Call for Applications: Conflict Analysis and Mediation (CAM 18) Course

Call for Applications:

Conflict Analysis and Mediation (CAM 18) Course

 

Introduction

Violent conflicts and situations of insecurity continue to plague the African continent in recent years. There are ongoing conflicts as well as “new wars” which has given rise to a lot of humanitarian causalities and concerns.  For decades, countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea- Bissau were crippled by conflicts and civil strife in which violence and incessant killings were prevalent. While violent conflicts are declining in the West African sub-region, recent insurgencies in the Sahel region affecting countries such as Mali, Niger and Mauritania and low intensity conflicts surging within notably stable countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal sends alarming signals of the possible re-surfacing of internal and regional violent conflicts[1]. It is in this regard that conflict analysis as well as mediation is necessary to provide a deeper understanding of conflict trends and contexts, and also as a means to mitigate the insecurities that arise out of these volatile situations.

The Conflict Analysis and Mediation Course was therefore designed to increase the understanding on the different tools, frameworks and aspects of conflict analysis and mediation among stakeholders for the purposes of conflict prevention, management and resolution.

Course Aim

The Conflict Analysis and Mediation Course has been designed with the aim of strengthening the critical, analytical and practical conflict analysis, mediation and negotiation skills, including the development of multi-level, locally relevant and tailor made approaches to conflict resolution. In order for it to be relevant to professional conflict resolution participants, the course aims at enabling the sharing of experiences and lessons learned in multi-track mediation and peace processes.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to;

  • Deepen their understanding and awareness of the challenges and opportunities of the emerging African Peace and Security Architecture with a focus on preventive diplomacy and mediation.
  • Understand key conflict analysis concepts and evaluate conflict analysis frameworks and underlying conceptual tools.
  • Understand at a practical level the connections between conflict analysis and mediation.
  • Acquire detailed knowledge of mediation theory and practice.
  • Appreciate and critically reflect on the experiences of African mediators.
  • Acquire detailed knowledge of the principles and procedures of negotiation and enhance their ability to demonstrate negotiation skills in practice.
  • Enhance their understanding of gender considerations in mediation, peace processes and peace agreements.
  • Integrate and evaluate political, social and cultural barriers in negotiations and conflict resolution.
  • Understand mediation not just as a diplomatic tool but also as a conflict resolution/transformation tool.

 

Course Content

  • Conflict and Conflict Analysis – Theories, Stages Strategies;
  • Introduction to Negotiation and Mediation;
  • Gender, Women and Vulnerable Groups in Mediation;
  • Diplomatic Considerations in Mediation;
  • Cultural considerations in Mediation;
  • AU/ECOWAS Approach to Mediation.

 

 

Teaching Methodology

The Collaborative Problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the Course. Through a combination of lectures, simulation exercises, video/movies presentations, group work, role plays, case study analysis, and discussions, the course seeks to enhance participant’s theoretical as well as practical understanding of Conflict Analysis and Mediation in the Region. Following the completion of each module, participants will be encouraged to participate in group discussions to further their understanding of the concept’s more nuanced arguments.

 

Target Group

The course is open to individuals and organizations whose members/staff find themselves undertaking/supporting mediation efforts. Among the organizations targeted for participation in the course are: UN Missions in Africa, African Union, ECOWAS and other Regional Economic Communities (RECs) such as Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Practitioners in mediation related jobs are also encouraged to apply.

 

Course Fees

Each participant shall be required to pay a non refundable commitment fee of $500 USD (five hundred US Dollars). Participants who will require visa on arrival will also be responsible for the cost of the visas. KAIPTC shall be responsible for participant’s external (within Africa) travel, accommodation and feeding during the duration of the course.

 

Relevant Information

 

  • The course will be conducted ONLY in English;
  • Every participant will have to prove adequate health insurance coverage before travelling to the Centre. KAIPTC will not bear any health or accident costs for any participant.

 

 

How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to kindly click here to apply

 

Application Deadline: January 19, 2018

 

Contact

 

Marylyn Akabutu                                                       Auguster Armah

Training Coordinator                                                 Assistant Course Director

marylyn.akabutu@kaiptc.org                                    auguster.armah@kaiptc.org

Tel: 233 302 718 200 Ext.1012                                 Tel: 233 302 718 200 Ext.1034

Fax: 233 302 718 201

 

 

 

 

[1] Nancy Annan: Violent Conflicts and Civil Strife: Causes, Challenges and Prospects (International Journal of Security and Development)