Annual Conference of the human Security Division of the FDFA
This year, the annual conference of the human Security Division of the FDFA will be dedicated to the topic of political inclusion as a key to preventing violent extremism. Experts will identify the challenges linked to the prevention of violent extremism and explain the opportunities presented by focusing on prevention.
Easter March 2017
Several KOFF member organizations will join members of civil society in this year’s Easter March in Bern, which will take place on April 17, 2017 (Easter Monday). This year, its tagline will be: “My money leads to war. Pension funds and banks should stop supporting the arms trade”.
Register for the swisspeace Summer School on South Sudan
How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding the conflict dynamics in South Sudan, and how can insights from South Sudan advance academic research? The five-day summer school will focus on the main developments in South Sudan since independence in 2011 and the key actors and main drivers of conflict today. It explores how the ongoing armed conflict relates to previous civil wars and the lessons learned from peace and state building engagement taking place prior to independence. Specific topics relevant to the South Sudan context including state formation, local governance, peace mediation, civil society, and responsibility to protect will be centre stage. The Summer school will take place on July 3-7, 2017.
Conference on the role of civil society in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
After two meetings last October and February, Swiss organizations of the civil society will meet a third time in May to discuss their role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the possible creation of a civil society platform to take on this challenge. During this conference, governance options of such a platform will be presented and discussed. All Swiss civil society organizations are welcome to attend the event.
Shadow World – a documentary on the Arms Trade
Shadow world is a documentary which explores the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them. He will be shown at the Maison de la paix on May, 8.
KOFF members’ assembly 2017
Save the date! The KOFF members’ assembly will be held on the afternoon of May 31 2017 at the Ateliers Bollwerkstadt in Bern.
Rotary Foundation: call for application
The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded Rotary Peace Fellowship 2018. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving today’s global challenges. Up to 100 fellows are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers.
Register for the Human Rights & Conflict Transformation training
Despite wide recognition that the fields of human rights, peacebuilding and development work in and on similar contexts, they are often perceived as distinct disciplines. Get insights on the value of linking human rights and conflict transformation and learn from practical lessons and tools from both fields for use in project design, implementation and evaluation processes.
VOIX DES FEMMES 2017
VOIX DES FEMMES, a series of events held by TERRE DES FEMMES Switzerland, will be taking place for the eighth time in 2017. This year, the organization invites Yanar Mohammed, an Iraqi activist coming from Bagdad to tell us about women defending human and women’s rights in her country Iraq. She will be in Switzerland from June 8-14, 2017 and hold conferences in Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva.
CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Civilian peacebuilding plays a crucial role in efforts to transform violent conflict, promote peace, rebuild war-torn societies and prevent the recurrence of violence. This postgraduate course provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding and reflects critically on peacebuilding practices. It analyses theories, concepts, debates, policies and practices in peacebuilding & statebuilding; gender in conflict & peacebuilding; peacebuilding methodologies; peace mediation; dealing with the past & transitional justice, and business, conflict & human rights. The CAS consists of 21 course days (on Fridays/Saturdays) and runs from September 2017 to August 2018.
Register for the Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course
Finding a way to deal with a violent past following events such as civil war, the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation, is often argued to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and rule of law. In this swisspeace course, participants will learn about the design and implementation of effective and transformative dealing with the past processes, get to know ‘local’ approaches to dealing with the past as well as ‘international’ norms and frameworks, understand processes of memorialization and learn from victim-perpetrators relationships in contexts of transition.