Department of Peace and Conflict Research

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM)

This new training provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with a unique opportunity to explore the use of dialogue and mediation in building and sustaining peace.

The International Training on Dialogue and Mediation will be held in Uppsala on 4-14 June 2018. It builds on 45 years of peace and conflict research and education at Uppsala University, combined with insights from the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation’s ongoing engagement in international policy discussions in the peacebuilding field.

Many regional inter-governmental organisations active in the area of Dialogue and Mediation globally have created special units for engaging with conflict prevention, mediation, peacemaking or peacebuilding. Similar developments can be observed in regional civil society organisations. In this rapid and dynamic process, practitioners have increasingly come to realise the importance of a continuous exchange of knowledge, experience and perspectives to improve understanding and performance.

This training is specially designed for practitioners, policymakers and researchers from international and regional organisations, civil society and universities with a particular focus on the use of dialogue in building and sustaining peace in developing countries and territories eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA). Participants will become acquainted with the latest research in this field, guided by skilled experts, and will jointly reflect on its relevance and applicability to their ongoing work while developing a network of colleagues from other countries.

Updated application material for the 2018 training will be announced on the website in the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) 2017

ITDM 2017
Photo:Kristin Blom

The first International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) 2017 organized in collaboration with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala June 7-17 was completed with success.

The training brought to Uppsala a qualified group of practicioners, policymakers and researchers working in the field of dialogue and mediation from a range of inter- and non-governmental organizations working both regionally and nationally as well as universities and research institutes from a total of 17 different countries.* Topics such as conflict trends and actors, inclusivity, gender and peace operations, peace agreements, mediation and leadership, DDR, bridging policy and research, sustainable peace, international mediation and reconciliation were discussed. The group is now part of the Department’s alumni of 750 participants who have attended International Training Programmes (ITPs) at the Department since 1988 and the discussions on sustainable peace will continue in different alumni settings and on social media.

*Specifically the participants represented the UN Missions in Colombia, DR Congo and Darfur, UNDP in Ukraine, ACCORD in South Africa, COMESA in Zambia, WANEP in Ghana, Rema Institute in Burundi, Life and Peace Institute in Kenya, Heal Zimbabwe Trust, EVE Organization for Women Development in South Sudan, MEDNET in the Philippines, Ir-Amin in Palestine/Israel, Ba-Futuru in East Timor, Center for Civic Collaboration in Mexico, Pro Public in Nepal, MUD in Venezuela, High Commissioner of Peace in Colombia, CEPAD in East Timor and Mindanau State University in the Philippines.

Read more about ITDM on the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation's website

Watch a video from the ITDM 2017