The Alliance for Peacebuilding posts information on upcoming workshops and trainings. A number of these are webinars, some of which are free.
While they may not offer courses directly related to peacebuilding, the Asian Development Bank Insitute (ADBI) does have free online courses with certificates in areas of general interest that might be helpful for grassroots peacebuilders. These include courses such as:
- Demographic Transition and its Impacts
- Energy Economics, Environment, and Policy
- Introduction to Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
Build Up is collaborating with Shift Power for Peace to offer a set of free introductory online courses to help one's adapt your work to digital spaces.
You will be able to engage with the courses in your own time by exploring animations, video lectures and webinars, and filling out worksheets to test your knowledge at a time that suits you.
DM&E for Peace holds a free webinar every Thursday. Their talks span a wide range of topics, though primarily focused on peacebuilding and monitoring and evaluation. All past talks are available for free on their website, and one can sign up for any future webinar to join it live (though the time might not be convenient for those outside the U.S.).
The Global Campaign for Peace Education maintains a list of upcoming events and opportunities submitted by other organizations. This includes online courses and webinars. One can scroll to the bottom of the page and select one of these categories.
According to their website: Global Peace Careers is a website dedicated to career-related information in the sectors humanitarian aid and action, international development, peace and conflict studies, negotiation, conflict resolution, diplomacy, and international law. This includes free online courses. So, one has to look around to find which courses are free.
KAICIID Dialogue Centre offers some free online courses. Some are self-paced and some are moderated. Most of the courses relate to interreligious dialogue, though they have other broader courses, such as Finance and Budget Management and Results-Based Management.
Peace Studies is a multidisciplinary field of study and practice in service of addressing some of the world's most pressing problems and finding strategies for building sustainable peace. The Kroc Cast is a podcast featuring peace studies conversations convened among faculty, staff, alumni, visiting fellows, and friends of the Kroc Institute, a global peace studies hub.
ReliefWeb is a humanitarian information service provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). They offer free online courses. Though geared toward humanitarian assistance, there are online courses that would benefit the Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors. When looking for possible courses, one may filter by a course being online and free by clicking on the “Add filter” option under “Refine your search with filters.”
Fairly well known, TED Talks (technology, entertainment, design) include a vast array of choices, including such areas as personal growth, collaboration and communication. They also offer podcasts, which means one can take their talks on the go.
The USIP Academy provides a wide range of education and training opportunities to fit the needs of any person working to resolve global conflict. Utilizing technology and expert human capital, our mission is to help the global peacebuilding community share knowledge, develop skills, and grow both professionally and personally, in order to better contribute toward building sustainable peace. Since 1997, the USIP Academy has helped more than 65,000 individuals build peace in their communities.
The Zehr Institute advocates for restorative justice as a social movement, and is also a convener of spaces where knowledge about restorative justice practices and programs can be shared among practitioners and learners, by facilitating conversations and cultivating connections through activities such as conferences, webinars, and both in-person and online courses. The online webinars are free. Past webinars are also available on their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOK2eV562POOIiSNDhq0RsQ).
Coursera is a more generalized site for online courses and webinars. They state:
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.
Class Central does not offer courses, itself, but “is a search engine and reviews site for free online courses popularly known as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.” You can browse courses by providers, universities, institutions, subjects, careers, and languages
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