Strengthening Policy and Practice: Meeting the challenges of working in complex environments Course Nairobi, Kenya 22nd to 26th October, 2018

from Peace Direct, Coalition for Peace in Africa
Registration deadline: 08 Oct 2018 Training date: 22 Oct 2018 to 26 Oct 2018 More Information

This five day interactive training will bring together 16-20 practitioners and NGO leaders from across Africa to examine the links between policy and practice in fragile, conflict-affected contexts led by conflict transformation specialist, Dr. Simon Fisher.

The bespoke course is designed to draw on the experience and practice of professionals working in development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding and aims to strengthen internal policies and programmatic approaches to working in fragile and conflict affected countries.

Drawing on current best practice and emerging trends, participants will develop effective approaches to peacebuilding, development and post-conflict reconstruction. Participants will identify how they can balance their organizational mandate with the demands of working in complex and rapidly changing political emergencies.

After five days of collaboration, in-depth discussion and practical exercises, you will come away with a comprehensive set of approaches and tools you can use to analyze conflict contexts and apply practically to your work.

How the training course will benefit your work

Participants will:

  • Explore the relationship between organizational policy and practice in situations of instability, conflict or violence.

  • Deepen their understanding of peacebuilding from a conflict transformation perspective and apply their learning to their own work.

  • Learn how to apply appropriate conflict analysis to their own organizations and contexts.

  • Examine issues relating to aid and conflict in order to develop conflict sensitive policies for their organizations.

  • Consider the key policy and practice issues relating to the prevention of violent conflict and peacebuilding.

  • Strengthen their competence in proactively contributing to the development of appropriate policies and best practices when working in environments affected by conflict or violence.

About this course

The Strengthening Policy and Practice (SPP) course has been run by the UK-based organisation Responding to Conflict for over 20 years. In 2016 Responding to Conflict became the training arm of part of Peace Direct, a UK based organisation that works with local peacebuilding organizations across the world.

The Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA) has been running the SPP course with Responding to Conflict for over five years.

Since its inception it has proved to be an extremely popular course, teaching participants the latest tools and techniques for analyzing conflict contexts, while drawing on the skills and experience of the training participants.

Lead Facilitator/Trainer: Dr. Simon Fisher

Dr. Simon Fisher is a conflict transformation specialist with extensive global experience and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Dr. Fisher has comprehensive experience in education, development and conflict transformation in Africa, Europe and Asia.

He has worked with many kinds of organizations in over 40 countries in support of initiatives to prevent violence and build sustainable peace. In 1991 he founded and became the first director of Responding to Conflict, where he was responsible for a range of conflict transformation training and support programmes worldwide.

Suitable for

This course is for staff of international and national agencies and those with advisory and management responsibility for relief, development, and peacebuilding programmes.

It is particularly relevant for anyone engaged in the planning and implementation of field-based programmes in fragile and conflict affected contexts, or those responsible for developing policies for appropriate responses in complex, political emergencies.

Fee information:
Course fee Option 1: US $1600 (includes full board accommodation at the training centre from 21st October evening to 27th October @1000hours) tuition and resource materials). Option 2: US $1100 (for those wishing to make their own accommodation arrangements) the amount covers tuition, resource materials and daytime food and drinks during the training. The 2 options have provisions for airport pickup and drop off where applicable
How to register:

For queries or registration to the course please contact us as per the emails below:

Coalition for Peace in Africa
P.O Box 61753-00200 City Square,
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 020 3866686
Cell: + 254 703 429 667

Peace Direct
Studio 302, 203-213 Mare Street
London, E8 3QE
Tel: +44 203 422 5549