The MPI 2022 Annual Peacebuilding Training will consist of six courses classified into two categories: Foundation and Thematic. These courses will be taught by a distinguished roster of facilitators from Asia-Pacific and North America. Three Foundation Courses will be concurrently offered in Week 1 and three Thematic Courses in Week 2.
MPI 2022 ANNUAL PEACEBUILDING TRAINING
Emerging Realities: How Do We Respond as Peacebuilders?
October 10 – 21, 2022
Mergrande Ocean Resort
Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao City, Philippines
The Foundation Courses lay out the fundamental parameters, approaches and processes encompassed in the field of peacebuilding.
The Thematic Courses build on the foundation courses by delving into particular strategic areas and focused applications.
WEEK 1: October 10 – 14, 2022 | FOUNDATION COURSES
This course presents an introduction to the field of conflict transformation with a focus on the theoretical understandings of conflict and conflict transformation as well as the development and application of frameworks for this field. The COVID-19 pandemic of the past two years has created social divisions polarizing communities and revealed structural injustices. Consequently, the key areas of attention will be to build an understanding of the role of conflict in peacebuilding, to enhance the application of conflict transformation skills to the analysis of conflict, and to explore the challenges and practices of intervening in conflict dynamics. Special attention will be given to the analysis of root causes of conflicts working on skills of adaptation and resilience. Opportunities will be given to reflect on strategies for one’s home and work context. The course will be experiential in nature, allowing for conflict resolution skill practice and enhancement of conflict transformation understandings through discussion and group work. Teaching methodologies will encompass large and small group discussions, role plays, interactive exercises, and case analyses.
This course provides an overview of the peacebuilding field and introduces participants to the theories, practices, and basic skills needed to engage in peacebuilding work. As a foundation course, participants will interact with theories of peace, conflict, and violence and apply these to real-life situations and experiences in order to draw lessons useful for peacebuilders working in situations of conflict and violence. The course also introduces the complex challenges of contemporary peacebuilding and encourages the creative development of strategic peacebuilding approaches that seek to transform conflicts and violence in various contexts and cultural settings into positive social relations and structures.
This course takes the view that Environmental Peacebuilding should have at its core the concept of “caring for country,” meaning looking after nature, our habitat, and the habitat of other species with whom we share this planet. There are often conflicts over the extraction of natural resources (mining, logging, fishing, harvesting), water and land rights, and pollution of land, water, and air. To be responsible stewards, we must make every effort to look after our planet and biosphere for all human inhabitants, other species, and future generations. In examining links between peacebuilding and the environment, participants will gain an understanding of the way in which human and environmental issues are intertwined—caring for nature is caring for humanity. Understanding this is essential to effective environmental peacebuilding. Learning will be through discussion and workshops, involving interaction in large and small groups, role plays, active learning exercises, and analyses of case studies.
WEEK 2: October 17 - 21, 2022 | THEMATIC COURSES
Prerequisite: Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or an equivalent course or experience.
This course is designed for peacebuilding practitioners, media educators, information, communication and media officers of government, non-government and civil society organizations working in situations affected by conflict and violence. This five-day course is designed so that participants will gain a grounded understanding on the theories and practices of Conflict-Sensitive Journalism (CSJ) and the ways to integrate these principles into content creation and communications work, and become more confident and skilled in accompanying their respective organizations and institutions in integrating conflict-sensitive journalism in their work and practices. They will learn through a participatory process that will include small group, peer-to-peer learning exchanges, roundtable and plenary discussions, case investigations, short presentations, and simulation.
This course is designed to enhance the basic awareness of trauma and highlight the importance of a trauma-informed approach to deal with current challenges. Using interactive methods of elicitation, role plays, situational analysis, case studies and theater, the course will enable participants to gain a broad understanding of the concepts of trauma and enable participants to identify the causes and reactions to trauma; understand the dynamics of trauma and its impact; and use a set of tools and techniques to support those in need. This course will be beneficial for those who are actively working in the fields of development, peacebuilding, social work, human rights, and individual, institutional and community care.
This course introduces participants to the theory and practice of peace advocacy. Whether participants’ backgrounds are in social justice, environmental advocacy, natural resources, working with youth, community development, or any other peace-related field, this course will be applicable to those wishing to further build their advocacy skills. It will focus on some of the most important aspects of peace advocacy, including the theory of social and environmental justice, stakeholder negotiation, nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, and leadership. The course is designed to help individuals to identify and develop their own unique advocacy skillset, tailored towards their own existing or future professional field. By the final session, participants will have developed their own ‘peacebuilding toolkit.’