In October 2018, Peace Direct and the Coalition for Peace in Africa are running a five day training course led by conflict transformation specialist, Dr. Simon Fisher,  to examine the links between policy and practice in fragile, conflict-affected contexts.

Strengthening Policy and Practice: Meeting the challenges of working in complex environments

Nairobi, Kenya

22 -26 October, 2018


This five day interactive training will bring together 16-20 practitioners and NGO leaders from across Africa to examine the links between policy and practice in fragile, conflict-affected contexts led by conflict transformation specialist, Dr. Simon Fisher.

The bespoke course is designed to draw on the experience and practice of professionals working in development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding and aims to strengthen internal policies and programmatic approaches to working in fragile and conflict affected countries.

Drawing on current best practice and emerging trends, participants will develop effective approaches to peacebuilding, development and post-conflict reconstruction. Participants will identify how they can balance their organisational mandate with the demands of working in complex and rapidly changing political emergencies.

After five days of collaboration, in-depth discussion and practical exercises, practitioners will come away with a comprehensive set of approaches and tools they can use to analyse conflict contexts and apply practically to their work.


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How the course will benefit your work

Participants will:

  • Explore the relationship between organisational policy and practice in situations of instability, conflict or violence.

  • Deepen their understanding of peacebuilding from a conflict transformation perspective and apply their learning to their own work.

  • Learn how to apply appropriate conflict analysis to their own organisations and contexts.

  • Examine issues relating to aid and conflict in order to develop conflict sensitive policies for their organisations.

  • Consider the key policy and practice issues relating to the prevention of violent conflict and peacebuilding.

  • Strengthen their competence in proactively contributing to the development of appropriate policies and best practices when working in environments affected by conflict or violence.



About this course

The Strengthening Policy and Practice (SPP) course has been run by the UK-based organisation Responding to Conflict for over 20 years. In 2016 Responding to Conflict became the training arm of part of Peace Direct, a UK based organisation that works with local peacebuilding organisations across the world.

The Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA) has been running the SPP course with Responding to Conflict for almost five years.

Since its inception it has proved to be an extremely popular course, teaching participants the latest tools and techniques for analysing conflict contexts, while drawing on the skills and experience of the training participants.


Lead Facilitator/Trainer: Dr. Simon Fisher

Dr. Simon Fisher is a conflict transformation specialist with extensive global experience and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Dr. Fisher has comprehensive experience in education, development and conflict transformation in Africa, Europe and Asia.

He has worked with many kinds of organisations in over 40 countries in support of initiatives to prevent violence and build sustainable peace. In 1991 he founded and became the first director of Responding to Conflict, where he was responsible for a range of conflict transformation training and support programmes worldwide.



“What we learn here we can use over there. For example, how to handle conflicts, how to manage parties involved in conflicts, to do diagnosis of the root causes, and how to develop tools you can use, how to do delegations and see what the delegations stand for. We learned about how there are visible and invisible parties. I think the issue to understand the nature of conflict and the policies that are available was very valuable.”

-Participant, UK

“It was excellent to be together with different people and identify shared goals and values and to develop common strategies . . . and a feeling of solidarity.”

-Participant, Liberia


Suitable for

This course is for staff of international and national agencies and those with advisory and management responsibility for relief, development, and peacebuilding programmes.

It is particularly relevant for anyone engaged in the planning and implementation of field-based programmes in fragile and conflict affected contexts, or those responsible for developing policies for appropriate responses in complex, political emergencies.


Course fee

Option 1:

US $1600 (includes full board accommodation at the training centre,  airport pick-up and drop-off  in Nairobi, tuition and resource materials).

Option 2:

US $1100 (for those wishing to make their own accommodation arrangements) the amount covers tuition, airport pick-up and drop-off  in Nairobi, and resource materials. Accommodation at the training center is available at an additional cost of US $500.


How to register

Apply via email.

Download and return the application form via email.

Apply via email


How to pay

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your place on this course.

Once we have received your application, we will send you the details of how to pay.

The full balance is due before the course begins.

Read our Payment and Cancellation Policy 2018.


For more information

For queries about the course please contact COPA:

Coalition for Peace in Africa
P.O Box 61753-00200 City Square,
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 020 3866686
Cell: + 254 703 429 667
Email: [email protected]/[email protected]

For registration please contact Peace Direct:  

Peace Direct
1 King Edward’s Road,
London, E9 7SF
Tel: +44 203 422 5549
Email: [email protected]


 Peace Direct and Responding to Conflict

In April 2016, the Responding to Conflict (RTC) Board of Trustees took the decision to close down the organisation, after 25 years serving the peacebuilding sector.

Recognising the important work that RTC has done over the years to build the capacity of local peacebuilding organisations worldwide, Peace Direct has agreed to carry forward some of RTC’s work, to ensure that the vital support to local peacebuilders continues.

Dylan Mathews, CEO of Peace Direct said: “Since 1991, Responding to Conflict have been doing a fantastic job of working in areas affected by conflict to transform violence and build peace. In the current economic climate, it is increasingly difficult for small organisations to survive and it is with deep regret that RTC have taken the decision to close.

RTC’s work is in strong alignment with Peace Direct’s own mission and it is with great confidence that Peace Direct now take this on. As we strive to raise the profile of local peacebuilding around the world, the incorporation of some of RTC’s excellent work to our portfolio gives us a stronger voice as we make the case to the international community about the power of locally led peace.”

Simon Fisher, Founder of Responding to Conflict said: “I am delighted that Peace Direct has taken on some of RTC’s core work. The two organisations have very similar values with complementary strengths. The synergies created in the coming months will be exciting.”

Over the coming months, Peace Direct will be developing plans to continue some of RTC’s work.

For further enquiries, please email [email protected]