Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course; 2nd to 6th March 2020, Nairobi, Kenya

from Coalition for Peace in Africa
Registration deadline: 28 Feb 2020 Training date: 02 Mar 2020 to 06 Mar 2020 More Information

The Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course is ideal for practitioners who would like to build their knowledge and skills on how to carry out their conflict transformation and peacebuilding initiatives in ways that are comprehensive, inclusive and conflict sensitive.

The course provides participants with an avenue to deeply explore the various terminologies that relate to conflict, violence and peace as well as an opportunity to gain skills that are relevant to handling of post violent conflict situations.

Within the 5 days, participants go through various tools of conflict analysis relevant to their contexts including explorations of how the tools can be used to determine the direction their organizations programming should take and identification of their niche areas of focus depending on their expertise and available

Further, there is focus on various peacebuilding and conflict transformation theories and an analysis of how this knowledge can be used to build on African knowledge and processes of conflict transformation.

The course makes use of participatory adult learning models including inquiry, analysis and reflection from participants’ knowledge. Participants engage in individual and group tasks, concept presentation, mini-lectures, case study analysis and videos

The Course Content

1. Understanding Conflict

This section is designed to help the participants gain a deeper understanding of the factors that cause conflict and violence with the aim of being able to identify appropriate strategies for intervening in different conflict situations. The different analytical models that will be applied include:

• Exploring the nature and dynamics of conflict

• Understanding different levels and types of conflict

• Analysing conflicts and causes

2. Peacebuilding theories and practice

This section will give an overview of peacebuilding theories, concepts and practice. During the sessions, participants will be given the opportunity to:

• Identify context specific peacebuilding interventions

• Work in teams to practice new theories and concepts

• Apply these ideas and skills to cases that relate to their experiences and contexts

3. Conflict Sensitivity in Peacebuilding

This section will look at the strategies and methods that help peacebuilding and multi-mandated interveners to examine and take into account the unintended impacts of their interventions on the context of conflict and crisis. The participants will explore:

• Understanding conflict sensitivity

• Application of conflict sensitivity in peacebuilding programs

• Conflict analysis

• Conflict sensitive approaches

4. Skills for conflict transformation and peacebuilding

In this section participants will discuss the essential skills and knowledge needed for conflict transformation in interpersonal and group settings. Some of the skills will include:

• Negotiation and mediation

• Working with stories to create change

• Forgiveness and reconciliation

5. Exploration of indigenous mechanisms in peacebuilding

This section will focus on the practices of indigenous mechanism in peacebuilding and discern its role in contemporary peacebuilding practice. Discussions will be on:

• Community mechanisms and peace processes

• Indigenous dispute resolution mechanisms

• Influence of indigenous mechanisms on external conflict interventions

Expected Training results

i. A clear understanding of peace, violence and conflict and their inter-relations

ii. Increased understanding of different conflict analysis tools and the inter-relations between a conflict context and intervention strategies

iii. A better understanding of peacebuilding theories including the ones applicable to participants projects interventions

iv. An improved awareness of the ‘Do No Harm Approach’ and how the operating context interacts with proposed interventions

v. Improved knowledge and skills of different conflict management strategies including negotiation and mediation

vi. Appreciation of indigenous conflict resolution strategies

Venue: Convent International Guest House, Convent Drive, Off James Gichuru Road, Nairobi, Kenya (15 kilometres from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and 10 kilometres from the City Centre). Important Information for International Participants**

  1. A Yellow Fever Certificate will be required

  2. Unless where otherwise advised by COPA, visas are issued upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at a cost of $50.

Selected comments on the course from 2019 participants

  • I gained more knowledge than I had expected. It was a good experience, learning from different backgrounds.

  • 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.

  • The training gave me knowledge and understanding of areas that I did not know before

  • 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

  • I will hold a mini briefing at the office because my colleagues have not gone through this kind of training. We need to brainstorm how to improve our work in peacebuilding. I will look at interventions from the communities angle and also focus on cultural violence

  • I learned that in negotiations, it is important to understand needs before taking positions

Selected 2019 Training partners

  1. Himilo Organization-Somalia

  2. United Nations Mission in South Sudan

  3. United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central Africa Republic-MINUSCA

  4. GIZ Civil Peace Service-Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia

  5. Envision Zimbabwe Women Trust

  6. Haki Yetu Organization-Kenya

  7. Dorcas Aid International-Ethiopia

  8. UNDP-South Sudan, Tanzania, Sudan and Mali

  9. ZOA International-Sudan, South Sudan and Liberia

  10. Social-Life & Agricultural Development Organization-Somalia

  11. Catholic Diocese of Torit-South Sudan

  12. Centre National d’Appui au Développement et à la Participation Populaire” (CENADEP)-DRC

  13. Finn Church Aid-Somalia and South Sudan

  14. Cordaid-South Sudan

  15. University of Khartoum

  16. UN Women-Ethiopia, Sudan and Tanzania

  17. Equal Opportunities Commission-Uganda

  18. War Child Canada-Uganda

  19. Saferworld-Somalia

  20. Ejo Youth-Rwanda

  21. SOS Sahel-Sudan & Somalia

  22. Interpeace-Somalia & Great Lakes Programmes

  23. Ministry of Youths and Sports-Liberia

  24. UNFPA Burundi

  25. Kituo Cha Sheria-Kenya

  26. Rural Women Peace Link-Kenya

  27. Awareness Against Human Trafficking-Kenya

  28. Refugee Consortium-Kenya

  29. Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle-Rwanda

  30. American Friends Service Committee-Somalia Programme

  31. Turning the Tide /Alternatives to Violence Programme-Kenya Trust

Fee information:
Course Fee: Option 1:** US$1300 (Covers full board accommodation, tuition, resource materials and certificate of participation) Option 2: $800 (for day scholars & covers day time meals at the training centre, tuition, resource materials and certificate of participation) Payment methods All payments should be done by either cheque (for those based in Kenya) payable to the Coalition for Peace in Africa or by direct bank transfers-for those outside of Kenya (please ask for banking details). Kindly note all payments should be made before the commencement of the training.
How to register:

How to Apply

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

Application forms can be downloaded from

The training prospectus is available here