Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania


Call for an Immediate End to the Violence in Israel-Palestine, the Release of Abducted Civilians and for Comprehensive Efforts Towards Regional Peace

The Romanian Peace Institute – PATRIR condemns in the strongest terms the violence which has racked Israel-Palestine over the last days. We stand with the millions of people in Israel and Palestine who are exhausted and sick and tired of the endless cycles of violence and recognize the right of all Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, security and freedom from all forms of occupation and threat and fear of violence.


PATRIR is committed to a world in which conflicts are transformed constructively, through peaceful means – in which individuals, communities, countries and local, national, regional and international organisations and actors are empowered to address conflicts effectively, and work together to do so.


The Department of Peace Operations works upon request from conflict parties and local, national and international organisations and agencies to support violence prevention, peacebuilding, mediation, and post-war recovery. DPO experts include practitioners, analysts, diplomats, and others.

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The International Peace & Development Training Center is one of the world’s leading providers of training, capacity building and professional development support for practitioners, governments, UN and local, national and international organisations working in peacebuilding, prevention, and post-war peace consolidation.

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The European Peace Department (EPD) is dedicated to advancing peacebuilding and addressing drivers and dynamics of conflict within the European Union and broader Europe, and to strengthening both domestic and international peacebuliding capabilities of the EU, member states and national and local authorities and civil society. 

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PATRIR is the Romanian Peace Institute. We have 21 years’ experience working in Romania and around the world dealing with local, national and global conflicts. PATRIR’s program lines include work on: gender, strengthening gender inclusion and equality and overcoming gender-based violence; strengthening local, national and international capabilities and policies for early warning, prevention, peacebuilding and post-war stabilization; support for mediation and peace processes; post-war stabilization and peace consolidation; youth empowerment; tackling violent radicalization and extremism, and more. Our team is made up of researchers, expert practitioners, trainers and facilitators and project staff. If you are recruited, you will be a core team member at PATRIR with opportunities to play a key role in shaping our work and programming.  

For more information and the full description of the role, please visit: Vacancies – PATRIR – Committed to transform conflicts constructively, through peaceful means


“As a professional development practitioner I had taken many courses on Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programmes/Projects. The training on Developing Strategic Tools for Measuring Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding Projects and Interventions has broadened my knowledge and understanding of the tools and skills for systematic and structured ways for measuring Impact and Effectives of Pecebuilding Projects and Interventions. The training is very important and timely given to equip Civil Affairs Field Staff on Monitoring and Evaluation concepts, tools and processes.” 

Solomon Woldemichael 
Affairs Officer, Unites Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) 

“…PATRIR is […] an example of going global from the local level. Based in the university town of Cluj in Transilvania, a multicultural setting in central Romania, in the past 10 years PATRIR has crossed boundaries and borders both geographically and mentally. The results and outcomes of its endeavors have been visible throughout the globe from Sudan, to Cyprus, to Kosovo and Northern Ireland to name a few.” 

Dr. Oana Cristina Popa 
Former ambassador of Romania to Croatia 

“I will not hesitate to unreservedly recommend this program [Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation & Post-War Recovery, and Reconciliation (PCTR)] for all actors in the pecebuilding field. I dare say that without it you stand the risk of missing the mark, with it your chance of success in your endeavours are quite significantly enhanced!” 

Paul Ebikwo 
Civil Affairs Officer, UNAMID, Sudan 

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Redirect 3.5% of income tax and contribute to our work!

Every year, PATRIR, through its projects, strives to promote and strengthen democracy, to increase the well-being of communities, to promote gender equality, opportunities, security and innovation, but also initiate initiatives against radicalization, extremism and hatred, both at the level of locally as well as internationally. Contribute to this change, helping to fulfil our mission, by redirecting the 3.5% of income tax! You can find out more about the steps to follow here.


Ukraine Assessment Report (Preliminary) 

Authors: Kai Brand-Jacobsen, Mariia Levchenko, Laura Pistarini
Publisher: Department of Peace Operations (DPO) – PATRIR

This report has been prepared as part of the multi-phase assessment mission of the Peace Support Ukraine project by the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) of the Romanian Peace Institute (PATRIR) together with partners in Ukraine and in the diaspora. Although the full assessment will analyze the period between July 2022 and November 2022, this document shares preliminary findings to inform further strategic analysis of the developing situation on the ground and concrete actions to strengthen the international response to sustaining efforts by Ukrainian civil society, state and nonstate actors,
while ensuring comprehensive inclusion of Ukrainian voices. It represents the first part of a two-stage review of the needs, challenges, opportunities and critical areas of action identified by Ukrainian civil society organizations, experts, local authorities and national government institutions addressing the impact of the invasion and war on the people of Ukraine. As well as identifying key priorities for peacebuilding and addressing the impact of the armed conflict, invasion and temporary occupation of Ukrainian territories now, during the war, the report also identifies key measures needed to prepare now to be able to address critical needs for peacebuilding, stabilization and post-war recovery and peace consolidation after the ending of the war.

Some of what we’re doing around Education, Schools & Youth at PATRIR

The Romanian Peace Institute – PATRIR has been one of the leading centres for innovation in education and youth engagement in Cluj-Napoca and internationally for more than 20 years. PATRIR’s programming on schools, children and youth works around:

  • Teacher training & teacher support
  • Curricula Development and creation of ‘training tools’ including educational frameworks, training materials and handbooks, and formal and non-formal methods
  • School-based and non-formal youth education, training and participation programs
  • SMART Hubs and Multi-Stakeholder Roundtables to innovate policy and practice; and
  • Policy Advocacy locally, nationally and internationally to improve educational models, policies and practices
  • Research and knowledge development on innovations in education, inclusive education, ‘future education’ and tackling bullying, radicalisation, violent extremism and hate

Polarisation, radicalisation and discrimination with focus on Central and Eastern Europe – Publication


The polarisation of society has now become a buzzword that is hardly missing from any political analysis. Trump, the Brexit, migration and the flight movement from the South to Europe, which has almost been pushed into the background again, also globalisation and climate change, and the Corona pandemic, which has been going on for a year now … In all these topic areas, a very fundamental polarisation of positionings is indeed emerging, which overshadows intermediate tones.

The focus of the issue on “Polarisation, Radicalisation and Discrimination in Europe” focuses in particular on the situation in Central and Eastern Europe in the practice of prevention and intervention in the field of democracy education, group-focused enmity and right-wing extremism. Contributors to this issue include those who have been working on-the-ground in the countries, as members of civil society organisations with a sharp and trained eye; those who work in municipalities, schools and extracurricular education as “fighters on the front line” (first-line practitioners, FLPs for short, e.g. teachers, social workers, NGOs, police) on a daily basis in regular structures, in training courses, and workshops as well as in counselling; and have in-depth insights and experience of the challenges, barriers and attempts at solutions.

The publication can be read and downloaded here

This special issue has been produced within the Champions Project.

PATRIR, the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania, stands in solidarity with and supports local peacebuilders active in Afghanistan, at this difficult time. PATRIR staff has actively participated in work on democratization, inclusion and pluralism in Afghanistan and knows, first hand, the lengths that these actors had to go to achieve dialogue, mediation, cover basic education and health needs, sometimes against all odds and operating outside the protection of the international community. As an organization working on mediation and postconflict recovery, we know their work is irreplaceable.
We stand with the international community when urging the new regime to respect basic human and civic rights and to support the advancements of women in girls in science, education, administration and the private sector. We are aware that most local NGO workers, peacebuilders, mediators would like to continue their work. But for those opting to leave the country, we urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Government to expedite the visa process and any humanitarian assistance needed. The Romanian state, as the international community, has the “responsibility to protect” those whose lives are threatened by their own governments. Learn more information here.

Tackling radicalization and extremism through online tools - Launching ALERT, ARENA and Training Yard

How to design and carry out Social Labs in the context of analyzing and preventing extremism?

CHAMPIONs is launching new online tools to support practitioners who work in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism. The online tools are embedded in the website which functions as a knowledge hub and networking platform for teachers, social workers, NGOs, researchers and local governments. Learn more information here.

We are thrilled to introduce Social Labs, an innovative holistic approach to co-create findings, tools and solutions toward the analysis and intervention in the field of extremism, polarization and radicalization. Within the framework of the PARTICIPATION project, Social Labs are central spaces for the analysis of existing experiences and the formulation of future actions and activities to promote the uptake of social inclusion as a key factor to address radicalization. Learn more about it here.

Peacebuilding Interview: Kai Brand-Jacobsen

Looking for the most interesting training providers, courses or trainers on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building?

PATRIR was a partner in this project. Have a look at the website

Peace Magazine Editor Metta Spencer interviews PATRIR Director of the Department of Peace Operations Kai Brand-Jacobsen on ‘peacebuilding‘. Over the course of an hour this wide-ranging interview covers the critical need for peacebuilding in the world today, ways in which peacebuilding can be done on the ground, experiences in north East Nigeria and the work of organisations like Search for Common Ground, the situation in Venezuela and much more. It is a tour de force from one of the leading trainers, practitioners and scholars in the field – an introduction to peacebuilding and overview of critical issues that should be shared and seen widely. As the interview continues it becomes more and more powerful and inspiring.

Click here to watch the interview


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