Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice
Paulo Baleinakorodawa and Elsa “Uka” Pinto
August 30 to September 9, 2021 | Monday to Thursday
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Philippine Time [GMT+8]
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 is an intensive course that will run four times a week for two weeks.
Paulo Baleinakorodawa is a Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Transcend Oceania, a justpeace and development regional non-governmental organization based in Fiji in the South Pacific. Previously, Paulo served in many roles as a peacebuilding specialist in various peacebuilding and development organizations and institutions. Paulo has worked as an independent peacebuilding consultant across the Pacific, providing peace and conflict training, technical support, and mentoring as well as providing group process facilitation as a non-violent strategy. He has championed initiatives on engaging men and boys to transforming toxic notions of masculinity for gender equality and has also done extensive work in facilitating trainings in conflict transformation, trauma healing, and dialogue in Asia-Pacific and Canada. Paulo uses positive masculinity and dialogue as non-violent strategies to addressing conflicts and violence. He has extensive working experience with the government, the security sector, churches, and civil society in Bougainville, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and the Philippines. Paulo holds a MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA and is currently the only facilitator from the Pacific teaching at MPI since 2008.
Elsa “Uka” Pinto is a peacebuilder from Timor-Leste who has been engaged in the peacebuilding and conflict resolution fields since 2007. Uka has worked with a student and youth organization called the Peace Centre under the National University of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL). She has knowledge and skills in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the cooperative movement, and community development. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in delivering training, and facilitating discussions and peace dialogues among youth groups in Dili and other municipalities in Timor-Leste. She served in various non-governmental organizations and played the role of volunteer, staff, researcher, and consultant. She is also an active member of the Initiative of Change International (IofC) and an initiator of the Timor-Leste Women’s Peace Circle, a grassroots group that works with young women and students as part of trauma healing and reconciliation. Uka holds a MA in International Community Development from Victoria University in Australia and a Specialist Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from UNTL in Timor-Leste.