Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Disaster Management
A five-day training programme organised by
the Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management
of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
12th - 16th of April 2010
Emergencies in the South Asian region particularly have increased in the last ten years including disasters and conflicts. Natural disasters have more than doubled since the 1980s and apart from natural disasters, which are partially human-made; the region has also witnessed conflicts. Since 2000, the world has witnessed over 35 major conflicts and some 2,500 disasters. Every year, more than 35 million people are displaced as a result of war, crime, political unrest, and natural disasters and there were over 14 million refugees at the beginning of 2008 most of them originating from and residing in the developing countries.
Wide-ranging challenges, such as persistent poverty, rising epidemics, terrorism, environmental degradation and the collapse of social systems compounded with high levels of violence call for specialized and specific responses. However, most of the aforementioned challenges and issues are intertwined and interdependent and hence cannot be addressed in isolation. Nor can they be effectively addressed without dealing with the internal tensions or divergent interests. Further dimensions are added by processes of political transition and the forces of globalisation that have led to rising ethnic tensions and identity politics, especially in the midst of economic crisis. Although development policies are designed to eradicate poverty, injustice and minimize the destruction of natural resources, as well as contribute to peaceful resolution of crises and conflicts rooted in poor development and social transition, newer approaches, effective instruments and efficient services will need to be further developed on a continuous basis to respond to ever new conflicts.
While each conflict is unique owing to different underlying causes and trajectory leading to different impacts and solutions, it is possible to identify some common threads on how these conflicts have evolved and can be addressed. Careful examination of the causes, the stakeholders, the stages of the conflict, the external factors and the context is required to gain insight into opportunities for interventions in the form of mediation or preventive diplomacy, whereas other strategies could help transform the conflict leading to stability and peace. There is a need therefore to create tools, mechanisms and methods to manage conflicts and find common areas of interest, which are central to conflict transformation efforts.
Conflict transformation processes cut across a range of initiatives including violence prevention, restoring social cohesion, peace-building and reconciliation. in order to ensure that communities and societies can live more equitably and peacefully together. Conflict transformation processes help in finding common ground and focus on building the structures essential to prevent conflict and achieving sustainable peace. However, very often conflict resolution initiatives focus on short-term solutions that fail to address deeprooted anxieties and do not support or translate into conflict transformation. There is a variety of factors underlying any conflict which requires strategic as well as multipronged responses. It is impossible for any one stakeholder or institution to respond at all stages and to every aspect of the conflict. Hence, conflict transformation is a multi stakeholder led process operating both locally and internationally.
Increasingly, it has been recognised that short term solutions are shortlived and continue to threaten peace and security resulting in resurgence of violence in post-conflict societies impacting other parts of the region. Hence, there is a need for the regional and international communities to work towards political solutions and framework for sustainable peace.
This training programme seeks to combine an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of conflict transformation from a regional and international perspective offering participants an opportunity to A. gain a conceptual understanding about conflicts and conflict transformation, B. learn about ways of integrating conflict management into existing development processes and C. learn the significance of human rights principles in conflict transformation.
- To understand the complexities of various conflicts.
- To situate the understanding of peace and conflict within the broader context of development work.
- To develop an understanding of the range of skills required in addressing conflicts across social, cultural and political contexts.
- To identify forces that trigger and fuel inter-communal differences resulting in violence and extremism.
- To appreciate and begin to develop skills in conflict transformation such as communication, negotiation, facilitation, mediation and reconciliation.
- To understand the significance of regional and international organizations, civil society, academia, experts and media in the mediation, management and transformation of conflicts and peacebuilding.
- Participants are able to identify issues, needs, interests, differences (positions) and common approaches among stakeholders in peacebuilding.
- Participants will begin to develop insights into skills required for sustaining peace and for conflict transformation.
- Participants will have an opportunity to explore their communication skills in facilitating conflict transformation processes.
(i) Conflict transformation and peace-building: understanding the dynamics of conflict; understanding the processes of negotiation and communication, strategies of peacebuilding and conflict escalation.
(ii) Human rights awareness: the idea of social justice and human rights and a rights based approach to peacebuilding.
(iii) Gender concerns in conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
(iv) Cultural issues: the importance of cultural awareness in conflict transformation and social reconstruction; the cultural content of conflict escalation; the significance of religion, language, gender; the central importance of 'identity' in the dynamics of contemporary conflicts;
The programme is meant for middle and senior level professionals in government and non-governmental organizations engaged in development work in general and disaster management in particular.
Total number of seats
The programme will admit only 30 participants.
The medium of instruction of the programme is English.
The programme design includes presentations by resource persons followed and interspersed with spaces for interaction and experience sharing, problem-solving exercises, group work and film-screenings.
Leading experts from the sector with rich and diverse experience of organizing such interventions and capacity building programmes will be invited to facilitate the sessions.
The training programme is residential and will be facilitated over 5 full days (12th to 16th of April 2010).
Selected participants will have to pay a registration fees of Rs. 7500, which will cover costs of food, accommodation, training material and field trip expenses, if any. Fees are payable by Bank Demand Draft in favour of 'Tata Institute of Social Sciences', payable in Mumbai which are to be couriered to:
Ms. Evon D'Souza
Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Malti and Jal A D Naoroji Campus
Deonar, Mumbai – 400 088.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
V.N Purav Marg, Deonar,
Mumbai – 400 088
Aspiring candidates need to fill in and send the registration form which can be downloaded and posted on the TISS address mentioned in the FEES section or forwarded via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms need to be accompanied with an updated resume of the candidate
Last date for registration – Monday, 31st March, 2010
Tata Institute of Social Sciences:
Established in 1936, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has demonstrated pioneering work in teaching, research, training and field action in promoting sustainable, equitable and participatory development. TISS has been involved in voluntary action in response to most national emergencies in India, the post partition refugee crisis in 1947 being one of the first such instances.
Consolidating nearly 60 years of work in disasters, the Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM) was established with a vision of enhancing disaster studies in India and working towards a holistic, accountable and participatory system of disaster response and mitigation. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on the 6th of May, 2006.
Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM)
Disaster Management is emerging globally as a full-fledged academic discipline. Since disaster response has primarily been a practitioner's domain, its boundaries have been permeable. people from diverse backgrounds – including relief workers, engineers, social scientists and medical professionals – have worked in disaster management. This has facilitated the growth of disaster management as a substantive field. However, as a field of practice, it demands specialization to meet with the dynamic challenges posed by disasters and the contexts in which they occur. Recognizing this the Centre offers a wide variety of educational and training programmes, undertakes disaster interventions, engages in research, publication and policy work.
For queries please call Ms. Evon D'Souza, Training Assistant, JTCDM on 022-25525880 between 10.30 am and 5.30 pm (Mon to Fri except public holidays)
Write to: The Training Coordinator - email@example.com
1. Payment should be made by Demand Draft in favour of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, payable at Mumbai and mailed to the above mentioned address.
2. Course fee can be paid through bank transfer to Account No. 10895954226, State Bank of India, Deonar Branch, Mumbai.
3. Registrations without payments will NOT be accepted.
4. Only 50% fee is refundable in case of cancellation on part of participant.
5. Full refund will be given in case of cancellation on part of the organizers.
6. Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the training venue including local conveyance.
7. Duly filled registration forms along with resume and DD must reach on or before November 20, 2009.
8. Accommodation will be offered on a twin-sharing basis only.
9. Organisers reserve the right to alter course curriculum and of permitting admission to the programme.
10. Changes in venue and other particulars, if any, will be informed, to the participants.
11. Certificates of participation will be awarded to all participants who attend all sessions.