CONTACT South Asia
The CONTACT South Asia program focuses on the history of peace and conflicts in the SAARC region with special attention to issues of national, religious, ethnic, gender, cultural, and class divisions. The South Asian dynamics of peace and conflict will be placed in an international context, with discussions on such issues as the Global Peace Index, nonviolent movements for change, and case studies of successful conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions in regions of deep-rooted conflict.
- Conflict analysis
- Conflict management skills and techniques
- Conflict-sensitive development
- Inter-group dialogue
- Transitional justice and reconciliation
- Negotiation and mediation
Additional elective courses will build on the knowledge and skills gained in the core course to develop specific and in-depth skills in the field of peacebuilding, development, and mediation. Electives courses offered in the past have included:
- Peacebuilding and Development
This workshop examines the deeper, less visible roots of social problems and explores practical ways to activate the transformative potential of communities grappling with protracted conflict and socioeconomic inequity. Drawing on extensive international experience as a practitioner of peacebuilding and development, the instructor introduces a range of inspiring examples from different parts of the world. The workshop is highly participatory and features challenging case studies and group exercises designed to open new horizons of thinking and social interaction.
- Skills in Negotiation and Mediation
Combining theory and practice sessions, this four-day interactive training supports participants in discovering their "mediative" side and in identifying ways to use these skills in their own workplaces and communities. Participants and trainers are encouraged to learn from each other and to bring their own expertise, conflicts, and personal experiences to this experiential learning course.
These skills and tools can help peacebuilders in preventing inter-communal conflicts from escalating into problems that threaten regional, national, and even global security. Citizen activists, NGO leaders, academics, government employees, social service providers, and others will increase their knowledge and approaches to peacebuilding, and gain a greater understanding of and empathy for their counterparts throughout the SAARC region.
877.257.7751, extension 3433
PO Box 676, 1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA