Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work:
Lessons Learned, What Works in the Field and Core Skills

About the programme

Making Mediation & Peace Processes Work: Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies and Challenging Conflicts is a unique three-day Advanced Professional Training designed for governments, UN agencies and missions, and national and international organisations working with mediation, negotiations, dialogue processes (from community to national and inter-party levels), peacemaking, and peace processes. The programme is intended for expert mediators and parties to mediation and negotiation processes seeking to identify measures to strengthen and improve their processes.

Facilitated by an expert practitioner, the programme will assist those involved in mediation and peacemaking efforts – before, during or postwar – to address key challenges and explore practical ways of improving the quality and results of their mediation and peacemaking processes.

Carried out in cooperation with the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) of PATRIR, the programme is also designed to actively assist mediation and peace processes. Technical Assistance is provided to ensure customized support for participating experts, representatives and organisations and agencies. In several cases, both / multiple mediation parties and mediators have taken part in the programme to assist them by providing a space to step out from their normal contexts and to go in depth, in a facilitated process, into improving their meditation and peacemaking skills, methods and approaches.

Participants will

  • Work with leading practitioners, government and conflict party leadership involved in mediation processes in complex environments from around the world.
  • Develop and Design Outcomes for
  • Enabling Resolution and Transformation of Complex Conflicts
  • Enhance understanding, coordination and coherence in peacemaking in the field and between policy and practice.
  • Addressing both top-level formal and informal negotiations, mediation and peace processes the program will also explore how processes can be made more effective by linking with other tracks and the work that can be done by civil society actors, donors, international agencies, national parliaments, analysts, media and other to support mediation processes and create an enabling environment for transition and resolution.
  • Advance knowledge on preparation, design, development, implementation and follow-through in mediation and peace processesAddress the links, gaps and opportunities in multi-track dialogue, mediation, peacemaking and peacebuildingDevelop practical measures for improving practice and addressing gaps in current mediation and peacemaking practice

Key skills

  • Designing effective mediation, dialogue and peace processes
  • Technical Aspects of Mediation & Peace Processes
  • Dealing with crisis, challenge and difficulties
  • Reaching Agreements & From Agreements to Implementation