • Increased awareness of theories that inform our peacebuilding interventions
  • Enhanced knowledge of conflict analysis tools and their usefulness in organizational programming
  • Increased awareness of mediation and negotiation as conflict management strategies
  • A better understanding of peacebuilding strategies for different contexts
  • An enhanced understanding of conflict sensitivity programming in conflict contexts

Training content

  1. Understanding Conflict
  2. Conflict Analysis
  3. Conflict & peacebeuilding theories and how they inform programming
  4. Conflict Management: Negotiation & Mediation
  5. Conflict sensitive programming
  6. Peacebuilding Strategies

Charges

Option 1 Charges: US$1300: The amount covers tuition, full board accommodation @ Convent International Hotel and a certificate of participation.

Option 2 Charges: US $800: The amount covers tuition, conference charges and certificate of participation.

Option 3 charges: US $450: This amount is for those who will opt to join the training via Zoom and the amount covers tuition and a certificate of participation

For more information on the course, download the training prospectus: http://copafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-March-April-PBCT-Course-Training-prospectus.pdf

To apply for this course, download the training application form: http://copafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/March-April-2022-PBCT-Course-application-form.docx

 

2021-4th Quarter Training

  1. Gendering Human Security, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 13th to 17th December 2021-Online

Introduction

This 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

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

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

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

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

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).

2. Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 13th to 17th December-Online

The 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.

Training Objectives

  • Increase participants knowledge of different contemporary conflicts in the Greater Horn, Eastern Africa and Great Lakes regions
  • Enhance participants knowledge of how different conflict and peacebuilding theories relate to their peacebuilding programmes
  • Enhance participants knowledge of designing post conflict peacebuilding programmes relevant to their contexts
  • Increase participants knowledge of various 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.