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A group for those of us focused on International Peace Parks and Trans-Boundary Conservation Areas...through research, academic writing, various projects, and active park management, and the challenges of trying to create and International Peace Park
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Monitoring and Evaluation as Learning Disciplines for Peacebuilding at Sri Lanka

July 12, 2010 to July 16, 2010
Monitoring and Evaluation as Learning Disciplines for Peacebuilding 12 – 16 July 2010Deadline for application: Friday 11 June 2010Early bird deadline: Friday 28 May 2010 Trainer:  Mark RogersParticipants familiar with the theory and practice of peacebuilding, but less so with monitoring and evaluation, will find this introductory course helpful in acquiring tools for analysis, reflection and learning.  Oriented toward utilization-focused evaluation and working with qualitative data, this course…See More
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Peacebuilding & Development Institute in Sri Lanka Upcoming Professional Training Programs Courses for July 2010

Peacebuilding & Development Institute in Sri Lanka Upcoming Professional Training Programs Courses in Sri Lanka for July 2010 The Peacebuilding & Development Institute in Sri Lanka (PDI-SL) is an international training, capacity building and research Institute in South Asia which is focused on conflict, transition and coexistence initiatives in the region. The internationally recognized but regionally focused professional training programme in Sri Lanka brings together practitioners and…See More
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Zachary Angafor commented on Saji Prelis's blog post Training Course: Youth, Conflict, & Peacebuilding
"Please how possible is it for you to extend the Youth, Conflict, and Peacebuilding training to post conflict communities in Africa? Looking forward to hearing from you. Best, Zac"
Sep 5, 2009

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Saji Prelis is one of the founding members and the Executive Director of the Center for Peace Building International. He is also the coordinator of the Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University.

He is currently involved in several peacebuilding, conflict resolution and coexistence initiatives both in the United States and abroad. In addition, Saji was the technical editor of Reconciliation, Justice and Coexistence: Theory and Practice and co-author of Long Road to Reconciliation in the above publication.

Saji was appointed by the governor and served a two year term between 1996 to 1998 as a Commissioner for the State of Oregon on higher education and financial aid issues. He has also been involved in issues of higher education in California, Oregon and Washington, DC. His areas of interest include providing opportunities for children to act as agents of peace, the use of technology for humanitarian purposes, dialogue and coexistence initiatives and education and community development initiatives.

Saji Prelis completed his Master's degree in International Peace & Conflict Resolution with a concentration in International Law from American University in Washington, DC.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
South Asia, South East Asia and Africa
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
USA and Sri Lanka
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
* Center for Peace Building International. * Peacebuilding & Development Institute @ American University
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, Democratization, Development, Education, Humanitarian Relief, Organizational Development
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Evaluation, Program Administration, Program Design, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Youth, conflict and peacebuilding
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications

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Expanding Participation of Women in Peace Processes

Posted on April 30, 2008 at 5:38pm 0 Comments

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute is offering an exciting and dynamic course called Expanding Participation of Women in Peace Processes as a part of our Summer Professional Training Program in June at American University in Washington, DC. We are so excited about this course! The instructors are brilliant and have a wealth of experience working with women in conflict and post-conflict environments. Practitioners, professionals, students, and scholars will have the opportunity… Continue

Training Course: Youth, Conflict, & Peacebuilding

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 10:05am 1 Comment

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute offers its Summer Professional Training Program every June, and each year, dozens of students, scholars, practitioners, and professionals flock to Washington, DC in hopes of taking advantage of what some say is our most engaging training course: Youth, Conflict, & Peacebuilding. We’re highlighting the Youth course this week - please read on.

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Youth, Conflict, &…

Monitoring & Evaluation

Posted on April 12, 2008 at 11:30am 0 Comments

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute is focusing this week on highlighting our Monitoring & Evaluation course within our Summer Professional Training Program in June. Why? Because it’s such a good opportunity. Gain and hone your M&E skills while networking with fellow students, local DC professionals, and international peace builders and practitioners.

The Details:

Building Monitoring & Evaluation into Program… Continue

Summer Professional Training Program in Peacebuilding & Development

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 11:43am 0 Comments

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University is preparing for its big annual event this June: the Summer Professional Training Program. PDI will host nearly 100 international peace builders, development practitioners, conflict resolution specialists, government officials, civil society leaders, and scholars, not to mention the esteemed members of the American University graduate student body.

The Summer Professional Training Program is perfect for any… Continue

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At 3:48pm on February 3, 2009, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
Violance,war,conflicts,sufferings my desire to see world in peace and non violance has motivated me to join this network."Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world as a family, this was a teaching of our culture and traditional.we created countries,boundries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realise that we are one and we naturaly interconected with each other ,which we can just realise by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any descrimanation,religion,bonundries, equaly for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equaly important,valuble ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violance .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for lookafter the wellbeing of all living life.
i shall be happy if you could include me in your circle of friends
At 9:38pm on December 18, 2008, peace said…
Dear Saji
Any chance to launch such programs in Nepal?
At 10:43pm on December 10, 2008, Varghese Chakkummootil said…
Hi Saji,
How r u? I was introduced to you by Farah during one of the USIP meetings.
At 9:41pm on December 7, 2008, THUSHARA WITHARANA said…
Hi Saji,

I think U intrest in peace.i'm a graduate in Peace & conflict Resolution in University of Kelaniya In Sri lanka.Then i studied in Internatioan Relations,Human Rigts,Counselling Psycology Diplomas.

Now I study MA in political science.

my last job is Youth national coordinator in anty war front in Sri Lanka.
Now i work in Human rights NGO.We help marginalized people in Sri lankan Conflict.
So we can share our peace knowladge

At 3:42am on January 23, 2008, Chris LeGore said…
I just joined this site. I am in law school right now, studying Constitutional Law and European Legal Studies. I am looking for information or ideas on how to turn my legal education into real work in the fields of mediation & negotiation and ADR. This could be in the form of internships and/or future professional employment.

Any advice you can give me would truly be appreciated. Thank you for your time. - Chris
At 3:57pm on November 26, 2007, James said…
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At 2:12am on November 15, 2007, Jennifer Kloes said…
Hi Saji -

Great to be conncected with you and to know more about the great work that you do. Let me know if there is ever any way we might be able to collaborate on different projects!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Kloes
At 11:13pm on November 7, 2007, Charles B.P. Lahai said…
Thanks Saji. Peace is all about making the globe a better place for humanity. We are not only peace makers but also peace lovers. The world is crying for peace, the peace that we hold in our hearts and minds. If we come together for the good of all, then we can share that peace, which is in everyone's hearts. ..... Peace be unto you, and hope to see you tomorrow... Charles Lahai
At 12:54pm on November 7, 2007, Andrew Sherriff said…

Good to hear from you and hope all is well at American University. I am now based in the US (near Seattle), although sometimes it feels like I am based on a plane as I am doing work in a lot of places. Some conflict analysis, capacity building and also on conflict sensitivity and policy related work.


At 11:44pm on September 27, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Saji,
I like your profile! I'd like you to join me on,
a platform for peacemakers advancing Middle East peace.
Eyal :-)

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