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Training – Refreshing Skills and Strategies


Peace Direct and the Coalition for Peace in Africa are running a five-day online course guided by conflict transformation specialists, for practitioners working in conflict to refresh their skills and develop new strategies.

  • Published

    4 September 2020
  • Written by

    Peace Direct

Don’t let COVID-19 stand in the way of your professional development.

Between the 2nd and 6th November, the ‘Refreshing Skills & Strategies; Continuing Professional development for Practitioners working in Conflict’ training course will bring together practitioners and NGO leaders from around the world. The course will support participants to refresh their skills and strategies for working in conflict contexts and to develop professionally. 

Run by Coalition For Peace in Africa (COPA) and Peace Direct, the course has been designed as a stimulating refresher for practitioners who are dealing regularly with the effects of conflict and violence.

This year we have adapted the course to take place online, so that participants can come together despite the uncertainty of the pandemic. The course will respond to the main challenges and questions faced by practitioners in their everyday work. It will also explore building resilience, and look at strategies to adapt peacebuilding work during a pandemic, including taking work online.

More information on the course, the facilitators and the training content can be found in the training prospectus.

Download the training prospectus


Frequently Asked Questions


How will the course work online?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s course will take place online, and will be made available and accessible for participants through online platforms such as Zoom. Each day of the course will involve three hours of “live” learning between 09:00 – 12:00 (Eastern Africa time), followed by group work and individual learing between 14:00 – 16:00.

Despite taking place online, the training will maintain a practical focus. It will make use of multiple learning models, including inquiry, case study analysis, individual and online group tasks and reflections from participants’ experiences.


Who is the course for?

The course is intended for practitioners with some experience in the fields of peacebuilding, development, human rights and/or humanitarian relief.

The course will be conducted in English, and so applicants must be English speakers. The content of the course will focus in particular on examples from Africa, and so applicants coming from this context are encouraged to apply.

Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis based on the above criteria, with a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an interactive experience. The deadline for receiving applications is Monday 26th October.

Download an application form



What will the course cover?

The course will provide participants with the chance to broaden and enrich their current methods of analysis. It will provide an opportunity to understand conflict sensitivity more deeply.

It will enhance participants’ capacity to learn continuously from their work, and to effectively monitor and assess impact.

It will provide a range of ways of taking care of ourselves as practitioners, and increasing resilience.

The course will have a specific focus on adapting peacebuilding work during the pandemic, for example through online activities.


How much is the course?

The cost of the course is $ 400 – which includes five days of tuition, all online resource materials, and an e-certificate upon completion.

Payment can be made by cheque (for those based in Kenya) payable to the Coalition for Peace in Africa or by direct bank transfers for those outside of Kenya. Further details on payment will be sent to participants once they have signed up.


I’m interested, how do I apply?

To apply for the course, we invite you to download the training application form here, and fill out the necessary information and motivation for the training.

The deadline for receiving applications is Monday 26th October.

Download an application form

Find out more in the course prospectus


Hear from previous participants 


“The case studies that were shared were real and practical”

“I have learned how to use the ABC and PIN triangles in real conflict situations and in programming”

“I will translate into French some of the tools from the workbook and will share the same with my colleagues”

“This is a good training, it has been an eye opener in many ways and I will use the knowledge I have gained to support other organizations in my consultancy work”


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