International Peace & Development Training Centre (IPDTC)

The International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) of PATRIR provides a wide-range of specialized training programmes which can be customized for the exact needs and interests of requesting governments, organizations, agencies and missions.

IPDTC programmes have been provided in over 40 countries to more than 3000 senior experts, practitioners, policy makers, government decision-makers and UN staff. Programs are tailor-made to fit the needs of the requesting partner. IPDTC Advanced Certificate and Executive Leadership Programmes have been designed and delivered for Senior Government Leadership and Ministers, Negotiating Parties, UN Agencies and Country Missions, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and a wide range of national and international organizations, agencies and ministries.


IPDTC’s core list of 20 upon-request programmes which can be delivered for your government, agency or organization include:

  1. Advanced Mediation and Peacemaking / Peace Processes
  2. Negotiations & Mediation Training for Senior Leadership
  3. Dialogue Processes in Peacebuilding
  4. Systemic Peacebuilding
  5. Community-Based Dialogue & Peace Processes
  6. Conflict Analysis & Intelligence
  7. Post-War Recovery, Stabilization and Peace Consolidation
  1. Early Warning, Preparedness and Prevention of Armed Conflicts
  2. Prevention of Electoral and Political Violence
  3. Strategic Planning and Design of Peace Operations
  4. Designing Peacebuilding Programmes
  5. Improving Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peace Operations
  6. Strategic Thinking, Scenario Development and Planning and Futures Forecasting
  7. Leadership in Complex Conflicts
  1. Crisis Prevention and Management
  2. Setting up a Crisis Management / Prevention Mission
  3. Monitoring and Evaluation of Peace Operations
  4. Gender and Peacebuilding
  5. Youth and Peacebuilding
  6. Pre-Deployment Preparedness Training

The specific content of each programme may be combined / adjusted for the exact needs of your organization / agency / ministry. Trainings are generally provided for between 8 – 40 participants, and may last from 2 days to 4 weeks. Longer-term support can also include a series of trainings and professional development programmes intended to help organizations / agencies and missions develop improved and consolidated capabilities. IPDTC specializes in the development of customized tools and methodologies which can be applied to improve impact and effectiveness, post-program reports to capture the outputs of trainings, and Quick Reference Guides addressing key tools and concepts. Technical Assistance Days can also be included to ensure customized, targeted support to addressing key challenges and issues and assisting the organization to integrate methodologies learned into their work. All training resources and materials are provided to requesting agencies for their further use and benefit. IPDTC programmes are carried out under confidentiality rules to enable participants to discuss issues freely. IPDTC also facilitates Multi-Stakeholder Strategic Planning Processes to improve strategic coordination amongst agencies on specific country / conflict engagements.

IPDTC programmes call upon some of the world’s leading experts and specialist trainers and resource persons. Programmes are also provided to assist key stages in negotiations and peace processes as well as to support armed violence prevention and post-war recovery and peace consolidation engagements.


  • United Nations Missions
  • UN Agencies
  • Regional & Inter-Governmental Organizations
    • OSCE
    • Commonwealth Secretariat
    • European Commission
  • National Governments & Ministries
  • GTZ
  • DED
  • Terre des Hommes
  • Save the Children Alliance
  • Laboratories for Peace (Mexico)
  • Alliance for Peace (Nepal)
  • ForumZFD Germany
  • Forum for Democracy, Burma
  • NOVA
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP)
  • One Text Initiative, Sri Lanka
  • The Institute of Eurodemocracy, Cyprus
  • Centre for European Studies, Cyprus
  • York University, UK
  • School of International Service American University, US
  • Royal Roads University, Canada
  • United Nations University for Peace (Costa Rica)
  • United Nations University Tokyo
  • And many more…

Programme reviews

“Under your leadership, the five-day training and follow-up technical assistance provided to UN staff from the region was highly appreciated by all those attending. Besides acquainting them with the latest tools and methodologies, the programme was an opportunity for participants with different backgrounds and responsibilities within the UN system, to develop a clear and common understanding of what preventative diplomacy and advanced mediation entail, both conceptually as well as specific to UNIFIL’s requirements in south Lebanon. Within UNIFIL I found this programme very useful in helping us better focus and define our priorities.”

– Milos Strugar
Director, Political and Civil Affairs, UNIFIL

“For any one who is really intending to make use of practical knowledge that could be professionally reflected in his or her work, they have to seek an opportunity to attend one or two of the high quality trainings of the IPDTC.”

– Anwar Gubara
Protection Officer, Protection of Civilians, UNMIS Khartoum/HQ

“I will not hesitate to unreservedly recommend IPDTC programs for all actors in the peacebuilding field. I dare say that without it you stand the risk of missing the mark, with it your chance of success in your endeavors are quite significantly enhanced!”

– Paul Ebikwo
Civil Affairs Officer, UNAMID, Sudan

“The knowledge, skill and support the organization has brought to bolster the skills and approach of individual officers like myself has enabled us to learn and apply a more rigorous approach to our work. This has been inspiring and rewarding on both a professional and personal level.”

– Sabitha Raju
Good Offices Section, Commonwealth Secretariat

“I found the course to be expertly taught and efficiently administered. The content was germane and perfectly designed to be of immediate utility to the practitioner and theorist alike.”

– Lt. Col. Justin Holt
Stabilisation Unit, UK

“This training provides a level of professional skills transferring that cannot be found in the peacebuilding community anywhere else. Coupled with the charming staff and high quality operations, this training is not to be missed.”

– Micael Bogar
Chemonics International, USA