Systems Approaches in Peacebuilding – Reflecting on Peace Practice II Training

October 10, 2016 — October 14, 2016

This 5-day advanced course focuses on systems approaches to conflict analysis and peacebuilding strategy.  This includes an introduction to systems thinking, practicing conflict analysis from a systems perspective, identifying points of leverage to create change in a conflict system, and entry points for programmatic strategies for intervention.  The workshop is very interactive, with many opportunities to practice the application of systems tools.

We welcome professionals with a mid-to senior level, technical, managerial, or policy role in designing and implementing peace initiatives to grasp this opportunity to:

  • learn systems approaches and tools and how to apply them to conflict analysis and peacebuilding strategy, and to program design
  • learn how to create a change in a conflict system by developing leverage points for change and identifying entry points for programming based on systems analysis
  • practice conflict analysis from a systems perspective and the application of systems tools
  • exchange experiences of creative problem solving with dedicated professionals from around the world
  • be exposed to the perspectives of those who work in various positions such as: advisors, senior researchers, program officers, project coordinators, etc.

This course will address the following questions:

  1. Why is a systemic approach to conflict analysis and peacebuilding strategy design important?
  2. What is the rationale for our chosen approach – and is it valid in the context?
  3. What are points of leverage in the given situation? how can we best intervene in a conflict system?
  4. With whom should we work? which actors and stakeholders are most important?
  5. What should we work on to have the most impact on peace and conflict in a given context?


Training Info

Date: October 10, 2016 — October 14, 2016

Application deadline: September 7, 2016

Location: Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona International Peace Resource Centre (BIPRC)


The course fee is 2250 USD.  This fee includes accommodation in a single standard room (with basin but shared bathroom facilities) at the Residencia Sant Felip Neri in Barcelona, from the 9 to the 14 of October (6 nights); meals and refreshments during the training; and all course materials.  It does not include the cost of traveling to Barcelona.


  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience with designing and/or conducting conflict analysis processes, and with peacebuilding strategy and program design.

How to apply

After reading and understanding the course details shared in this document, email the following to Jasmine Walovitch ([email protected]) and Eva Lopez Amat ([email protected]):

  1. A one-page cover letter,
  2. A current resume or curriculum vitae, and
  3. A completed application form.


Sweta Velpillay is a Senior Advisor on Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness at CDA. Over the past 10 years she has worked in different roles as conflict advisor, program manager, facilitator and trainer, as well as charged with designing and managing peacebuilding programs and developing and influencing policy. She is experienced in managing large-scale, complex programs and applying peacebuilding expertise in acute humanitarian and development settings. Sweta has worked in and supported teams in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.

Dr. Cordula Reimann, head and founder of core, has worked as consultant, facilitator, trainer, researcher and lecturer in conflict sensitivity, change management, gender and conflict transformation for nearly 20 years. She has worked for different international and Swiss governmental agencies and NGOs in and outside Europe. In 2011 Cordula set up her own consultancy, coaching and training business called “core”.

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