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swisspeace Training Newsletter
No. 3, November / December 2014

Dear reader,

It is our pleasure to inform you about the upcoming training courses at the swisspeace Academy. We thank you for your interest in our training offers in the past year and look forward to welcoming you soon again.

We wish you a joyful end of the year and a good start in an inspiring 2015.

Kind regards,
The swisspeace training team
Gender Equality & Peacebuilding Course*
13-17 April 2015
swisspeace Academy, Basel, Switzerland
Why do allegedly women-friendly protection initiatives have exclusionary effects? Why are underperforming men in military training referred to as “girls”? This postgraduate course reflects on how to address women’s and men’s realities, roles and strategies in conflictive situations, and the gendered stereotypes prescribing security policies and peacebuilding. It focuses on the manifold significance and relevance of gender as an intrinsic aspect in peace processes, on how to achieve inclusive, gender responsive peacebuilding and post conflict transformation. Participants will understand gender dimensions of conflicts, decode gendering narratives, contextualize gender based violence, reframe security policy and gender justice, and monitor and evaluate gender-sensitive institutional development.
Register by: 31 January 2015
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CAS Dealing with the Past Course*
4-10 May 2015
swisspeace Academy, Basel, Switzerland
Finding a way to deal with a violent past such as a civil war, the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation, is often argued to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and rule of law. How national and local actors (truth commissions, tribunals or commemorations) interact, shapes the relevance and effectiveness of a dealing with the past process. This postgraduate course focuses on the potentials and challenges of designing and implementing such processes, on how actors can ensure effective policy decision-making, on intervention in complex contexts, local approaches, international norms and frameworks, practical engagement, archives and documentation, state building, social transformation, and impact assessment. The topic of memorials will be addressed through a field trip.
Register by: 28 February 2015
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CAS Peacebuilding Methodologies Course*
29 April-1 May 2015, 10-12 June 2015 & fall 2015
aki, Bern, Switzerland
Peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors require a specific skillset to work effectively in contexts prone to violent conflict, including high adaptability to rapidly changing environments. This postgraduate course, designed for practitioners and academics, offers electives in conflict analysis, best practices for designing, implementing and evaluating peacebuilding projects, practical methods for applying conflict sensitivity in project management, and strategies for linking human rights and conflict transformation. To achieve the CAS Peacebuilding Methodologies, participants conclude each of the four methodological KOFF trainings by a written assignment that allows them to transfer their skills to the practice.

Registration deadlines for the single KOFF trainings apply.
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Further Upcoming Training Courses

CAS National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course*
19-28 January 2015, 10 days, 10 ECTS
Few places available. Register as soon as possible

CAS Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course*
2-11 March 2015, 10 ECTS
Register by 31 December 2014

Managing Programs in Fragile & Conflict-Affected Situations*
29 April-1 May 2015, KOFF Training
Register by 8 April 2015

Connecting Human Rights & Conflict Transformation - from Concepts to Practice*
10-12 June 2015, KOFF Training
Register by 20 May 2015

CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Course*
September 2015-August 2016, 25 days, 20 ECTS
Register by 30 June 2015
* These courses can be taken as modules of the MAS in Peace & Conflict Transformation.
About swisspeace and its Academy
swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute associated with the University of Basel that strives to build civilian peacebuilding capacities of Swiss and international actors by conducting research on violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation, offering training, consultancies and space for exchange of experiences.
The swisspeace Academy is swisspeace's center for postgraduate education in the peacebuilding sector. It is based in Basel, Switzerland.


A woman escapes from a cloud of tear gas thrown by the police during skirmishes in Nairobi, Kenya
REUTERS / Noor Khamis, 2012

Documents of the Guatemalan National Police discovered in 2005
Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional AHPN

A man stacks bricks in Lalitpur, Nepal
REUTERS / Navesh Chitrakar, 2013

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