Capacity Building/Peace Building & Conflict Transformation Programme

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COPA has actively engaged in capacity building trainings for peace, development, humanitarian and gender practitioners since 1998. These trainings have brought on board practitioners from Eastern Africa, The Horn, Great Lakes, West Africa and Southern Africa regions. The trainings content keeps changing to respond to emerging needs and challenges. The trainings include:

  • Peacebuilding & Conflict transformation Course:

    This training is an introduction to the fundamental skills, tools, theories and processes required for conflict transformation and peacebuilding practice. The course aims at providing participants with a clear understanding of the dynamics of conflict, violence and peace while enabling them to acquire a range of practical skills related to handling post violent conflict situations.  It is ideal for those wishing to work or are already working in post conflicts settings and/or wanting to include conflict sensitivity in their programming

    The course has the following content areas;

    1. Understanding Conflict
    2. Peacebuilding theories and practice
    3. Conflict Sensitivity in Peacebuilding
    4. Skills for conflict transformation and peacebuilding
    5. Exploration of indigenous mechanisms in peacebuilding

    In 2020, the training will be held from 2nd to 6th March and then again from 16th to 20th November in Nairobi, Kenya

    For more about the course, download the training prospectus here

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



  • Gendering Human Security, peacebuilding & conflict transformation Course:

    The 5-day training aims at developing an understanding of gender and violence prevention in post-conflict transitions and the integration of women in peacebuilding processes using International Instruments such as UNSCR 1325 & CEDAW. A lot of time is dedicated to the exploration of how Human Security can be used as a tool to promote gender equity in all spheres of life in post conflict settings.

    Specific areas of focus include;

    1. Understanding Violence Against Women
    2. Linking CEDAW, Human Security and Peacebuilding
    3. Gendering Conflict Transformation around UNSCRs
    4. Human Security Paradigm & its relevance to Women Violence Prevention
    5. Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding

    Selected comments from 2019 course participants

    • I have a different perspective of security; achieving high levels of human security is the key to conflict transformation
    • I will always take into consideration the five principals of human security in all our programming
    • I will now conduct a proper gender and conflict analysis from a human security perspective

    The training will be held from 15th to 19th June 2020, then again from 7th to 11th December 2020.

    For more information, download the 2020 training calendar here

  • Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course

    The 5-day training targets practitioners who would like to build their capacities in planning, designing, facilitating and evaluating Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation training programmes. It focuses on both content and instructional skills.

    The training of trainers is aimed at:

    1. Building capacities of participants to design training programmes
    2. Enhancing           participants           abilities       to       conduct       analysis       of           their  beneficiaries/organization’s operating contexts
    3. Building up    skills  of          participants  to     conduct        actual          training presentations/facilitation
    4. Enhancing participants capacities to evaluate their training programmes

        The training content includes; 

    1. Adult learning
    2. Understanding capacity needs of organizations and beneficiaries
    3. Exploring the roles of a facilitator/trainer
    4. Designing a training curriculum
    5. Facilitation skills and techniques
    6. Practical exercises on designing and facilitating trainings
    7. Evaluating a training programme

    The training will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 17th to 21st August 2020.

    For more information, download the 2020 training calendar here

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  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning in Peacebuilding Practice Course:

    This 5 day training aims at introducing participants to MERL from a peacebuilding perspective. Its areas of focus include;

    1. Introduction to MERL for Conflict Prevention & Peacebuilding
    2. Contextual analysis tools
    3. Developing effecting monitoring tools for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
    4. Developing a Theory of Change
    5. Evaluation and Developing a Learning Agenda.

    The training will be held twice in Nairobi, Kenya in the period 20th to 24th April 2020 and from 19th to 23rd October 2020.

    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 2020 training calendar here

  • Practitioners in Conflict: Refreshing Skills & Creating Strategies for Change Course,

    This 5-day training which premiered in 2019 is designed as a stimulating refresher for practitioners with some experience in the field who are dealing regularly with the effects of conflict and violence, and to respond to the main challenges and questions they face in the course of their everyday work.

    It targets practitioners in peacebuilding, peace keeping operations, humanitarian relief, human rights, post war recovery, human rights and climate adaptations in fragile contexts in Africa and beyond.

    Specific areas of focus include;

    1. Conflict Analysis
    2. Understanding Theories of Change
    3. Conflict Sensitive Programming
    4. Programming for Results in Peacebuilding
    5. Resilience

    Selected participants comments from the 2019 course

    • My most important learning was understanding theory of change and its applicability as a learning tool
    • I will try to apply some of the tools during mediation and even to manage internal conflicts in my organization
    • I have been reading the hand-out and I find it resourceful. I will use it as reference and for refreshing my learning
    • Really appreciated your teaching methods, you stretched us well

    In 2020, the training will be held from 28th September to 2nd October in Nairobi, Kenya. For more information, download the 2020 training calendar here




  • Interrupting the cycle of violence:

    This 5 day training is designed for practitioners working with communities that have experienced violence, intimidation and prolonged unrest.  It aims at identifying the possible emotional and social impact of violence and oppression on communities and individuals    and linking participants understanding of emotional distress and “trauma” to recurring cycles of violence.