This two-day, onsite training provides participants with an opportunity to engage in interactive and participatory activities that expose participants to an overview of peacebuilding tools and skills, such as conflict analysis, communication, and dialogue. Participants will apply these tools and skills to real-world examples, while engaging with peers from various organizations and locations around the world.

Regional facilitators training in Lebanon
Regional facilitators training in Lebanon. Photo by USIP.

Training Overview

During this two-day training, participants will engage in activities which allow them to try out different active listening skills, and identify and debate competing approaches of building peace in post-conflict societies. Participants will also be immersed in a simulation requiring them to navigate a number of challenges and tensions found in a conflict-affected community.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the two-day training, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize and explain linkages between elements of peace, conflict, and violence;
  2. Identify and describe the three types of violence and their characteristics;
  3. Apply one conflict analysis tool within a real-world scenario and analyze its strengths and weaknesses;
  4. Develop the purpose of a Theory of Change and how to formulate one;
  5. Provide real-world examples of the five active listening skills and discuss how each skill can be applied in practice;
  6. Explain the definition of a dialogue, its strengths, challenges, and the appropriate time to use dialogue; and
  7. Apply a conflict analysis framework to a scenario and produce a correct Theory of Change statement that uses at least three conflict resolution tools.

Expectations

Training Expectations

Throughout this training, participants should expect to engage in an innovative, collaborative and reflective experiential learning process that draws upon their knowledge of peacebuilding fundamentals and requires them to apply these to a real world scenario. This unique two-day training will provoke dialogue among participants about both peacebuilding challenges and opportunities, and requires participants to describe and advocate for their approach as they create their individual path to peacebuilding alongside fellow learners and with the support and mentorship of experienced peacebuilding practitioners.

Participant Expectations

Upon registering for this training, participants will have access to the online self-paced short course version of Introduction to Peacebuilding. Participants are expected to complete the course prior to training. Participants are also expected to come prepared to engage their peers and mentors.

Certificate Expectations

Level 3 Certificate

In order to receive a Level 3 Certificate for this training, participants are expected to:

  • Attend the two-day training;
  • Contribute to discussions throughout the two-day training, and
  • Complete a reflection on learning at the conclusion of the training.

Online Course

Introduction to Peacebuilding Short Course

It is suggested that participants complete the online self-paced Introduction to Peacebuilding course prior to the training. This course provides an overview of the peacebuilding field and introduces the skills needed to succeed in it. Guided through an exploration of USIP’s 30+ year experience engaging with local partners in conflict zones around the world, learners are exposed to a set of key theories, skills and approaches to building peace and to real-world examples that exemplify the complex challenges of peacebuilding.

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Who are these trainings designed for?

The Academy’s in-person trainings teach participants how to put their knowledge into action. These skills-based learning experiences have a strong emphasis on applied learning. Participants in these trainings are given ample time to process new material and apply it through experiential exercises, role plays and simulations. This learning model is best suited for individuals who:

  • Are looking to develop their peacebuilding skillset;  
  • Want to practice real-life situations in a controlled environment with advice from experts in the field; and 
  • Require time to fully understand complex concepts and strategies.

Agenda

Day 1

Module 1: Overview of Peacebuilding Tools and Skills

In this module, participants will collaborate in small groups to apply a framework on the types of violence to a real-world scenario.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Formulate a definition of peacebuilding in their own words;
  2. Distinguish between conflict and violence; and 
  3. Identify and describe the three types of violence and their characteristics.

Module 2: Conflict Analysis

In this module, participants will be introduced to the 5W conflict analysis framework as well as other frameworks and will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each. Participants will then view and analyze each tool to better understand and be able to choose the best conflict analysis framework for a particular situation.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast different conflict analysis frameworks; and
  2. Apply one conflict analysis tool within a real-world scenario and analyze its strengths and weaknesses.

Day 2

Module 3: Communication Skills and Dialogue

In this module, participants will review key components of active listening and dialogue. They will participate in a role-based active listening exercise based on a real-world scenario.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Provide real-world examples of the five active listening skills and discuss how each skill can be applied in practice;
  2. Explain the definition of a dialogue, its strengths, challenges, and the appropriate time to use dialogue; and
  3. Describe the purpose of a theory of change and how formulate one.

Module 4: Capstone Activity

Participants will work in teams to apply all of the learning from the two days through a Capstone activity involving a complex real-world conflict scenario. The participants will create a theory of change and outline a peacebuilding project incorporating each of the three conflict resolution skills discussed throughout the training, such a conflict analysis, active listening, dialogue.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a theory of change based on the analysis of a real-world conflict.

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