Customised peace trainings

The International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) provides a wide range of specialised training programmes which can be customised for the exact needs and interests of requesting governments, organisations, 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 Organisation 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 organisations, agencies and ministries.

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, post-war recovery and peace consolidation engagements.

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

  • Advanced Mediation and Peacemaking / Peace Processes
  • Negotiations & Mediation Training for Senior Leadership
  • Dialogue Processes in Peacebuilding
  • Systemic Peacebuilding
  • Community-Based Dialogue and Peace Processes
  • Conflict Analysis & Intelligence
  • Post-War Recovery, Stabilisation and Peace Consolidation
  • Early Warning, Preparedness and Prevention of Armed Conflicts
  • Prevention of Electoral and Political Violence
  • Strategic Planning and Design of Peace Operations
  • Designing Peacebuilding Programmes
  • Improving Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peace Operations
  • Strategic Thinking, Scenario Development and Planning and Futures Forecasting
  • Leadership in Complex Conflicts
  • Crisis Prevention and Management
  • Setting up a Crisis Management / Prevention Mission
  • Monitoring & Evaluating Peace Operations
  • Gender and Peacebuilding
  • Youth and Peacebuilding
  • Pre-Deployment Preparedness Training
The specific content of each programme may be combined or adjusted for the exact needs of your organisation, agency or ministry. Training programmes are generally provided for between 8 and 40 participants and may last from 2 days to 4 weeks. Longer-term support can also include a series of training and professional development programmes intended to help organisations/agencies and missions develop improved and consolidated capabilities. IPDTC specialises in the development of customised tools and methodologies which can be applied to improve impact and effectiveness, post-programme 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 customised, targeted support to addressing key challenges and issues and assisting the organisation 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.

Since 2003 IPDTC training and consultancy services were requested and commissioned by (among others):

  • United Nations Agencies & Missions
  • Regional & Inter-Governmental Organisations
  • National Governments & Ministries
  • GIZ
  • DED
  • Terre des Hommes
  • Save the Children Alliance
  • Laboratories for Peace (Mexico)
  • Alliance for Peace (Nepal)
  • forumZFD Germany
  • Forum for Democracy (Burma/Myanmar)
  • NOVA
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • One Text Initiative (Sri Lanka)
  • The Institute for Eurodemocracy (Cyprus)
  • Centre for European Studies (Cyprus)
  • York University (UK)
  • School of International Service, American
  • University (USA)
  • Royal Roads University (Canada)
  • United Nations University for Peace (Costa Rica)
  • United Nations University Tokyo (Japan)

Operational, Strategic, Accompanied, from the Institutional to the Grassroots level

PATRIR has an extensive background in providing specialised trainings designed for UN, EU, and governmental institutions, as well as NGOs and field practitioners globally. This includes both practical training for organisations rooted in addressing exact conditions and conflicts in their context; and strategic training to assist organisations and movements to develop effective strategies to achieve real change and impact in their context. Importantly, our approach to peacebuilding is also embedded in a deeper understanding and breadth of experience in working with conflict – and seeing how nonviolent actions and proactive engagement can contribute to transforming the dynamics, drivers and relationships in conflict.

Organisational Development, Coaching, 24/7 Support

Our support also goes far beyond simply training. We have worked with a wide range of movements, institutions and organisations to help them build and develop their organisation, including support for strategic planning, institutional development, and assistance (guidance, coaching, training). Importantly, a major challenge many organisations and movements face is how badly structured they are – that the way the work itself becomes a hindrance and doesn’t support what they are working for. This is an area we’ve engaged in extensively, from early support to the Popular Committees in Palestine to working with organisations inside Syria all the way to assisting the Commonwealth Secretariat over 3 years to restructure and improve their good offices and mediation. In addition, we also provide long-term coaching and support – both one-on-one (to individuals) and to organisations, both in person when in their communities/countries but also ‘at a distance’ over skype, WhatsApp, Viber, e-mail – staying in regular contact and being available to help, listen, and work with them through issues and challenges they may face.

For more information or to request IPDTC programmes, please write to: [email protected].