Welcome to our October 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Trainings in Burundi! 

Welcome to our October 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Trainings in Burundi! 

Deadline of Applications (extended): September 22, 2019

Course Modules

Here are the course modules that will be offered by GLPI for the October 2019 Institute. Two classes will be simultaneously held during each week. Participants will choose one course module for each week, either under Peacebuilding Track, or Organizational and Community Development Track. Participants can opt to attend the entire month, or only certain weeks. Course descriptions, including topics, are found below. 



The PEACEBUILDING TRACK is offering courses focused on enhancing capacities in strategic and inclusive peacebuilding processes at different levels of society and conflict transformation approaches at the structural, cultural, interpersonal and personal dimensions. The aim of this track is to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in conflict analysis, peacebuilding frameworks, trauma awareness and response, and conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm approaches. 


Week 1: September 30 to October 4, 2019


This course module provides an introduction to the understanding of the nature, dynamics, causes, actors, and contexts involving conflicts in the African Great Lakes Region. Participants will have the opportunity to learn different tools and approaches in understanding conflicts and assessing situations before making any interventions or responses not only at the local and national levels, but also at the regional level. Participants will also explore their own awareness of their capacities, resources, and opportunities for conflict assessments. 

Participants are expected to gain practical skills in conflict analysis, situational assessments, and self-awareness, and to have a better overview of the conflicts in the Great Lakes Region.

Topics include, but not limited, to the following:

  • Understanding conflict, its nature, dynamics, causes, actors and contexts

  • Conflict analysis and assessment tools 

  • Principles and elements of effective conflict analysis and assessment

  • Challenges involved in conflict analysis and assessments

  • How conflict analysis and assessment results can inform peacebuilding planning

  • Conflict assessment lenses and self-awareness


(Negotiation, Mediation, and Reconciliation)

Week 2: October 7-11, 2019


After learning conflict analysis and assessments, this course module prepares participants to different forms of peacebuilding interventions and the spectrum of different responses to conflicts and violence, which include conflict management, conflict resolution, and conflict transformation. Participants will gain better understanding of the importance of holistic, integrated, and sustainable forms of peacebuilding and will also learn about current trends and critical directions for sustainable peace.

Participants are expected to gain practical skills in different peacebuilding approaches, particularly negotiation, mediation, and reconciliation.

Topics include, but not limited, to the following:

  • Strategic frameworks for peacebuilding

  • Spectrum of peacebuilding interventions and conflict responses

  • Negotiation

  • Mediation

  • Reconciliation



Week 3: October 14-18, 2019


Peacebuilding work demands a lot of care due to several forms of stress and trauma not only out of personal experiences but also based on the experiences of the communities and individuals we work with. Through this course module, participants will take the time to reflect more deeply on their peacebuilding work by creating safe space in which they can examine both personal and community stress and trauma and explore different ways in which they can respond to stress and trauma in the African context which facilitate process for healing and reconciliation. 

This course module will also reflect more closely to the stress and trauma experienced by women and children, and how they survive violence and abuses. 

Topics include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Understanding stress and trauma

  • Understanding the reactions and effects of trauma in general and on women and children in particular

  • Understanding the responses to trauma and the healing process

  • Understanding the power of reconciliation in healing


Week 4: October 21-25, 2019


Peace and development work in conflict-prone and conflict-stricken communities can potentially bring negative impact and more harm and may aggravate local tensions and conflicts if done without being aware of and sensitive to local contexts, dynamics, and vulnerabilities of the communities. This course module will look into different conflict-sensitivity and do-no-harm approaches and explore experiences, lessons, and recommendations from various peace and development organizations in integrating these approaches into their programming. 

Topics include, but not limited, to the following:

  • Conflict-sensitivity approaches and project cycle

  • Do-No-Harm methodology

  • Peace and development

  • Integrating conflict sensitivity into peace and development programming


The ORGANIZATIONAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRACK is offering courses focused on enhancing organizational and community capacities for leading, planning, implementing, and sustaining peace and development programs in conflict-prone communities. The aim of this track is to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in leading organizations and communities, designing and implement projects, raising funds and mobilizing resources, and monitoring and evaluating impacts.


Week 1: September 30 to October 4, 2019


This course module allows the participants to explore different leadership styles, approaches, and principles both in organizational and community contexts. Participants will learn different strategies for problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication, teambuilding, and promoting advocacy and social change. Participants will also study different ethics of leadership such as transparency, accountability, and engagement with diversity and explore transformative ways of shared organizational responsibilities and community participation. 

Participants are expected to gain more practical skills in organizational and community leadership, including facilitating meetings, plannings, decision-makings, etc.

Topics include, but not limited, to the following:


  • Leadership approaches and principles, with emphasis on servant and transformative leadership

  • Creative problem-solving and decision making

  • Effective communication styles

  • Teambuilding activities

  • Importance of leadership in sustaining organizational and community work

  • Community participation

  • Global leadership examples and success stories

  • Leadership and stakeholder management 

  • Leadership and risk management

  • Leadership and time management

  • Leadership and cultural change



Week 2: October 7-11, 2019


This course module provides an introduction to different concepts and skills needed to effectively design, implement and manage projects related to peacebuilding and development leading to organizational success and delivering positive and sustainable change. Participants will study the project design process, from initiation, conceptualization, and planning to development, implementation and follow-up. Participants will also learn about theories of change, logical frameworks, success indicators, and designing projects with the integrated peacebuilding framework. 

Participants are expected to gain more practical skills in project design, implementation, and management, including setting project objectives, selecting project strategies, and integrated results framework. 

Topics include, but not limited, to the following:


  • Theories of change and results framework

  • Project design process map

  • Project Implementation cycle and plan

  • Organizational capacity and management plan

  • Post-project design activities

  • Reflection and learning



Week 3: October 14-18, 2019


This course module helps participants to acquire skills and strategies in raising funds and mobilizing resources to develop project ideas or scale up and sustain existing programs in peace and development.


Participants will learn strategies for strategic networking and effective grant search, proposal writing, and budget planning. Participants will look at different fund sources for non-government or civil society organizations and will also address the challenges related to resource dependence issues. 

During this course, participants will review the different elements of a successful grant proposal and will reflect on how to communicate effectively their project goals to potential donors. 

Topics include, but not limited, to the following:

  • Guide to donor search and proposal writing

  • Proposal writing principles

  • Fund raising strategies

  • Addressing resource dependence issues 

  • Challenges to resource mobilization


Week 4: October 21-25, 2019


This course module will assist participants in planning, designing, and implementing effective monitoring and evaluation strategies for their respective organizations. Participants will learn different monitoring and evaluation objectives, mechanisms, and frameworks, including developing baselines and indicators and carrying out learning methods to improve the quality and impact of work.

Participants will explore best practices and lessons learned from the monitoring and evaluation experiences of different peacebuilding and development programmes across different contexts. 

Topics include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Designing monitoring and evaluation plan

  • Monitoring and evaluation methodologies

  • Baselines and indicators of success 

  • Dynamic learning systems for impact

  • Evaluation and monitoring reports

GLPI is offering both peacebuilding and organizational and community development tracks as important and complementary learning processes in finding more effective and sustainable peace and development strategies in the African Great Lakes Region. Both tracks are founded on the concepts of sustainable peacebuilding with the goal to maximize learnings and impacts without harming communities and to encourage local assets, initiatives, and frameworks. Participants shall select the courses under either tracks based on their learning priorities and needs in their respective organizations and communities. 

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