Virtual Conflict Sensitivity Course
Short Course

Learn how to shape your program in a conflict-sensitive way

Peacebuilding, development and humanitarian interventions aim at contributing to a positive impact on the contexts within which they take place. External interventions in volatile environments thus need to be sensitive to the context. This includes the identification and mitigation of the risks of exacerbating conflict, and strengthening of opportunities to contribute to positive change.

Working in volatile and potentially quickly changing contexts requires organizations and their interventions to be adaptive and flexible. A conflict sensitive approach systematically takes into account both the positive and negative impacts of interventions on contexts and the impact of these contexts on the interventions.

For the first time, this course will be offered in an interactive virtual format. The course consists of preparatory readings, three virtual course days (Friday 12, 19 & 26 June), and individual tasks in between course days.

On course days, faculty and participants will exchange live via videoconferencing tools. The program will consist of a mixture of theoretical inputs, experienced practitioners sharing good practices and lessons learned, q&a and discussions, as well as coached group work on concrete, real-life practical cases. There will be ample opportunity to exchange with faculty and other participants, and to bring in own cases, challenges and questions. The program will also include virtual social activities that will allow participants to get to know each other and expand their professional network. The schedule on course days is approximately 9h00-12h00 and 14h00-17h00 CEST (may be subject to change).

In between course days, participants will work independently on readings, individual tasks, and reflect on conflict sensitivity in their own work context, while staying connected via a course platform.

This course is designed for professionals working in or on fragile and conflict-affected contexts and interested in improving their conflict sensitive project management skills, practitioners and academics interested in bridiging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge.

  • Prof. Dr. Laurent Goetschel, Studiengangleitung
  • Franziska Sigrist, Head of Continuing Education

Leading international scholars and experienced practitioners from governments, civil society and the private sector facilitate this course:
Dr Nick Miszak, Program Officer Analysis & Impact Program, swisspeace
Nora Schmidlin, Associate Program Officer Analysis & Impact Program, swisspeace
Additional experts to be confirmed

Tania Hörler Perrinet, Senior Program Officer Analysis & Impact Program, swisspeace

Franziska Sigrist
Bernoullistrasse 14-16
CH-4056 Basel

Tel. +41 31 330 12 12

CHF 1'100

Course starts on:
Friday, 12.06.2020
Course ends on:
Friday, 26.06.2020

Course days: 12, 19 and 26 June
Application Deadline:
Thursday, 30.04.2020

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät der Universität Basel

swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyses the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace aims to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation by providing spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.

This 3-day training can also be taken as part of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding Methodologies program offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

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