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Training Program

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 2023 ANNUAL PEACEBUILDING TRAINING

MPI 2023 ANNUAL PEACEBUILDING TRAINING

Forging the Path Towards Peace: The Journey Continues
May 15 – June 2, 2023
Mergrande Ocean Resort
Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao City, Philippines

FOUNDATION COURSES

THEMATIC COURSES

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: May 15 – 19, 2023 | FOUNDATION COURSES

From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions (FUA)

Phyusin Ngwethaw (Asia) and Joan McGregor (South Africa)

From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions (FUA)
Phyusin Ngwethaw (Asia) and Joan McGregor (South Africa)

This course is designed for aid, development and peace practitioners working in situations affected by conflict and violence. It will explore the importance of designing interventions based on careful analysis of the context, taking into account the relationship between the conflict context and the intended intervention. It will provide an overview of current frameworks and approaches of context conflict analysis at different community and societal levels. It will explore the range of interventions that are needed to work towards sustainable peace. Participants will learn to apply practical tools for conflict analysis as a critical step in designing appropriate conflict sensitive initiatives.

Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB)

Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji) and Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral (Philippines)

Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB)
Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji) and Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral (Philippines)

This course introduces participants to the broad field of peacebuilding. It will provide a comprehensive overview of peacebuilding and its multi-disciplinary and multi-level aspects. It will focus on how peacebuilding can bring about transformation in interpersonal, communal and societal violent conflicts through theory, analysis and practice. The course will help participants explore the challenges and dilemmas of peacebuilding in contemporary, protracted and violent conflict and will have a special emphasis on the development of a strategic framework for peacebuilding, primarily from the perspective of non-governmental practitioners. Participants will interact with current theories, analyses and practices, with ample opportunity for developing analytic and peacebuilding skills through exercises, simulations, and case studies. Participants will be expected to work in teams on a collaborative application of the framework.

Introduction to Conflict Transformation (ICT)

Wendy Kroeker (Canada) and Michael Frank A. Alar (Philippines)

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

This course presents an introduction to the field of conflict transformation with a focus on the theoretical understanding of conflict and conflict transformation as well as the development and application of frameworks for this field. The COVID-19 pandemic 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.

Understanding Grassroots Environmental Peace (UGEP)

Vanessa Bible (Australia) and MM Padmakumar (India)

Understanding Grassroots Environmental Peace (UGEP)
Vanessa Bible (Australia)

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: May 22 - 26, 2023 | THEMATIC COURSES

Conflict Resolution Skills: Mediation and Dialogue (CRS)

Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji) and Wendy Kroeker (Canada)

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

Prerequisite: Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or an equivalent course or experience.

Strengthening relationships, improving understanding, and the building and rebuilding of interpersonal rela-tionships are key objectives toward restoring peace in contexts that are adversely affected by conflicts and social divisions or experience a history of violence and injustice. To achieve these objectives, parties in di-vided communities need to come together to engage in meaningful conversations that will lead to mutually beneficial and win-win solutions. This course will introduce participants to conflict resolution skills and approaches that are potentially capable of improving understanding and strengthening relationships of par-ties in divided communities. The course will explore the theory and practice of different conflict resolution methods with an emphasis on mediation and dialogue.

Dealing with Trauma in Times of Crisis (DTTC)

Gladston Xavier (India) and Florina Xavier (India)

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

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.

Introduction to Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning with a “Peace Positive Lens” (MEL)

Joan McGregor (South Africa) and Elsa Pinto (Timor-Leste)

Introduction to Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning with a “Peace Positive Lens” (MEL)
Joan McGregor (South Africa) and Elsa Pinto (Timor-Leste)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or an equivalent course or experience.

This course approaches monitoring and evaluation from a learning perspective and introduces theories of change, indicators, monitoring, evaluation, learning design, and tools for reflective practice. The course is designed to enable participants to practice evaluative thinking; design better humanitarian, development or peacebuilding projects; monitor, evaluate, and learn from those projects more regularly and effectively; prepare for project and program evaluation more effectively; and improve practice and accountability to all concerned parties. This course is ideal for those who are engaged or planning to be engaged in project management at some level.

Media Prosumers for Peace: Savvy Use of Communication Tools for a Better World (MPP)

MM Padmakumar (India) and Jonathan E. Rudy (USA)

Media Prosumers for Peace: Savvy Use of Communication Tools for a Better World (MPP)
MM Padmakumar (India) and Jonathan E. Rudy (USA)

So much of our individual and collective perception and participation in the world is shaped by social media. From TikTok to YouTube, Facebook to Twitter and Instagram to WhatsApp, we are no longer just ‘consumers’ of content from these electronic media but ‘prosumers,’ regularly generating live and offline content. With a proliferation of democratized information, how do we discern truth from fake news? How do we know that we are not being manipulated by what we are seeing, hearing, and believing? How do communities experiencing injustice shape their own narrative through the use of media?

Theory and Practice of Peace Advocacy (PA)

Vanessa Bible (Australia) and Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral (Philippines)

Theory and Practice of Peace Advocacy (PA)
Vanessa Bible (Australia) and Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral (Philippines)

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.’

WEEK 3: May 29 – June 2, 2023 | THEMATIC COURSES

Gender and Peacebuilding (GPB)

Myla Leguro (Philippines) and Carmen Lauzon-Gatmaytan (Philippines)

Gender and Peacebuilding (GPB)
Myla Leguro (Philippines) and Carmen Lauzon-Gatmaytan (Philippines)

This course highlights the importance of gender in advancing just and sustainable goals and approaches to peacebuilding. The course will cover basic gender concepts, gender-sensitive conflict analyses, and gender-responsive peacebuilding processes and approaches. Through mini-lectures, experience-based learning exercises, group discussions, and case studies, participants will be able to increase understanding on the role and implications of gender in conflict and violence, and enhance skills in developing peacebuilding approaches that advance gender equality, peace, and justice. Participants will outline plans that will facilitate concrete applications of gender-responsive peacebuilding in their respective contexts.

Interreligious Peacebuilding: Theories, Approaches, Practice, and Reflection (IRPB)

Tirmizy E. Abdullah (Philippines) and Elga Sarapung (Indonesia)

Interreligious Peacebuilding: Theories, Approaches, Practice, and Reflection (IRPB)
Tirmizy E. Abdullah (Philippines) and Elga Sarapung (Indonesia)

In recent years, religion has become more prominent in public life, defying the belief that it will fade away. However, it has played both a helpful and harmful role in many communities. Religious and political lead-ers frequently use religion and religious identities to further their own particular ethnic, national, or religious objectives and practice. This is happening in many communities today. The idea that religious identity is only a cause of strife has been influenced by this fact. However, even in conflicting communities, there are examples of interreligious peacebuilding that are being practiced.

Peace Education: Designing Pedagogies for Change (PE)

Maria Ida Giguiento (Philippines) and Jonathan E. Rudy (USA)

Peace Education: Designing Pedagogies for Change (PE)
Maria Ida Giguiento (Philippines) and Jonathan E. Rudy (USA)

Educating for peace is an essential task in moving a society towards a violence-free culture of peace. Where and how this education happens is a matter of strategic planning and priority when resources are limited.

Through classroom interaction and hands-on learning, participants will bring their existing wisdom to the task of thinking through the design, content, and facilitation aspects of peace education for different ages in their settings. This course will explore the main components of transformational education programming, including aspects of teaching, understanding how people learn, the actual content of peace education, and how to utilize structure for engaged learning. Participants will be designing and presenting their work to the group throughout the course.

Why Peace Needs the Arts: Exploring Creative Resources for Peacebuilding

Kyoko Okumoto (Japan) and Rosanna Quesada Palm (Philippines)

Why Peace Needs the Arts: Exploring Creative Resources for Peacebuilding (ECRP)
Kyoko Okumoto (Japan) and Rosanna Quesada Palm (Philippines)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or an equivalent course or experience.

In this course, the facilitators and participants will explore more deeply why we need the arts in peacebuilding, and together discover multiple kinds of creativity in ourselves and others. Through this process, the participants will come to understand that we are all indispensable resources for peacebuilding. Participants will practice multiple methods of arts-based peacebuilding and acquire hands-on skills and knowledge as well as basic theories. Utilizing an integrated theater-arts approach (music, visual arts, drama, movement and creative writing), the participants will enjoy a series of interactive and project-based learning, combined with reflection and theoretical discussion. By the end of this course, participants will have experienced multiple forms of creative processes and expression which they will be able to use as resources in building just and peaceful communities.