This is the annual month-long training institute organized by GLPI in the month of October and usually held in Gitega, Burundi. Participants come from the Great Lakes region or anywhere across Africa. The training, which is done in both English and French, is comprised of eight week-long course modules on peacebuilding and organizational and community development which participants could choose from. The full month includes classroom-based discussions, group activities, field visits, week-end teambuilding activities, panel presentations, special learning sessions, opening and closing ceremonies, football match and cultural solidarity night. There is an option to attend the entire month or only certain weeks. 

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Update: The October 2021 Institute is scheduled to be held 4-29 October 2021.

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Peacebuilding Track

Conflict Analysis for Peacebuilding Impact 

Week One

Fundamental Frameworks for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Week Two

Understanding and Response to Stress and Trauma

Week Three

Conflict Sensitivity and Do-No-Harm Approaches

Week Four

Organizational and Community Development Track

Organizational and Community Leadership

Week One

Fund Raising and Resource Mobilization Strategies

Week Two

Project Design, Implementation and Management

Week Three

Monitoring, Evaluation,  and Learning

Week Four


Issa Sadi Ebombolo

Peacebuilding Coordinator, MCC Zambia and Malawi

Dr. Mulanda Jimmy Juma

Country Representative, MCC DRC and Angola

Rev. Dr. Ray Motsi

President, Theological College of Zimbabwe

William Kiptoo

Peacebuilding Coordinator, MCC Kenya

Rogers Odima

Board Member, Change Agents for Peace International Kenya

Christine Sumog-oy

Peacebuilding Coordinator, MCC Burundi/Rwanda

Dr. Jean Baptiste Habonimana

Lecturer, Université Sagesse d'Afrique Burundi

Jessica Lembelembe

Senior Staff,

Congo Initiative DRC


  • Classroom Discussions and Group Activities

  • Learning Tours and Community Visits

  • Teambuilding Activities

  • Panel Presentations 

  • Special Learning Sessions

  • Visit to Cultural and Historical Sites

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies

  • Cultural Solidarity Night

  • Football Match or Sports Day

  • Tree Planting 

  • Morning Devotions

  • Organization Presentations


Agatutu Conference Center, Gitega, Burundi


Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the field of peace and development work, especially (but not limited) in the African Great Lakes Region;

Minimum of high school or secondary level of education;

Competency in either French or English both in verbal and written communication;

Willingness to participate in an intentional learning environment and clear understanding of goals for the training;

Compelling description of plans on how the skills and strategies learned from the training can be applied in their respective communities;

Open to healthy discussions and dialogues in a multi-cultural environment; and

Commitment to peace, non-violence and reconciliation.






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