The MPI 2017 Annual Peacebuilding Training consisted of 14 courses classified into three categories—Foundation, Thematic, and Field-Based. These courses were taught by a distinguished roster of facilitators from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America. Four Foundation Courses were held concurrently in Week 1, five Thematic Courses in Week 2, and five Thematic and Field-Based Courses were offered in Week 3. Participants opted to enroll for just one week, two weeks or all three weeks.

The Foundation Courses laid out the fundamental parameters, approaches and processes encompassed in the field of peacebuilding. The Thematic Courses built on the foundational material by delving into particular strategic areas and focused applications. The Field-Based Courses provided learning opportunities by engaging real world communities where peacebuilding practices and initiatives are being implemented, challenged and refined. Unfortunately, the field-based courses were interrupted in 2017 due to an outbreak of violence in the city of Marawi and the sunsequent declaration of martial law.

WEEK 1: May 8 – May 12, 2017 | FOUNDATION COURSES

From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions (FUA)
Joan McGregor (South Africa/United Kingdom) and Phyusin Ngwethaw (Myanmar)

Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB)
Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji) and Maria Ida L. Giguiento (Philippines)

Introduction to Conflict Transformation (ICT)
Wendy Kroeker (Canada) and Michael Frank A. Alar (Philippines)

Mainstreaming Peace Education in Communities and Schools (MaPEC)
Orson Sargado (Philippines) and Kathy Matsui (Japan)

WEEK 2: May 15 – May 19, 2017 | THEMATIC COURSES

Be the Change: Designing Transformative Justpeace through the Power of Nonviolence (ANV)
Jonathan Rudy (USA) and Krizanti Cruzado (Philippines)

Conflict Resolution Skills: Mediation and Dialogue (CRS)
Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji) and Wendy Kroeker (Canada)

Conflict Sensitive Economic Governance: Peace-Enabling Approaches in Complex and Fragile Contexts (CSEG)
Francisco Lara, Jr. (Philippines) and International Alert Team

Interreligious Peacebuilding: Approaches for Cooperation, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (IRPB)
Shamsia Ramadhan (Kenya), Jean Baptiste Talla (Cameroon) and Myla Leguro (Philippines) 

Understanding Culture and Identity as a Resource for Peacebuilding (UCIRP)
Joan McGregor (South Africa/United Kingdom) and Lerio Latumbo (Philippines)

WEEK 3: May 22 - May 26, 2017 | THEMATIC & FIELD-BASED COURSES

Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding (AACP)
Babu Ayindo (Kenya) and Kyoko Okumoto (Japan)

Bottom-Up Transformation: Experiences and Practices of Grassroots Peacebuilding in Mindanao (BT) (Classroom and Field-Based Course)
Dolores Corro (Philippines), James Baay (Philippines), and MPI Partners

Contextualized Approaches in Peace Education (CAPE) (Field-Based Course)
Jose Dax Evaristo P. Tibus (Philippines), Sr. Telma C. Argate (Philippines), and MPI Partners

Dealing with Trauma in Times of Conflict (DTTC)
Gladston Xavier (India) and Florina Xavier (India)

Human Centered Security: Reimagining Conflict Stakeholder Relationships (HCS)
Jonathan Rudy (USA) and Maria Ida L. Giguiento (Philippines)

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