International Peace and Development Training Centre
IPDTC is delighted to announce its 2016 Training Course Calendar. For more information and to apply for a course, please visit our training website.
The vision of the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) is to be part of the peace adult education field which generates improved quality, impact and effectiveness of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, violence prevention and post-war recovery – where individuals, communities and agencies are empowered with the skills, tools, knowledge and commitment to address conflicts constructivelly through peaceful and effective means.
IPDTC works to provide high quality practical skills and knowledge-based training for conflict party leadership, government and decision-makers, practitioners and those engaged in peacebuilding and working with conflicts to improve applied peacebuilding and conflict transformation in the field.
The International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) was established in 2003 as one of the main Centers of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR). The mission assigned to this center is to pioneer and develop training and capacity building for those working in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
The training programmes developed in the frame of IPDTC are central to the Institute’s support for the peacebuilding and conflict transformation field. Designed specifically for practitioners and policy makers, they are developed drawing upon best practices and lessons learned in the field to support individuals and agencies actively engaged in peacebuilding in their own communities, countries and internationally.
Participants to IPDTC programmes include those actively working in peacebuilding and conflict transformation or working to deal with conflicts in their communities and countries, and those working in related fields, including human rights, development, humanitarian relief, and governance.
IPDTC programs may be requested and custom-designed for organisations, agencies, and government ministries, working in or on conflict-affected areas, with the aim of assisting them in enhancing their own peacebuilding capacities, including training for individual skills, tools, knowledge, understanding and personal attitudes, as well as organisational development, strategic planning, and institutional strengthening.
On several occasions IPDTC programmes have served as dialogue and interaction opportunities for parties to conflicts and peace processes. Within the space offered by IPDTC and PATRIR, parties are able to come together both to improve and deepen their skills and knowledge and to use the training programs as an opportunity to engage in dialogue, deepen mutual understanding, conduct joint problem analysis, and search for practical and viable ways of dealing with their conflicts.
IPDTC Trainings are highly participatory, interactive, and custom-designed to ensure participants are able to implement the results and outcomes of the programmes in their work. Having provided training to more than 3500 policy and decision makers and field staff of national and international organisations and agencies, IPDTC trainings are designed to assist those working directly in the field to improve the quality of operations and programming.
Trainings are made up of three phases: (i) Pre-Training Preparation and Support to Participants (ii) Training Delivery: including full group, small group, and customised support and (iii) Post-Training Follow-through.
The trainings would be delivered using a combination of training methodologies, including short presentations and skills & knowledge development sessions; small work groups; case studies presentation, review and application; practical exercises; programme design sessions; mapping and analysis sessions; experts forums; feed-back and review sessions; direct coaching; group evaluation and assessment.
To learn more about our course methodology, please click here.
Kevin Brown – Senior Trainer
Mr Brown is an independent consultant with over 20 years of experience as a senior Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialist, both as a practitioner and as an academic theorist. His expertise areas include: designing monitoring and evaluation systems for peacebuilding programmes (with experience in Afghanistan -Task Force 03-08 – and Canada Joint Inter-Agency, Multi-National and Public (JIMP)). Mr. Brown employes the following methodologies: participatory monitoring and evaluation, logical framework approach, soft system methodology, FEWER framework, significance of impact, stakeholder mapping, conflict mapping, outcome mapping. He is highly skilled at amassing, motivating, and supervising large, culturally diverse, and geographically dispersed teams.
He is the designer of ADR training programmes having experience with the Canadian government; over 5000 hours facilitating ADR training programmes and a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the provision of ADR services.
Dr Marshall WM. Conley – Senior Trainer
Dr. Conley is the President of Conley-International Education Consultants. Dr. Conley has administered and run projects in 19 African countries, 8 Latin American/South American countries, 12 European countries, as well as in India and Japan, together with a varierty of contract works for the Canadian Government, various UN organisations, the African Union, the Council of Europe, and GTZ.
He has conducted training programmes in Africa, Europe, Asia and Norht America on the topics of Rebuilding Rar-Torn Societies, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration, Early Warning, Democratic Development and Governance, Pre-deployment Training, Training of Trainers, Citizenship Development, Human Rights Reporting and Teaching, etc.
Ina Curic – Senior Trainer
Mrs. Ina Curic has been working with PATRIR since 2001, as a peaceworker, teacher and a trainer on peace and gender related issues. Between 2003 and 2005 she was member and secretary of the Gender and Development Committee under Peace Corps, Romania.
Since 1999 Ina has provided numerous national and international training programmes and workshops on different topics related to organisational development, project management, peace, conflict and gender related issues in various settings: Romania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey. Her filed experience with training, capacity building as well as gedner and peace projects in post-war and conflict areas extends to Bosnia, Iraq, Moldova and Burundi.
Annette Giertsen – Senior Trainer
Mrs. Annette Giertsen has been working with Save the Children Norway since 1989, holding the position of Adviser since 2006. She has extensive trianing and facilitation experience including geographical areas such as Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Gal Harmat – Senior Trainer
Mrs. Gal Harmat is a Gender and Peacebuilding specialist. She has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation and gender empowerment research. As a group facilitator she has conducted a large number of trainings at the IPCRI (Israel Palestine Center for Reconciliation), in Jerusalem and Beit Lehem.
Gal has been in charge of gender trainings for journalists, young politicians, layers and teachers. Since 2004, Gal is teaching conflict transformation and gender and is Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Programme of the Kibbutzim Teachers Colledge in tel Aviv.
Alona Horova – Senior Trainer
Ms. Horova is the Director of Institutional Development and head of Institutional Learning and Research Department at the Ukrainian Center for Common Ground.
As a trainer, facilitator and mediator she develops and implements conflict resolution and collabortive/ restorative mediation programmes, engaging in victim-offernder mediations as well.
Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen – Senior Trainer
Country/ Regional Experience: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, southern Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Aceh-Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Moldova, South Eastern Europe, Mexico, Colombia, Somalia, North America, Israel-Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt.
Denis V Matveev – Senior Trainer
Mr Denis Matveev is an invited Masters curriculum lecturer at the European University Centre for Peace Studies (Stadtschlaining, Austria) and University of Basel (Swiss Centre for Peace Studies) as well as Field Team Mission Preparedness Trainer for Nonviolent Peaceforce.
Areas of Expertise: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Training, Design and Development of Peacebuilding and Peacemaking Initiatives, Strategy Development, Strategic Planning, Organisational Development, Programme Management.
Geographic Experience: Moldova-Transdniestria, Sri Lanka, Australia, Austria, Romania, Thailand, Burma, Ukraine, UK.
Martine K Miller – Senior Trainer
Dual-Bachelors, Master of Arts, engaged/evolving International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law and Conflict Mitigation, Transformation and Management, Mediation Certificates, etc.
International academic, research and practical experience—ten-years—in/on conflict transformation, mediation, peacebuilding, capacity building, reconstruction merging into development throughout Asia-Pacific, Africa (e.g North and South Sudan), Europe, North and South America, with a focus on vulnerable groups.
Passionate, committed, dependable, innovative, self-starting, highly organized, detailed oriented and fun-loving professional with more than twelve-years experience in cross-cultural team facilitation, consensus building, advising, capacity building, etc., with the ability to prioritize and handle several focused tasks effectively and efficiently under tight deadlines with minimum supervision in/on fluid conflict, war, post-war to peacekeeping and building, reconstruction merging into development contexts with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and sustainable results.
Sabin Muresan – Senior Trainer
Mr Sabin Muresan has been involved with civil society organisations for more than fifteen years and has been working with PATRIR since 2001 as peaceworker, programme manager, researcher and trainer. He has been closely involved with organisations and communities across Romania and internationally, focusing on peacebuilding, conflict transformation by peaceful means, prevention and eradication of various forms of violence, promoting equality between men and women and promoting alternative and informal education for young people and adults.
Anu Pillay – Senior Trainer
Anu Pillay holds a Masters degree in conflict transformation and gender and is also trained as a counsellor and life coach. She is a Gender specialist on Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding, working mainly in the African region. She has been involved with addressing gender-based violence in Southern Africa for over 25 years and over the years has worked in Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique and South Africa on peacebuilding projects. As part of a 6 country study, Anu initiated and presented the first South African study on femicide at the Beijing Conference in 1995 and co-edited a book on women in the aftermath of conflict in 2001 : The Aftermath: Women in Post Conflict Transformation, Zed Books London. She is currently working on a PhD study on women’s participation in peacebuilding covering South Africa, India and Northern Ireland.
Iulia Socea – Trainer
Ms Iulia Socea started her work with PATRIR as a volunteer for the Autumn Peace Academy in November 2009 and became a full time staff member in February 2010. Iulia was also part of the Systemic Peacebuilding NI programme, as a member of the support team. She is a graduate of two MA programmes in Security Management in Contemporary Society and Business Development Management at the Babes-Boliay University in Cluj.
Andra Tanase – Senior Trainer
She has graduated with a Masters degree from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and has a background in Economics and International Studies from Macalester College in the USA. Her work includes international training and facilitation, peace and development research and programme coordination on the themes of peacebuilding and conflict transformation, conflict mapping, development cooperation, development education, human rights, multicultural communication and organisational management. Andra has worked with PATRIR, the Romanian Peace Institute, participated in the Board of FOND, the Romanian NGDO platform and also was engaged as the vice-chair of the Development Education Forum of CONCORD.
Languages: Romanian, English, Spanish, Italian, French and learning German.
The aim of the present policy is to establish the International Peace and Development Training Center’s (IPDTC) clear procedural background for associate trainer intake and relationship management. The policy sets out clear guidelines for:
- How to become and IPDTC trainer:
- Application Criteria
- Application Process
- Categories of trainers and characteristics of each category
- Benefits and responsibilities of IPDTC and the associate trainers within the Associate relationship
Since its establishment in 2003, IPDTC has developed an alumni group of more then 3500 participants from approximately 50 countries worldwide who have taken part in one or more of our training programmes.
IPDTC programmes fall into two categories: those that are open to participants from all around the world and those that are requested by governments, national and international agencies or organisations for specific participant groups. The geographical distribution of IPDTC alumni is therefore extremely broad.
In order to enable greater numbers of participants and to increase impact and support for people working in areas affected by armed conflict, IPDTC works together with local, national and international organisations, agencies and governments to provide in-country training programmes around the world. These programmes are always developed following requests from organisations based or working in these countries. The programmes are then designed in cooperation with the inviting organisation, agency or government, and are custom-designed to the needs, context and goals of participants.
Organisations that have requested IPDTC training include (among others): National & Local Partners in Conflict Areas, UNDP, UNICEF, GIZ, terre des hommes, Ministries and Government Departments, Mediation Departments and Peace Secretariats, Chambers of Commerce, Human Rights Commissions, Save the Children, NOVA-MAN, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OSCE.
Countries in which IPDTC has provided training programmes: Austria, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, Somalia, Southern Thailand, Spain, Sri Lanka, UK, Ukraine, US.