Training - Peace Direct


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.

Practitioners in conflict: refreshing skills and creating strategies for change 


Nairobi, Kenya

30 September – 4 October 2019


This five day interactive training will bring together practitioners and NGO leaders from around the world to refresh skills and strategies for working in conflict contexts and to develop professionally. Led by conflict transformation specialists, Dr. Simon Fisher and Rachel Wambui Kung’u, the course will guide participants to find and develop practical pathways and responses to real problems arising in conflict-affected contexts. 

This bespoke course has been designed as a stimulating refresher for practitioners with some experience in the field who are dealing regularly with the effects of conflict and violence, and to respond to the main challenges and questions they face in the course of their everyday work.

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


‘Practitioners in conflict’ will:

  • Provide participants with the opportunity to broaden and enrich their current methods of analysis

  • Provide an opportunity to understand conflict sensitivity more deeply.

  • Enable participants to better understand the practical application of TOC in peacebuilding programming

  • Enhance participants’ capacity to learn continuously from their work, and to effectively monitor and assess impact

  • Provide a range of ways for practitioners to increase their resilience

Download the training prospectus


About this course

The Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA) has been running the 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.

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.

Rachel Wambui Kung’u is a youth and conflict expert with expertise with topics including engendering human security, gender advocacy, technology for early warning, and community development. She is co-founder of ‘Voluntary Youth Philanthropists’ -a youth led organisation which promotes volunteerism, youth empowerment, intercultural understanding, cultural participation and peacebuilding.


strengthening policy and practice training

What previous participants said:

“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.”

“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.”

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Course fee

Option 1:

US $1,300 (includes full board accommodation at the training centre from 30 September to 4 October, airport pick-up and drop-off in Nairobi, tuition, certificate of participation and resource materials).

Option 2:

US $800 (for those wishing to make their own accommodation arrangements) the amount covers tuition, certificate of participation, airport pick-up and drop-off  in Nairobi, resource materials, and lunch and drinks at the training location. Accommodation at the training centre is available at an additional cost of US $500.

The full balance is due upon confirmation of your place on this course.

Read our Payment and Cancellation Policy 2019.

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Return your application form to [email protected]

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]