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Enhancing Leadership for Peacebuilding

8th Senior Level Course on Peacebuilding

This five day leadership course provides an opportunity for current and potential leaders to enhance their understanding of sustainable peacebuilding and leadership styles. 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. This course provides an opportunity for practitioners to enhance their understanding of both leadership and sustainable peacebuilding.

This course has been run by the GCSP since 2009, in partnership with IPAT, an initiative of Interpeace, with the support of UNITAR, and on behalf of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

Key benefits for you

The course will enable you to:

  • Explore leadership styles and skills that effectively deal with peacebuilding challenges;
  • Challenge yourself in a safe environment in which you can share lessons learned and network;
  • Enhance your comprehensive understanding of the latest insights in sustainable peacebuilding.

Why you should attend

This course will provide nationals and internationals driving peacebuilding efforts with a safe environment where you can experience with your peers and experienced leaders acting as coaches, the leadership styles most effective in fluid post-conflict settings. Particular emphasis will be placed on collaborative and inspirational leadership methods.

Course curriculum

Seminar modules include:

1. Sustainable peacebuilding
2. Gender and leadership
3. Collaborative challenges for peacebuilding
4. Leadership for peacebuilding
5. Implementing leadership

Participant profile

The course targets current and potential leaders actively engaged in concrete peacebuilding challenges. The participants will be gender balanced and include government and non-government representatives, civilians, members of security forces and international actors.

Participants will stem from organisations actively involved in peacebuilding, such as:

  • National institutions, including government, parliament, ministries, commissions and the security sector
  • Civil society, including traditional and religious leaders, NGOs, INGOs, trade unions, media, business or professional associations and women’s groups
  • International organisations, including UN, AU, OAS, ASEAN, EU and the League of Arab States, etc.


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Deadline to apply: 15 August 2016


Geneva, Switzerland


The seminar is offered free of charge. All other expenses including lodging and travel are the responsibility of the participant. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available. Application deadline: 17 August 2016.

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Enhancing Leadership for Peacebuilding

Date 14 - 18 Nov 2016

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