Interpeace to run second Senior Level Peacebuilding Course

November 5, 2010

Enhancing Leadership in Peacebuilding: 2nd Senior Level Peacebuilding Course 31 October 2010 – 03 November 2010.

In partnership with Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and UNITAR

Although the body of knowledge about peacebuilding is growing, a lack of clarity about what makes peacebuilding effective persists. Similarly, considerable knowledge exists on leadership, but fails to permeate in the peacebuilding field.

Leaders in peacebuilding will come together at the end of October for 4 days to enhance their understanding of effective peacebuilding and leadership.

Participants will include: those in senior positions in a national government, parliament, a governmental institution, or commissions; influential actors from institutions or movements such as NGOs, trade unions, women’s groups, media outlets, business associations or professional associations; senior peacebuilding actors from traditional or religious structures or networks; and senior personnel in intergovernmental organisations such as the UN, African Union, Organisation of American States, ASEAN, European Union that are directly engaged in political, civil affairs, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding missions or tasks.

The course will enable participants to:

  • develop strategic level thinking in relation to peacebuilding;
  • assure comprehensive understanding of the latest trends in effective peacebuilding;
  • determine factors conducive to ‘sustainable peace’;
  • create an environment in which participants can share and take stock of lessons learned;
  • emphasize the role of effective leaders in the promotion of peacebuilding in violence-affected countries;
  • strengthen their styles and skills of leadership so that they can effectively deal with concrete peacebuilding challenges;
  • develop consensus building between civilian and armed forces, ‘internal’ and ‘external’, as well as governmental and non-governmental actors by playing to their strengths;
  • stress the importance of a common vision among all actors for society to gain broad ownership of its own reconstruction and revitalization; and
  • provide a focused understanding on how to translate strategic-level thinking into practical processes and measures.

For full details see the brochure.

Topics covered will include:

• Sustainability of peace
• Effective peacebuilding
• Roles of international and external actors
• Peacebuilding ownership
• Building consensus
• Leadership styles
• Leading effective peacebuilding processes: from vision to  implementation

Applications have been closed.

Course Leaders:

Dr Caty ClĂŠment, Head of the Conflict and Peacebuilding Programme, GCSP

Koenraad Van Brabant, Head of Reflective Practice and Learning, Interpeace