Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Previous ITP programmes offered at the department

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Peace and Security in Africa (PASA)

Between 2011-2016, the Department offered an Advanced International Training Programme (ITP), sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Peace and Security in Africa (PASA) was planned and carried out by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University (DPCR) in cooperation with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Swedish consultancy company Indevelop

PASA aimed to increase the capacity of regional organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent, manage and resolve armed conflicts on the continent. The subject focus of the programme was on theoretical and practical knowledge about peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The target group for PASA was African inter-governmental or nongovernmental regional organisations (or sub-regional, i.e., working in at least two or more countries) focusing on issues relating to peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa, and whose work in this field has a regional relevance and impact. 

The programme consisted of five compulsory phases. Phase II was in Uppsala and phase IV in South Africa. Prior to, in between and following these two scheduled phases of the course, the participants devoted time to develop a project assignment (change project) at their home organisations. The projects aimed at strengthening the participating organisations’ abilities to set and achieve goals in the field of peace and security in the region.

PASA Programme Years 2011-2016

The Top Level Seminar on Peace and Security (TOPS)

Between 2005-2009, the Department offered a ten-day Top Level Seminar on Peace and Security (TOPS) to contribute to conflict resolution competence in the developing world. The principal objective was to provide a meeting point for organisation-based practitioners and academics in the field of conflict resolution. TOPS was given once a year between 2005 and 2006 and from 2007 twice a year: one programme with a global focus and another programme with a special focus on peace and security in Africa. Participants representing NGOs, government authorities and academic institutions from some 8-10 conflict, or post-conflict countries attended TOPS. A total of 25 participants attended each program, as a rule 3-5 participants from each country. A total of 187 participants from 37 countries have attended TOPS.

Advanced International Programme in Conflict Resolution (PACS)

Advanced International Programme in Conflict Resolution (PACS) was a six-weeks programme in conflict resolution given between the years 1988-2004. PACS, like TOPS, aimed at strengthening the conflict resolution competence in the developing world. The programme focused on theory and practice of peaceful management of large-scale conflicts within and between states, trends and origins of contemporary patterns of conflict, and on ways of solving conflicts in equitable and durable manners. PACS consisted of 25 participants as a rule representing participants form academic institutions, government authorities and NGOs from up to 25 different countries in each program, maximum 2 participants from the same country. A total of 421 participants have attended PACS representing a total of 78 countries.