Duration: 8th to 12th April 2013

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Language of facilitation: English, with translation in Portuguese and French

Closing date for applications: 15th February 2013


ACTION for Conflict Transformation is a global network of individuals and organisations working for sustainable peace. In Africa the ACTION Support Centre, through its Skills and Strategies for Change programme aims to be a resource for African wisdom and expertise able to respond effectively to the deep-rooted social conflicts across the continent. It connects people working for peace and development, human rights and social transformation, in Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone countries throughout Africa. 

The course has been designed by a team of conflict and development specialists and aims to enhance and support the work of practitioners and policy makers affected by conflict and tension.  The workshop approach to learning uses a fine balance of pedagogical methods that includes analysis from specialist resource people, inputs on critical conflict issues facing the continent, conceptual frameworks, detailed case studies and creative participatory exercises.

Specifically the course aims to:

• Explore why and how people organise and to share strategies for building networks and coordinating the programmes of different stakeholders

• Introduce tools and skills for analysing conflicts that can assist in identifying intervention strategies to reduce and prevent violence

• Identify the origins and causes of new and ongoing conflicts in Africa and their links to continental and global factors

• Understanding the specific effects of conflict on men and women and exploring the gender aspects of conflict sensitivity

• Support and strengthen skills for facilitating dialogue, including communication, active listening and process design

• Explore ways of providing support between practitioners and policy makers active in the field of Conflict Transformation and Development

• Develop strategies to train other people working for development, human rights and reconciliation in methods of transforming conflict and preventing violence as well as the monitoring and evaluation of these initiatives

• Develop capacity within organisations for conflict sensitive planning and implementation of development, humanitarian and peace building programmes

• Develop a vision for Africa that reflects African values and capacities for peace

Using examples from across the continent the course has been designed specifically for people who want to focus on conflict in Africa and connect this focus to the global context. The course will include an analysis of global events, as well as a focus on new forms of resistance and change and their implications for Southern Africa and beyond. The workshop includes field visits to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Participants should bring to the course case studies and examples of conflict transformation from their own experience and research. Throughout the course there is a strong focus on the need for individuals and organisations to form networks, coalitions and alliances with others working in similar fields. Another important element focuses on the self, encouraging personal reflection and development.

Participants who complete the training will receive the acclaimed Applied Conflict Transformation certificate.

Programme:  The final programme will be developed in line with the specific needs and interests of selected participants

Day One: Introduction to Conflict Transformation Conceptual framework- Conflict, Peace, Violence, Development Understanding key concepts Theoretical paradigms and Conflict Transformation in practice Culture and identity Conflict Analysis

Day Two: Working with Conflict Approaches to intervention The African Political Economy Developing case studies and intervention opportunity Integrating humanitarian assistance, development and peace building

Day Three: Social cohesion and relationship building Land and natural resource conflict Facilitating dialogue, mediation, negotiation and arbitration Processing Trauma Faith, values and religion in Africa

Day Four: Conflict Intervention in Africa Developing a peace architecture for Africa Facilitating dialogue, mediation, negotiation and arbitration Reconciliation and reintegration Advocacy, lobbying and campaigning New forms of struggle Building an African Vision

Day Five: Assessing impact and Mapping Outcomes Human rights, Peacebuilding and the African Charter Collaborative partnerships, networking, coalitions and alliances Monitoring and Evaluation Mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in project planning Developing context specific action strategies

For organisations: This course is aimed at exploring skills and strategies for engaging with conflict across Africa and around the world. It would also draw practical insights from people in acute conflict zones. Its enriching content will unpack a lot of skills and strategies that will inform the work that conflict practitioners are involved in. It is therefore essential that organisations;

• Identify the areas of the course that will inform their work • Identify the participant’s objectives for the course

• How will the participant use the learning obtained from this course in the organisation?

• How does the organisation propose to integrate the participant’s learning and experience?

The facilitators: Skilled ACTION members from the African continent will facilitate the course. ACTION facilitators take a participatory approach, emphasising experiential learning. Facilitators bring experience of living and working on conflict situations across the continent. The course process and content will be developed and adapted by the facilitators’ in-line with participants needs. In addition to the full-time tutors, resource specialists from external institutions will conduct sessions on particular topics.

Participants: The course is aimed particularly at:

• Development and relief workers operating in contexts of conflict and violence in Southern Africa and the continent more broadly

• NGOs wanting to develop their programme beyond development and emergency relief to include advocacy, lobbying, peacebuilding and reconciliation

• Peacebuilders and conflict transformation practitioners

• Human rights defenders interested in Conflict Transformation

• Those wanting to explore African cultural mechanisms for peace making • Governance institutions

We encourage people from Francophone and Lusophone countries to apply. While the course in conducted in English, translation and interpretation will ensure full participation of all groups. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. If you have special needs that you fear may affect your participation please let us know. Every effort will be made to accommodate these needs. Numbers on each course are restricted. It is advisable to apply as soon as possible.

Course Fees:Tuition fee: $1,500, Accommodation, extra curricular activities and medical insurance: $1,000 Total fee: $2,500 A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a place upon acceptance. Participants will need about $300 to cover personal expenses within South Africa It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure they have all necessary funds before travelling to South Africa.

Scholarships: Limited funds are available to support those unable to raise the full fees. Scholarships will be awarded primarily on the basis of the context in which the applicant is working and their need for such training. Other factors taken into account include prior experience, diversity of applicants (age, gender, nationality, experience etc) and the demonstrated commitment and motivation of applicants. Applicants for scholarships should complete section 4 of the application form as early as possible. This should include an explanation of why they require a partial scholarship and should list the other sources of funds they have approached. Participants should first seek funding from their employer, partner organisations or donors already familiar with their work. The ACTION Support Centre can offer advice to applicants on how to find alternative sources of funding.

For further information on ACTION and the Applied Conflict Transformation Course Please contact Richard Smith at and Allison Malkin 

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