Civilian peacebuilding plays a crucial role in efforts to transform violent conflict, promote peace, rebuild war-torn societies and prevent the recurrence of violence. This postgraduate course provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding. It analyzes theories, concepts, debates, policies and practices in:
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Finding a way to deal with a violent past following events such as civil war, the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation, is often argued to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and rule of law. International advocacy networks, norms and legal frameworks support national and local actors in the design of mechanisms and processes like truth commissions, tribunals or commemorations. The interactions of these actors shape whether a particular dealing with the past process succeeds in being locally relevant and effective.
A well-conceived peace project should show a way out of situations characterised by violence and towards a non-violent coexistence. For this to succeed, strategies will be developed that take the socio-political and socio-psychological circumstances and developments into account. Violent conflict parties should also be involved in the transformation process. Knowledge and expertise from the fields of communication, negotiation and mediation are just as important here as the knowledge gained in previous conflict analyses and impact assessments.
At the end of this course participants are able to • reflect upon and express their own role in processes of exclusion and inclusion at personal, interpersonal and structural levels in a global context; • critically reflect on the role of prejudices, power inequalities and ideologies in peace work and to begin to develop strategies to counter their negative effects; • explain and build upon the anti-bias and social inclusion approach in their own work context.
Peace workers face threats not only because of where they work but also because of what type of work they do. This training aims at proactively managing security on an organizational level while touching aspects of personal security. Therefore coordination or management level staff of NGOs and others who are responsible for security of fieldworkers or activists will benefit most.
What is needed for businesses to operate responsibly in volatile areas? The course explores this question from various angles. It discusses state of the art international standards on business and human rights and ways for companies to implement them. It sheds light on the roles and strategies of companies, governments, international organizations and civil society in promoting responsible business practices.