Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Conflicts is a unique three-day Advanced Professional Training designed for governments, UN agencies and missions, and national and international organisations working with mediation, negotiations, dialogue processes (from community to national and inter-party levels), peacemaking, and peace processes. The programme is intended for expert mediators and parties to mediation and negotiation processes seeking to identify measures to strengthen and improve their processes.

Facilitated by an expert practitioner, the programme will assist those involved in mediation and peacemaking efforts – before, during or postwar – to address key challenges and explore practical ways of improving the quality and results of their mediation and peacemaking processes.


Carried out in cooperation with the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) of PATRIR, the programme is also designed to actively assist mediation and peace processes. Technical Assistance is provided to ensure customized support for participating experts, representatives and organisations and agencies. In several cases, both / multiple mediation parties and mediators have taken part in the programme to assist them by providing a space to step out from their normal contexts and to go indepth, in a facilitated process, into improving their meditation and peacemaking skills, methods and approaches.


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Title –     Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming (Advanced Professional Training)

Organiser – International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)

Date- 3-7 December 2018

Location               Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Short  description


Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming is an intensive training programme designed for agencies, organisations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilisation and recovery who wish to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainable impact of their programmes – including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, social, economic and political stabilisation, reconciliation in divided communities, and postwar recovery, rehabilitation and development. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in over 40 countries, Designing for Impact: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding & Development Programming represents the most advanced training programme of its kind for policymakers, practitioners, governments and donors internationally. There is a gap between the scale of people’s efforts and investment, the huge number of programmes, activities and organisations in the field, and the impact this is all having on peacebuilding and sustainable post-war recovery and stabilisation. This programme has been designed to close that gap. It is practical and operational, designed for policy makers, donors and practitioners, and those dealing with the daily challenges of peacebuilding, development and recovery in areas affected by war and violence. Unlike almost every programme in the field today, it draws from across the entire breadth of operational experience, lessons learned and practical methodologies – doing so in a way that has been designed to enable agencies and organisations to go in-depth into their work and how they are doing it, coming out with better designs, better approaches, and with real effects.

What you get from this course:


Draw upon best practices and lessons learned in peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programme development and implementation to improve planning and implementation.

Work through all stages of programme development, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and follow-through using own cases and programmes

Develop effective, customized processes relevant for your organisations’ missions and the needs and contexts in which you are working

Improve applied conflict and situation analysis and conflict intelligence to support better design of peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programmes which can operate effectively and contribute to transforming root causes and impacts

Develop improved skills for designing relevant and appropriate programme and engagement strategies and activities, including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, socioeconomic and political stabilization, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development.

Address key issues including: sustainability, ownership, challenges and collapse of peace and recovery processes, impact and effectiveness, gender, human rights stabilization and security, multi-track engagement

Support local capacity development and strengthening community and national ownership

Design peacebuilding and conflict transformation intervention for specific communities and sectors: including conflict party leadership, national and cultural groups, youth, women, media, & business

Develop tools to assist your organization for short, medium and long-term engagements.

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