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Courses and Facilitators

The MPI 2024 Annual Peacebuilding Training will consist of 11 courses, four of which are Thematic Courses in Week 1 and six of which are Thematic, or more advanced courses, in Weeks 2 and 3. This year also sees the return of a Field-Based course in Week 3. Thirteen of MPI’s veteran facilitators from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, and North America will be joining this year’s training, teaming up with three new-to-MPI facilitators from the Philippines.

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MPI 2024 ANNUAL PEACEBUILDING TRAINING

Peace in Action: Empowering Peacebuilders in the Midst of Violence
May 13 – 31, 2024
Mergrande Ocean Resort
Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao City, Philippines

FOUNDATION COURSES

THEMATIC COURSES

FIELD-BASED 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.

The Field-Based Courses provide learning opportunities by engaging real-world communities where peacebuilding practices are being implemented, challenged, and refined.

WEEK 1: May 13 – 17, 2024 | FOUNDATION COURSES

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

Phyu Sin Ngwe Thaw (Asia) and Joan McGregor (South Africa)

From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions (FUA)
Phyu Sin Ngwe Thaw (Asia) and Joan McGregor (South Africa)

Unlock the keys to effective peacebuilding! This course is crafted for aid and peace practitioners working in conflict zones. Dive into strategic interventions grounded in meticulous context analysis. Explore cutting-edge frameworks and approaches for sustainable peace. Perfect for policy and program leaders in NGOs, community organizations, and government agencies focused on relief, development, or peacebuilding.

Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB)

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

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

Embark on a transformative journey with FPB! This course delves into the essentials of peacebuilding. Gain practical skills, address real-world challenges, and craft a strategic framework. Join interactive sessions and collaborate on a team project.

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)

Dive into Conflict Transformation with ICT. This course blends practical conflict resolution with insightful theory. Explore the role of conflict in peacebuilding, analyze root causes, and develop resilience skills. Tackle real-world challenges amplified by COVID-19 through interactive learning. Acquire strategies applicable to your daily life and work.

Introduction to Peace Education (IPE)

Maria Ida Giguiento (Philippines) and Yasmira Moner (Philippines)

Introduction to Peace Education (IPE)
Maria Ida Giguiento (Philippines) and Yasmira Moner (Philippines)

Unleash the power of peace education and transform your role in peacebuilding. Peace education is an essential task in moving a society towards a culture of peace. Where and how this education happens is a matter of strategic priority using their indigenous resources.

WEEK 2: May 20 - 24, 2024 | 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)

Learn how to improve relationships and understand others better in conflict situations. This course focuses on practical skills like mediation and dialogue. Join us for meaningful conversations and find solutions that benefit everyone.

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

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 equips you with a deep understanding of trauma and practical approaches to providing support during challenging times. Through engaging methods like role plays and case studies, you will gain insights into trauma causes, reactions, and impacts. Perfect for professionals in development, peacebuilding, social work, human rights, and community care.

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 focuses on vital gender concepts, conflict analysis, and responsive peacebuilding. Engage in dynamic sessions, enhance skills, and craft practical strategies for promoting gender equality, peace, and justice in your context.

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

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

Joan McGregor (South Africa)

This introductory course caters to practitioners seeking to deepen their understanding of essential Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) processes. It is specifically tailored for peacebuilding practitioners and professionals engaged in development and humanitarian aid work.

If you are familiar with the theory and practice of your work and aspire to elevate your expertise in the vital aspects of monitoring, evaluation, and continuous learning, this course offers a strategic and enriching opportunity to advance your professional capabilities.

WEEK 3: May 27 – 31, 2024 | THEMATIC and FIELD-BASED COURSES

Media, Communication, and Peacebuilding (MCPB) new course

MM Padmakumar (India) and Karlos Manlupig (Philippines)

Media, Communication, and Peacebuilding (MCPB) new course
MM Padmakumar (India) and Karlos Manlupig (Philippines)

Mass communication platforms like social media, newspapers, television, radio, etc. have the potential to ensure a healthy democracy or harm our interrelationships at the interpersonal or even international levels. Through input, class work, exercises, and content creation, participants in this course will explore media ethics to become media literacy advocates. Relying heavily on the experience participants bring to the course, the facilitators will be able to promote strategies to create an environment of peace.

Facilitation Skills: The Arts and Science of Effective Facilitation (FS) new course

Inke Johanssen (Germany) and Elnathan Brant Ermac (Philippines)

Facilitation Skills: The Arts and Science of Effective Facilitation (FS) new course
Inke Johanssen (Germany) and Elnathan Brant Ermac (Philippines)

This training will present facilitation methods in a practical and participatory way. The participants will be provided with theories and concepts on facilitation. More importantly, they will have the chance to learn by practice and by reflecting on their hands-on experience. Topics that will be covered in the training include: reflection on the role of being a trainer and facilitator; the design and roadmap of training; facilitation in an intercultural context; knowledge about participatory methods; peer coaching; practical tips; and application of tools and approaches learned.