Testimonials

Over the years and through its programmes and training courses, IPDTC has received comprehensive feedback from participants, partners and colleagues. The following are excerpts from the reviews and feedback received; for more information, please see our IPDTC Participant Reviews brochure.
“Thank you for a most enjoyable and rewarding programme. Making Peace Processes Work is an ideal overview of options, approaches and strategies for Executive Leaders in government departments, religious and secular communities, NGOs and academia, who are venturing into conflict mediation and peacebuilding. It is also beneficial for those of us who have engaged in peacebuilding for a number of years, and wish to ensure that we continue to work at the cutting‐edge of praxis.”

– Professor Brian Walker MBE
The University of Winchester

“Under your leadership, the five-day training [Preventive Diplomacy and Advanced Mediation] 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 advance mediation entail, both conceptually as well as specific to UNIFIL’s requirements in south Lebanon.”

– Milos Strugar
Director, Political and Civil Affairs, UNIFIL

“IPDTC offers high quality training that meets the training needs of professionals working for peace. The professionalism and charisma of the trainers adds value, along with the emphasis on the expertise of participants. The training is valuable to all professionals working for peace including knowledge, tools and understanding of key actors in the field. In Cluj, the trainings were well organised and had a localised approach that emphasised making professionals feeling at home in the city.”

– Erica Belanger
Forum for Youth Advocacy, UK

“I am feeling more confident when talking about armed conflicts and peace building in different settings and recognise that more knowledge gives more confidence in believing in positive changes and searching for them in every day life. I have increased interest in learning in this area. I have also increased confidence in dialoguing and interest in finding about that. A strong wish for contributing to peace building.”

– Annette Giertsen
Senior Adviser, Save the Children Norway

“The training was of high quality: Topics covered were exhaustive: The trainer was very knowledgeable and articulate. Support services (the provision of on-spot materials as well as facilitation) were of high standard, too. The methodology used allowed participants to grasp concepts, grapple with tools and be practical in order to have a hands-on approach in measuring impact and effectiveness of programs/projects, especially in peace-building. Some of the issues remembered include preparation, implementation and utilization phases of Monitoring & Evaluation, Baseline, Indicators, Assumptions, as well as elements of M&E on the vertical logic of the Log frame.”

– James Giahwue
Civil Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

“I just wanted to pass along my thanks and appreciation to the entire team. It was such a pleasant and hospitable environment from pick ups at the train station to fruit kabobs during breaks and to getting assistance form an intern on how to find my hotel in Barcelona! Always service with a smile as well. Keep up the great work.The training was the best I’ve attended and love PATRIR’s approach to the field of peacebuilding. Although they were long days, the sessions were always interesting and kept us engaged and I felt like I could keep on going all night. I can really see how the training has evolved and improvements made over the years because it was excellent from beginning to end.”

– Terry Chemij
Fellowship for African Relief, Canada

“I believe that shared experience of these one to two weeks training, brainstorming, and vivid, open-minded discussions not only broadened horizons of the participants, but also equipped with new strength and energy all those people committed to contribute – due to their own efforts – to making our globe, one’s region, one’s country a safer and happier place to live.”

– Natalya Belitser
Researcher, Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy, Ukraine

“The PATRIR training was valuable on both the professional and personal levels, interacting with other peace builders reaffirmed my belief not only that I was doing something meaningful and true to my principles but also a career that I am passionate about. The vibrant dialogue, friendships nurtured and anecdotes from personal experiences from the field were an eye opener but most of all the precious few days of training gave me the chance to put my thoughts to paper in a way that I had never done before. What made this experience so valuable was that whether peace building was seen from a donor lens or through the eyes of a participant from a country experiencing conflict or in a post-conflict context we all found common ground in a ‘safe space’ with warm hosts from PATRIR.”

– Lana Captan Ghandour
UNDP, Lebanon

“Just came across this three-word sentence “Learning is digesting” and couldn’t resist sending you this email to tell you that day after day I am realizing how important the DPP training has been to me. I also realized the importance of giving time for things to sink in. The training has given me great tools that i am using in my daily workin designing PB projects, or in reporting to donors, etc. am now, more than ever before, able to grasp complex ideas and concepts and able to represent them or convey them in a much clearer fashion. Best part, I am able to enjoy my work even more, especially when I get to tweak, twist and bend some of the existing tools, or represent them in nice big wall sized visuals, or sometimes create some of my own basic models. Thank you !!”

– Jean-Paul Chami
Program Manager, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Specialist and Trainer, Forum for Development, Culture & Dialogue (FDCD), Lebanon

“Thanks for the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful training. The trainer is well experienced and showed lots of authority in his field which was very import to the success of the program. The support provided was overwhelming. As for the methodology, at first the content and materials were unabatedly flowing like a formal academic program but was later checked and changed into an interactive forum following feedbacks we provided. Important issues that reflects my experience of the training includes, Strategic Planning, Conflict assessment and Baseline study, types of change (desired and actual) and Monitoring and Evaluation.”

– Mark Howe
Civil Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission to Liberia (UNMIL)

“The training was very relevant to me because it added additional knowledge and skills in Peacebuilding. The presentation by the trainer even made it easier to comprehend. The quality of support given during the program was very encouraging and satisfactory. The quality of methodology and content was well presented. More practical engagement of participants in group work enables me to quickly understand the concept.”

– Richelieu Wollor
Civil Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

“Participating at the IPDTC Autumn Peace Academy in Cluj in 2009 was a very inspiring experience, especially when you come from the field. Seeing things from the outside always help to identify gaps in our daily work and this training gave me tools to overcome them. It is incredible to see how other people from different backgrounds and professional experiences interact and react to similar conflict and violent situations. Very touching to see how many people are committed to the same cause, to build peace one way or the other to make this world a better place to live in. It takes time to think out of the box. However, a week isolated in Cluj was a good opportunity to analyze what I was actually doing in the field and get ideas on how to adjust or improve the different projects that I work on. Learning is always an enriching experience. And when you are able to apply something in your daily work, as I did, despite the time constraints, agendas and difficult contexts, then it makes a difference. Beside the theoretical part and practical exercises, I will never forget PATRIR’s staff commitment to peace nor the other participants engagement as well.”

– Panagiota Voidonikola
Project Officer, IQOC, UNOPS, Jordan

“The DPP Training Program provided me with a very helpful overview over the state-of-art tools for conflict analysis and designing and evaluating peacebuilding programs and projects. It gave me also a chance to work with these tools, offering thereby an excellent possibility for reflection and improvement of my work. The discussions with other participants allowed for a deeper understanding of the country context (Nepal) as well as to get acquainted with the work of many organizations working in the same field.” … “Very insightful, down to earth, realistic, good mix of practice and theory, well designed.” … “It is a very good training which has the perfect blind with the theories and the practicality. Since all he group works was with our own context which has help us to give more knowledge on reality.” … “A rare and enriching opportunity” .. “A rare and enriching opportunity” … “It was very wonderful. Learned a lot of further consolidated knowledge & will help in designing effective program” … “Lets do things together not in isolations, minimize overlaps, build synergy, leverage resources.”

– Collection of feeback from participants to the Designing Peacebuilding Programmes training, Kathmandu, Nepal
Organisational affiliations: Red Cross Society-Bangladesh, Embassy of Switzerland-Nepal, NRC-Pakistan, SFCG-Nepal, CARE-Nepal, MAHUREE-Nepal, International Alert-Nepal, etc.