Applied Conflict Transformation Course


Applied Conflict Transformation Course

The Applied Conflict Transformation course brings together practitioners from across the continent to share experiences and deepen their understanding of conflict transformation. The course is offered twice every year.

The workshop approach to learning uses a fine balance of pedagogical methods that includes analysis from specialist resource people, inputs on critical conflict issues facing the continent, conceptual frameworks, detailed case studies and creative participatory exercises.

Specifically the course aims to:

  • Use a conflict transformation approach  to facilitate  learning processes with individuals , organisations and communities across the African continent;
  • Introduce tools and skills for analysing conflicts that can assist in identifying intervention strategies to reduce and prevent violence;
  • Use a conflict transformation  approach to provide an interconnected dynamic systems lens that informs how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us and how we see the world itself;
  • Demonstrate the value of long-term processes that connect the past to the future by emphasising how analysis can be used to strategise effective approaches to engaging with conflict in the present;
  • Use a conflict transformation approach to analyse the interconnected dynamics of conflict systems;
  • Design spaces that deliberately cultivate a peoples culture of humanity reflective of the values, attitudes and relationships inspired by our shared vision of the future;
  • Expose participants  to academic lectures, bringing in specialist resource people and  historical tours that facilitate debate, discussions and a deeper analysis on issues using South Africa and its connections to the world as a case-study;
  • Promote a deeper look at land, natural resources, poverty and inequality as drivers of conflict;
  • Nurture a critical self-reflective sense of individual growth connected to a transformative agenda focused on empowered relationships between people and the empowering institutions that collectively enable a culture of people-to-people solidarity;
  • Share ideas that cultivate the notion that one cannot inspire others by trying to be inspiring; inspiring others comes from being your very own inspiring self. Conflict transformation starts with the self;
  • Develop a vision for Africa that reflects African values and capacities for peace.

Using examples from across the continent, the course has been designed specifically for people who want to focus on conflict in Africa and connect this focus to the global context. Most of our courses also include participants from contexts outside of Africa, who are able to adapt the learnings, and add their contributions to perspectives that asist in making the lessons from the course globally relevant.

The course includes a set of analytical skills and strategies for analysing and engaging with conflict, as well as a focus on insights derived from new forms of resistance and change and their implications for Africa and beyond. The workshop includes field visits to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill with specialist resource people coming in to give presentations on relevant issues designed in response to the expressed needs of participants during the application and selection process.

Participants should bring to the course case studies and examples of conflict transformation from theirown experience and research. Throughout the course there is a strong focus on the need for individualsand organisations to form learning networks, and coalitions and alliances with others working in similarfields.  Another important element focuses on the self, encouraging personal reflection and development.

Please visit the Upcoming events pages for more information on the next ACT course.