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26th September 2013

Contents

1. Seminars and Conferences
a. Post Conflict Reconstruction: Lessons Learnt and Best Practice (30 September-4 October 2013)
b. The Role of Media in Peace and Environment in the Millennium (27-30 October 2013)
c. Caste Discrimination and Dalit Human Rights (2nd November 2013)
 
2. Training and Workshops
a. RedR Safety Management Workshop, Afghanistan (8-10 and 14-16 October 2013)
b. Ubuntu: African Methods of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding (23-25 October 2013)
c. Working with Local Partners: Practical Financial Management for Programme Managers (4-6 November 2013)
d. Art and Conflict (15-17 November 2013)
e. Online Course in Gender and Peacekeeping
 
3. Events and Campaigns
a. Demonstration: 'Don't Attack Iraq' / 'Freedom for Palestine' (28 September 2013)
b. Rory Bremner and the Two Johns Live! (29 October 2013)
 
4. Consultations and Notices
a. Office Space Wanted
b. Ethical Property Company Share Issue
c. Publish What You Pay Coalition
 
5. New Resources
  Publications:
a. A Generation in Transition: Voices of Older People in East and Central Europe
b. People, Peace and Power
c. Afghanistan Since the Bonn Agreement: Tasks, Opportunities and Barriers for Peacebuilding
d. Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan
e. Lifeline Media: Reaching populations in crisis - A guide to developing media projects in conflict situations
f. More than Implementers: Civil Society in Complex Emergencies
g. Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa
h. Economic and Social Rights Handbook
i. The Peacebuilding Dimension of Civil-Military Relations in Complex Emergencies
j. Searching for Peace in Central and South Asia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities
  Online:
a. 11 September 2015: A Few Minutes that Shook the World: An Analysis of Press Coverage in the Arab World and Central Africa
b. The Project on Defense Alternatives: The RMA Debate Page
c. Reducing violence through cultural equality
d. Fused in combat: gender relations and armed conflict
e. Human Development Report 2013: Deepening Democracy in a Fragmented World
 
6. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. ACORD: Funding Assistant (closing date: 27 September 2013)
b. ABColombia Group: Administrator and Information Worker (closing date: 27 September 2013)
c. Responding to Conflict: Funding and Report Manager (closing date: 30 September 2013)
d. ALNAP: Evaluation Consultant (closing date: 1 October 2013)
e. Peace Brigades International: Paid and Volunteer Vacancies
        - International Secretariat Fundraiser (closing date: 4 October 2013)
        - Personnel Committee Members (closing date: 4 October 2013)
        - Executive Committee Member (closing date: 4 October 2013)
f. CODA International: Director (closing date: 4 October 2013)
g. International Alert: Vacancies
        - Chief Operating Officer (closing date: 4 October 2013)
        - Director of Development (closing date: 4 October 2013)
h. Pearson Peacekeeping Centre: Head of Research and Development (closing date: 7 October 2013)
i. Saferworld: Vacancies
        - Project Co-ordinator, Conflict Prevention Programme (closing date: 11 October 2013)- Project Officer, Conflict Prevention Programme (closing date: 11 October 2013)
j. Peaceworkers UK: Internship - Admin and Programme Assistant
k. Human Security Centre, Canada: Managing Editor/Project Manager, Human Security Report

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS ISSUE DOES NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF QED.

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 1. Seminars and Conferences

a. POST CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION: LESSONS LEARNT AND BEST PRACTICE
Monday 30 September - Friday 4 October 2013
691st Wilton Park Conference, in co-operation with the Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department, DFID

What has been learnt since the end of the Cold War about rebuilding societies after armed conflict? What determines whether such efforts succeed? How long does it all take - is the international community realistic?  What can and should be done by the international community and by the country itself? What is best done by civilians and what by armed forces? How can a functioning economy be developed? How can a broad-based inclusive form of reconstruction be achieved? How can a peace be achieved which reduces poverty? In what sequence does the essential elements need to be put in place? How can root causes be addressed, so that conflict does not break out again? What further approaches need to be developed?

Key themes to run throughout the sessions will include: addressing the causes and dynamics of conflict; preventing recurrence; ensuring pro-poor peace.

This conference is open to those with expertise to share or an interest in the theme; our aim is to have a broad spread of nationalities and institutions represented. The contribution to costs, normally �50, covers all accommodation and meals, attendance at all sessions, and transport from and to Gatwick airport at the beginning and end of the conference.

Enquiries about participation and local travel to: Mrs Jo Childs, Wilton Park, Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3DZ, UK.  Tel: +44 (0)1903 817755; Fax: +44 (0) 1903 815244; Email:  jo.childs wiltonpark.org.uk; or visit their website at: www.wiltonpark.org.uk/web/welcome.html

b. THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN PEACE AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE MILLENNIUM
14th World Congress of Environmental Journalists
27-31 October 2013, Sri Lanka
(From DB Classifieds, www.comminit.com)

This event is organised by: Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum (SLEJF), the Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association (CEJA)and Asia Pacific Forum Of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ). Supported by: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)and several development agencies.

Theme: The Role of Media in Peace & Environment in the Millennium (Special Emphasis on the World Summit on Sustainable Development)

Target Group: 100 participants from nearly 50 countries. (representatives of national environmental journalists organisations, environmental journalists, journalists, NGO activists, government and UN officials, media professionals such as educators, film makers, authors, scientists in education or research around the world).

Registration by 30 September 2013.

For further information, or to register, contact: Mr Dharman Wickremaratne, President - Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ), PO Box 26, 434/3 Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka. Tel: +94-1 873131; Fax: +94-1 883187; Email: afej sri.lanka.net or visit their website at:  www15.brinkster.com/slejf/activites/colombo2013.asp

c. CASTE DISCRIMINATION AND DALIT HUMAN RIGHTS
2nd November 2013, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Westminster Central Hall, London, UK
Organised by the Dalit Solidarity Network UK

This conference is an opportunity for all elements of UK civil society, from trade unions and faith groups to political parties and development agencies, as well as concerned or interested individuals, to contribute to the eradication of caste discrimination (discrimination against so-called "untouchables" or Dalits of South Asia). There will also be considerable focus placed on the global nature of caste discrimination, amongst Indian communities abroad (such as in the UK) as well as similar "caste" systems in Africa and Asia.

For more information, or to book, contact: Alex Stevens, IDSN Coordinator, Dalit Solidarity Network UK, Thomas Clarkson House, Broomgrove Road, London SW9 9TL, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7501 8323; Email: dalitsnuk yahoo.co.uk or visit their website at: http://uk.geocities.com/internationaldalitsolidarity/

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 2. Training and Workshops

a. REDR SAFETY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP, AFGHANISTAN
8th-10th and 14th-16th October 2013
Kabul, Afghanistan

3 day training workshops for agency staff responsible for safety/security management.  The aim is to enhance the knowledge and skills of staff responsible for safety management so that their organisations and staff management so that their organisations and staff can operate more safely in insecure environments.

For further details please contact Lyndsay Perkins at RedR on email: lyndsay redr.org;  or tel: +44 (0)20 7233 3116 or visit the RedR website at: www.redr.org

b. UBUNTU: AFRICAN METHODS OF RECONCILIATION AND PEACEBUILDING
23-25 October 2013, Oslo, Norway
Centre for Conflict Management
Deadline for applications: 9 October 2013

Ubuntu is the philosophy that was a major source of inspiration to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Mandela's vision of a peaceful and democratic South Africa. The word comes from the Ngui proverb "Umunthu ngamunthu ngabantu" - "A person is a person through other people". Ubuntu is a concept of ethic rooted in the importance of the community, as a humanistic approach towards fellow beings.  After attending this three-day, interactive, experiential workshop, participants will have received information about methods within peacebuilding inspired by this philosophy, with special focus on reconciliation processes. The workshop will explore how societies in Southern Africa deal with social tensions by applying modified traditional approaches in modern contexts.

Further details of the programme and how to register for the course will be published on the CCM webpage: www.ccm.no/eng/upcoming.html#ubuntu in early October.

Cost:   NOK 1.800 per participant, which includes workshop materials, refreshments and lunch each day. Accommodation in Oslo is not included. A limited number of subsidised places are available.

c. WORKING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS: PRACTICAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR PROGRAMME MANAGERS
4-6 November 2013, London
Organised by Mango (Management Accounting for Non Governmental Organisations)

The aim of the workshop is to build the confidence and financial skills of programme managers to support local 'southern' partner NGOs in providing cost effective, controlled and accountable project implementation.

The workshop is aimed at programme managers and officers of development NGOs who are responsible for identifying, supporting and building capacity of local partner NGOs.  It is especially suitable for managers who have no previous experience or training in finance and require a solid introduction to financial management.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the key features of the 'building blocks' of financial management: accounting records; financial planning; internal control; and financial reporting and monitoring.
- Apply key tools and concepts in advising and managing partnership relationships including the chart of accounts, cost centres and funding grids.
- Use a financial systems checklist as part of an organisational assessment process to identify strengths and weaknesses in partners' systems.
- Identify possible options for improving the financial management capacity of local partner organisations.

Course fee:     �5.00 (non-residential).
For further information or to register, contact Barbara Johnstone, Administrator, Mango, on email: bjohnstone mango.org.uk; tel: +44 (0)1865 433342; or visit their website at: www.mango.org.uk

d. ART AND CONFLICT
A course with Marian Liebmann
15-17 November 2013
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, UK
(From Creative Exchange E-Forum, www.creativexchange.org)

Conflict is an emotive subject. This course is about finding new ways to look at it. There will be a variety of practical exercises - individual, pair and group - to gain insights into different aspects of conflict. All art materials are provided and artistic skill is needed - just the willingness to have a go. Financial help is available.

If you would like further information or would like to reserve a space on this course, please contact the administration team directly on tel: +44 (0)121 472 5171 or email: enquiries woodbrooke.org.uk

e. ONLINE COURSE IN GENDER AND PEACEKEEPING

A joint course developed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Available online at: www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/genderandpeacekeeping/

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 3. Events and Campaigns

a. DEMONSTRATION: 'DON'T ATTACK IRAQ' / 'FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE'
28th September 2013, London, UK
Assemble 12.30pm at Embankment, march to Hyde Park
A demonstration organised by the Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain. The Stop the War Coalition urges everyone to demonstrate on 28 September, but also to spread the word. Tell your workmates, friends and neighbours, leaflet your street, publicise the demonstration in your trade union, church or tenants group, and get in touch with your local Stop the War Coalition group.

For further information, tel: +44 (0)7951 235 915 or visit the Stop the War Coalition website at: www.stopwar.org.uk

b. RORY BREMNER AND THE TWO JOHNS LIVE!
29 October 2013
Performance in aid of One World Action

Rory Bremner, John Bird and John Fortune are Live On Stage at the Albery Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London for 4 weeks only this autumn. If you would like a fun evening out with Britain's greatest satirists, and raise funds for One World Action, email Anna now. 25% of all tickets sold through One World Action for 29th October will be donated to OWA. Tickets cost between �.00 and �.50 and an order form can be obtained by calling Anna on 020 7833 4075 or emailing: abarnett oneworldaction.org. (One World Action will only receive the 25% donation on tickets ordered directly through them). For further information about One World Action, see: www.oneworldaction.org

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 4.燙onsultations and Notices

a. OFFICE SPACE WANTED

Peaceworkers UK are looking for a new office in North/Central London (zone 1-3) in easy reach of a tube station. Requirements: approx 600sqf, access to photocopier and meeting rooms, preferable lease on 1-year basis. Budget: �,000 pa/inclusive. If you have office space to share or know of a place for rent, please get in touch with Duncan at tel: 020 7609 2777.

b. ETHICAL PROPERTY COMPANY SHARE ISSUE

On the 23rd September the Ethical Property Company launched its second public share issue. It hopes to raise �2 million with which to set up at least three new centres around the country for charities, social and environmental action groups and ethical businesses. It already owns 7 centres in London, Bristol, Oxford and Leeds, housing groups such as Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and the Big Issue.

For more information about the share issue, either ring Janine Woodward on 01865 316379 or visit the website (www.ethicalproperty.co.uk).

c. PUBLISH WHAT YOU PAY COALITION

As we are increasingly aware of the direct link between resource extraction and conflict, The Publish What You Pay Coalition (over 60 NGOs) is calling on governments and national authorities, especially those in the G8, to take leadership and promote transparency over resource revenues worldwide. A central action will be for stock market regulators to require resource companies to report net payments to all governments and national authorities as a condition for being listed.

At the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development, Tony Blair announced support for an international initiative aimed at preventing mismanagement of revenues paid to developing countries by oil, gas and mining companies. This announcement comes as a result of the lobbying work by the Publish What You Pay Coalition.

NGOs can see the full Publish What You Pay position and campaign progress at the website http://www.publishwhatyoupay.org/ If NGOs wish to sign up, they can sign up directly on the website.

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 5.� New Resources

Publications:

a. A GENERATION IN TRANSITION: VOICES OF OLDER PEOPLE IN EAST AND CENTRAL EUROPE
HelpAge International

HelpAge International's new report, 'A generation in transition' was launched on 11 September to coincide with the UNO's Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) meeting in Berlin to discuss how the region will implement the International Plan of Action on Ageing.  This plan, which will guide ageing policy for the next two decades, was adopted in April this year at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid.

The report stresses the acute problems faced by many older people in east and central Europe and the Balkans. Although the International Plan of Action places great emphasis on the need to address poverty amongst older population groups, the needs of older people in the region are not being met.

For further information contact: Publications Orders, HelpAge International, PO Box 32832, London N1 9ZN, UK; or download the report in PDF version from their website at: www.helpage.org (go to publications).

b. PEOPLE, PEACE AND POWER
Author: Diana Francis

Million of people around the world live in countries torn apart by war, where violence and suffering are part of everyday live. This book focuses on the roles that ordinary people can play as peace builders. It examines the theory and practise of conflict transformation and its relevance for different cultures and contexts.

ISBN: 0-7453-1835-5, May 2013
Cost: �.99

For further information, contact: Pluto Press, 345 Archway Rd, London N6 5AA, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 8348 2724; Email: pluto plutobooks.com; or visit their website at: www.plutobooks.com

c. AFGHANISTAN SINCE THE BONN AGREEMENT: TASKS, OPPORTUNITIES AND BARRIERS FOR PEACEBUILDING
A discussion paper by Raz Mohammad
International Alert

The discussion paper is based on research and consultations with aid agencies operating in Afghanistan and was written in April 2013. It maps out the recovery tasks ahead and identifies opportunities and barriers to supporting sustainable peace through aid in Afghanistan. It outlines five focus areas for monitoring the implementation of the international communities commitment to building peace in Afghanistan

The report is available from email: afghanistan international-alert.org or can be downloaded from the International Alert website at: www.international-alert.org/publications

d. ESSENTIAL FIELD GUIDE TO AFGHANISTAN
Completely Revised and Updated Version, Edited by Edward Girardet and Jonathan Walter
Revised Edition Co-Editor: Charles Norchi
(from DB Classifieds, www.comminit.com)

The first edition of the guide was published in 1998, and has proven to be an effective and comprehensive independent information resource for United Nations and NGO aid workers, donors, military, business professionals and travelers as well as journalists and relief workers from organisations such as the BBC, CNN, TIME, UNHCR, MSF, UNICEF, SCF, OXFAM and the International Red Cross.

This updated and revised version provides those involved in Afghanistan's recovery and peacekeeping process with an informed analysis, background information and contacts. Compiled by some of the region's most experienced journalists and aid analysts, such as Ahmed Rashid, Peter Marsden, Edward Girardet, Chris Bowers and others, the Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan contains facts and cross-references. It offers key information and insights, from religion to drug trafficking, political agenda to media contacts, landmine clearance to the environment, and practical pointers on how to work and travel in the country.

Updated information will be provided by the Essential Field Guide's partner publication, the CROSSLINES Afghanistan Monitor. This weekly print and web publication will monitor international recovery, peacekeeping and security operations on an independent basis in order to help promote more effective public accountability, transparency, and coordination.

Publisher: Media Action International & CROSSLINES
Cost: ? 21, US$ 20, CHF 30 (* discounts apply for "bulk" orders)
To order contact: Media Action International, Villa de Grand Montfleury, 1290 Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland. Tel: +41-22-950-0750; Fax: +41-22-950-0752; Email: books mediaaction.org; Website: www.mediaaction.org/book_wiz.html (*receive a 10% discount when you order online before October 15 2013)

e. LIFELINE MEDIA: REACHING POPULATIONS IN CRISIS - A GUIDE TO DEVELOPING MEDIA PROJECTS IN CONFLICT SITUATIONS
By Loretta Hieber
(From DB Classifieds, www.comminit.com)

A guide for anyone involved in setting up media related projects in conflict and post conflict settings. The approach used in the book is designed to ensure that affected populations always have access to well produced humanitarian information in a manner that enhances local media capacity. The author explores how the skills of professional Western journalists can best be applied in realising this objective. As a resource for international journalists, producers, relief workers, consultants, and others, Lifeline Media is a sourcebook that sees media as a powerful tool in assisting populations in crises.

Publisher: Media Action International
Cost: ?21, US$ 20, CHF 30 (* discounts apply for "bulk" orders)
For orders and further information: Media Action International, Villa de Grand Montfleury, 1290 Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland. Tel: +41-22-950-0750; Fax: +41-22-950-0752; Email: books mediaaction.org or visit their website at: www.mediaaction.org/book_wiz.html

f. MORE THAN IMPLEMENTERS: CIVIL SOCIETY IN COMPLEX EMERGENCIES
A discussion paper by Mick Quinn
International Alert

This paper forms part of a project on humanitarian assistance in conflict areas conducted by the Development and Peacebuilding Programme at International Alert. The project's aim is to enhance the capacity of humanitarian agencies working in conflict situations to make a positive contribution to peacebuilding and conflict resolution by raising awareness of conflict and aid issues and providing recommendations for enhanced policy and practice. The publications are based on research and consultations with humanitarian colleagues in 2015 - 2013.

The paper examines the peacebuilding potential of partnerships between local organisations and international aid agencies. It explores the importance of partnership, the impact of conflict related crisis on civil society organisations and the pitfalls and advantages of partnership. The paper argues for a reanalysis of the relationship between external resource providers and civil society organisations and identifies seven sets of issues that humanitarians need to remain sensitive to in monitoring the progress of local partnerships. The discussion paper begins to look at this vast subject, and we plan to examine it more in depth as part of a second phase in our project on humanitarian aid and conflict.

The report is available from email: advocacydept international-alert.org or can be downloaded from the International Alert website at: www.international-alert.org/publications

g. CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA
Editor: Abdullahi A. An-Na'im, Emory University

This book clarifies, in an African context, what ought to constitute universal human rights and strategies for their legitimisation, protection and realisation. The contributors argue for the local promotion of rights through processes of cultural transformation over time. Tensions between local cultures and the notion of universal human rights can be addressed through creative possibilities within specific countries. They examine the African Charter of Human and People's
Rights to make a case for recognising a specifically African cultural contribution to ideas of human rights originating from a European social context. The general issues at stake are applied to the contentious question of women's rights - especially over land and other property.

ISBN/PRICE:
1 84277 090 X hbk GBP50.00/US$69.95 
1 84277 091 8 pbk GBP16.95/US$27.50

For information, or to order, contact: Mohammed Umar, Zed Books, 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7837 4014; Fax: +44 (0)20 7833 3960; Email: sales zedbooks.demon.co.uk; or visit their website at: www.zedbooks.demon.co.uk

h. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS HANDBOOK

Alliances for Africa has created a training handbook as part of a wider AfA Programme entitled 'Promoting and Protecting Economic and Social Rights'. It is designed to provide institutional resources, transferable skills and advocacy strategies to human rights organisations, women's groups, development NGOs, lawyers and members of the judiciary plus National Human Rights Commissions for the monitoring, protection and promotion of economic and social rights in Africa.

The manual will be ready for purchase by the end of September and will cost � excluding post and package.

For more information re nternational and EU purchases, please email: afa alliancesforafrica.org or visit their website at: www.alliancesforafrica.org/index.asp.

i. THE PEACEBUILDING DIMENSION OF CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS IN COMPLEX EMERGENCIES
A briefing paper by Damian Lilly
International Alert

This publication forms a part of the Development and Peacebuilding programme's project on humanitarian activity in conflict areas. The project's aim is to enhance the capacity of humanitarian agencies working in conflict situations to make a positive contribution to peacebuilding and conflict resolution by raising awareness of conflict and aid issues and providing recommendations for enhanced policy and practice. The publications are based on research and consultations with humanitarian colleagues in 2015 - 2013.

The briefing paper explores the implications for peacebuilding of the interface between humanitarian and (international) military actors in complex emergencies. The paper argues that while peacebuilding is neither a core competency of the military nor of humanitarian agencies, both actors influence the dynamics of conflict in the areas where they operate. Both actors may have a positive impact on addressing the more underlying causes of violence, and enhancing the coordination between them may in certain specific circumstances contribute to creating an environment conducive to sustainable peace.

The report is available from email: advocacydept international-alert.org or can be downloaded from the International Alert website at: www.international-alert.org/publications

j. SEARCHING FOR PEACE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH ASIA: AN OVERVIEW OF CONFLICT PREVENTION AND PEACEBUILDING ACTIVITIES
Editors: Monique Mekenkamp, Paul van Tongeren, Hans van de Veen

This new volume presents surveys of violent conflicts in Central and South Asia, including background information, detailed descriptions of ongoing activities and assessments of future prospects for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. It also reports on the efforts of regional organisations and NGOs to make civil society part of peace processes, and the activities of grassroots groups. A directory of more than 180 organisations working in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the region is included.

The work on compiling this volume was coordinated by the European Centre for Conflict Prevention.

ISBN: 1-58826-096-8 hbk GBP54.50 / USD65 (plus shipping costs)
        1-588260072-0 pbk GBP20.95 / USD24.95 (plus shipping costs)

To order, contact: Lynne Rienner Publishers, c/o EDS, 3 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8LU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7240 0856; Fax: +44 (0)20 7379 0609; Email: orders edspubs.co.uk or visit their website at: www.rienner.com

Online:

a. 11 SEPTEMBER 2015: A FEW MINUTES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD : AN ANALYSIS OF PRESS COVERAGE IN THE ARAB WORLD AND CENTRAL AFRICA

In the wake of the 11 September attacks and their consequences, there have been several attempts to explain the events and to exorcise the fears they evoked, often resorting to generalisations and over-simplifications. But, as usual, the voice of the South is nowhere to be heard in these debates.

Panos Paris has published this report in an effort to allow media from the South to have their say and as an appreciation of their contributions. It looks at the way the written press in Central Africa and the Arab world interpreted the events of that black Thursday and the chain of events they set off. As the world gets ready to commemorate the first anniversary of the attacks, these analyses are just as relevant and original as when they were first written.

The report is available on their website at: www.panosparis.org/uk or email: communication panosparis.org

b. THE PROJECT ON DEFENSE ALTERNATIVES: THE RMA DEBATE PAGE

The RMA Debate page aims to broaden the discussion of today's putative military revolution and refocus it on outstanding issues. The project will facilitate access to full-text resources and online research about the RMA, featuring both advocates and skeptics of all stripes. "Rather than seeking consensus we will pursue its prerequisite: an open and vigorous public debate."

See: www.comw.org/rma/

c. REDUCING VIOLENCE THROUGH CULTURAL EQUALITY
Frances Stewart
(From ID21 News, www.id21.org)

Cultural differences appear to lie behind many, if not all, current conflicts. Yet there are pluralistic societies which exist peacefully. What makes them different, and how can the threat of conflict be reduced?

See: www.id21.org/society/s10bfs1g2.html

For further information about this article, contact: Frances Stewart, Queen Elizabeth House, 21 St. Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LA, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 273600; Fax: +44 (0)1865 273607; Email: Frances.Stewart qeh.ox.ac.uk

d. FUSED IN COMBAT: GENDER RELATIONS AND ARMED CONFLICT
Judy El-Bushra
(From ID21 News, www.id21.org)

Do gender relations change through conflict? How might conflict itself be fuelled by aspects of gender identity? How do people on the ground see the changes that conflict brings about?

See: www.id21.org/society/s6ajeb1g1.html

For further information about this article, contact: Florence Kiff, Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7227 8600 or +44 (0)20 7227 8639 (direct line); Fax: +44 (0)20 7799 1868; Email: florencek acord.org.uk

e. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2013: DEEPENING DEMOCRACY IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD
UNDP
(From ID21 News, www.id21.org)

Politics matter for human development. Reducing poverty depends as much on whether poor people have political power as on their opportunities for economic progress. Democracy has proven to be the system of governance most capable of mediating and preventing conflict and of securing and sustaining well-being. By expanding people's choices about how and by whom they are governed, democracy brings principles of participation and accountability to the process of human development. The full report can be downloaded from the UNDP website at: www.undp.org/currentHDR_E/

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 6. Volunteer and Job Vacancies

a. ACORD: FUNDING ASSISTANT
Closing date for applications: 27th September 2013
Based in London

ACORD is an Africa led international Agency working in alliance with its members to promote social justice and development with an income of � million per annum.  ACORD employs some 540 staff across 45 programmes in Africa, and 23 staff in the London Office.

ACORD is advertising for a Funding Assistant with fluent Portuguese and English, excellent Access database and financial skills, to work in their Funding Department.

If you would like further information, please check the ACORD website www.acord.org.uk for the application form and job description. Send the completed application form, together with a CV to: recruitdesk acord.org.uk or fax: +44 (0)20 7799 1868 or send to: ACORD, Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 2AF, UK.

b. ABCOLOMBIA GROUP: ADMINISTRATOR AND INFORMATION WORKER
Closing date for applications: 27 September 2013
Salary: �,770 per annum inclusive (35hrs)
Ref: 591/RC

The ABColombia Group is looking for an assistant to work with the Lobbying and Liaison Officer. The post is fixed-term for one year.

The ABColombia Group Administrator and Information Worker is responsible for administrating the ABColombia Group, and assisting in information work. The two priorities are:
1) to manage and carry out administrative tasks for the ABColombia Group, and
2) to manage incoming information and produce a weekly news summary for a broad range of interested English-speaking groups and individuals.

The ABColombia Group (Ag閚cias Britanicas trabajando sobre desplazamiento en Colombia) was formed in 1997 as a response to the deteriorating situation in Colombia in which forced internal displacement has become a humanitarian and human rights emergency. The Group meets monthly to analyse the current situation and plan strategic activities. These include: political lobbying in the UK, Europe and at the United Nations; providing analysis and information to opinion-formers; field-visits to Colombia; hosting visiting partners; playing an active role in Colombia-focused networks.

Members of Group: CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam GB, Save the Children UK, SCIAF, Trocaire
Observers: Peace Brigades International - Colombia Project, Amnesty International

For application forms please write, quoting the appropriate reference number, to:
Human Resources, PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT, UK (please include a 41p  SAE (A4 size)). Work permit required. Or see: http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/aboutca/jobs/jds/ABC.htm

c. RESPONDING TO CONFLICT: FUNDING AND REPORTING MANAGER
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2013
Salary range: �,046 - � 24,155

This recently created full-time post aims to enhance RTC's organisational capacity in financial management and accountability for its programmes and consultancies. Reporting to the Deputy Directors, you will be responsible for maintaining financial systems for restricted grants, and reporting to funders. You will keep an overview of funding, including maintaining current relationships, identifying new funding opportunities and assisting with the drafting of proposals. In addition you will be responsible for the financial management of some consultancy work.

For further information and an application pack, please contact: Responding to Conflict, 1046 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)121 415 5641; Email: enquiries respond.org or visit their website at: www.respond.org

d. ALNAP: EVALUATION CONSULTANT
Closing date for applications: 1 October 2013

A consortium of ALNAP members (UN agencies, NGOs, Donors and Academics) is seeking an Evaluation Consultant to evaluate the Learning Support Office Test.  The evaluation seeks to assess the anticipated and/or actual progress in achieving objectives, along with the implementation process and other factors contributing to these anticipated and/or actual results.

Essential:
- proven experience of evaluation of humanitarian action and evaluation of learning impact;
- proven experience of real-time evaluation of  humanitarian action;
- understanding of knowledge management, learning theory and practice;
- proven experience in facilitating change on the basis of evaluation findings;
- 8 years overall experience in the humanitarian sector, with a minimum 3 years experience in the field;
- well developed analytical skills;
- excellent written and oral communication skills; and
- fluent written and spoken English.

The evaluation will entail up to three real-time evaluation field trips, and one ex post field trip to evaluate the LSO exit/handover strategy in April 2014, one month after the end of the test.  Required outputs are an inception report, delivery of a trip report following completion of each real-time evaluation field trip, and the final evaluation report following the completion of the ex post field trip/exit strategy evaluation.

ALNAP is seeking to begin the evaluation process as soon as possible following the start of the Learning Support Office Test on 23 September 2013.

Terms of reference and application details can be obtained from: www.alnap.org

e. PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL (PBI): PAID AND VOLUNTARY POSTS
Closing date for applications for all posts: 4 October 2013

PBI is an international NGO working in the field of peace and human rights with projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Mexico.

INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT FUNDRAISER
Salary: �,035
The postholder will be required to secure substantial funding to finance the ongoing activities, growth and development of the International Secretariat (ISEC). Proven fundraising experience is essential.

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Salary: Voluntary post, expenses only
The Committee is responsible for four London based international office staff.  Experience of personnel management, the voluntary sector and sympathy with the PBI's aims are essential.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Stipend: �0 per quarter
One London based person is required for the Executive Committee of the PBI International Council. Experience of management in the voluntary sector essential. The post requires ten hours of work per week. 

For further information and an application pack for any of the above posts, contact: Peace Brigades International, Unit 5, 89-93 Fonthill Road, London, N4 3HT, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7561 9141; Email: info peacebrigades.org or visit their website at: www.peacebrigades.org

f. CODA INTERNATIONAL: DIRECTOR
Closing date for applications: 4 October 2013 (midday)
Salary �,000-25,000

CODA International is a small UK based overseas development organisation that works to increase the effectiveness of developmental impact of Southern Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by supporting grassroots social movements in Southern Africa and Central America. CODA aims to ensure that the results of our programmes are sustainable and do not create new forms of dependency.

CODA is currently seeking to recruit a Director. In this key role, you will lead the development of CODA as a responsive, innovative NGO supporting civil society movements in the South. You will be responsible for CODA's organisational development, strategic planning, networking within the sector, maintaining links with DFID and other key funders, co-ordinating submission of quality proposals for institutional donors, and ensuring the financial health of the organisation. You will line manage two regionally based programme managers and a small team in the London office.

A committed development worker with community development experience in the South, you will have a good development understanding and experience of management, strategic planning, institutional/programme funding and financial management.  You must have a firm commitment to CODA's values.

Interviews: 12th October 2013
For more information, see http://www.cit.org.uk or email sebastiank cit.org.uk

g. INTERNATIONAL ALERT: VACANCIES
Closing date for applications: 4 October 2013

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (Ref: 67414)
Interviews: 24 October 2013
�,000 + excellent benefits (salary negotiable for an exceptional candidate)
London based with overseas travel

International Alert needs an exceptional individual who is both a leader and a key contributor to their operations. They are looking for someone who genuinely wants to help make the world a better place to live in, and by their actions can guide and enthuse others to do the same. 

As part of the Senior Management Team at IA, this person will have responsibility and take the lead on Human Resources and Organisational Development, Finance, IT, Administration and Legal compliance.

This is a key role in a major NGO, and as such they require an individual with high personal integrity who has at least 5 years' senior management experience, including the management of HR, IT and Finance functions. IA is looking for candidates who have experience in bringing about organisational change, developing human resource strategies and managing diversity programmes. They should also have experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.

This role requires someone with strong leadership and interpersonal communications skills, coupled with the commitment and resilience to devise and implement change.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT (Ref: 67415)
Interviews: 22 October 2013
�,000 + excellent benefits (salary negotiable for an exceptional candidate)
London based with overseas travel

To manage IA's fundraising and communications strategies, as well as leading on organisational knowledge management, and contributing to the organisation's overall strategic management, candidates should have a minimum of 5 years' senior management experience together with significant experience managing fundraising and communication strategies. They should be skilled communicators with strong project management and communication skills. Knowledge of international development or conflict resolution would be an advantage.

For an application form and further details about either or both positions, please contact People Media Response on +44 (0)20 7420 2080 or email: response peoplemedia.co.uk quoting the relevant reference. For more information about International Alert, see: www.international-alert.org

h. PEARSON PEACEKEEPING CENTRE: HEAD OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Closing date for applications: 7 October 2013

The Head of Research and Development at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is a senior manager within the Programmes Group.  The position reports to the Director of the Programmes Group.  The Programmes Group includes courses, training exercises, library, registrar and special projects. 
The job encompasses functions such as:
- develop and execute the annual research and development plan,
- manage the design and development process for all PPC courses,
- design and organize PPC-sponsored seminars, round tables, and other conferences focused on peace operations,
- coordinate participation of core and external faculty at selected peace operations conferences,
- act as patron and preliminary point of contact for visiting scholars,
- participate in PPC course offerings as a faculty member or in the capacity of a subject matter expert,
- participate in PPC-sponsored simulations and exercises as a role player / controller, and
- act as a mentor to subordinate core staff and assigned interns.

The ideal person for this job will have formal qualifications at the MA and, preferably, PhD level in an academic discipline generally relevant to peace operations.  Experience in the development and delivery of programmes that require the application of the principles and
techniques of adult education is essential.

A good general understanding of contemporary peace operations is essential.  Experience within a recent peace operation is desirable.

The position is based in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Full fluency in English is essential.  Functional fluency in French is desirable. (A candidate not functionally bilingual may be required to develop such a capacity within an agreed upon period of time.)

Applicants should provide a letter indicating why they are interested in this position and an indication of their availability, along with their curriculum vitae to: Mrs. Donna Trimper, Director of Administration, Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, PO Box 100, Clementsport, Nova Scotia
B0S 1E0, Canada. Tel: +1 902-638-8611, ext. 110; Fax: +1 902-638-8888; Website: www.cdnpeacekeeping.ns.ca/

i. SAFERWORLD: VACANCIES
Closing date for applications: 11 October 2013

Saferworld is an independent foreign affairs research organisation, working to identify, develop and publicise more effective approaches for tackling and preventing armed conflicts.

PROJECT COORDINATOR, CONFLICT PREVENTION PROGRAMME
Salary range:  �,425 - �,625.
The post-holder will be responsible for co-ordinating Saferworld's work aimed at enhancing the EU's capacity to prevent conflict in the Horn of Africa. Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years experience in public policy research, advocacy or development work in Africa.

PROJECT OFFICER, CONFLICT PREVENTION
Salary range:  �,000 - �,500
The post-holder will be responsible for providing project and research support across the range of Saferworld's conflict prevention projects. Candidates should have a minimum of 1 years work experience and a good understanding of the conflict prevention/development field.

To apply please send a full CV and covering letter, outlining relevant experience to: Sue Maskell, Saferworld, 46 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB, UK. For a job description and further information, visit the Saferworld website at: www.saferworld.org.uk

j. PEACEWORKERS UK: INTERNSHIP - ADMIN AND PROGRAMME ASSISTANT

Peaceworkers UK are looking for an intern to join their team as Admin and Programme Assistant as soon as possible, in a full-time capacity and for a minimum of 3 months. Responsibilities include general administration, organising events, producing promotional material, and providing research and programmatic assistance to our campaigning and lobbying activities.

Renumeration: Small stipend to cover lunch and travel expenses.

For more information about the internship and details on how to apply, please contact Mareike on email: mjunge peaceworkers.org.uk

k. HUMAN SECURITY CENTRE, CANADA: MANAGING EDITOR/PROJECT MANAGER, HUMAN SECURITY REPORT
University of British Columbia

The Human Security Centre at the University of British Columbia is seeking to appoint a Managing Editor/Project Manager for the Human Security Report (HSR).  The Report, modeled on the UN's Human Development Report, will be published annually with the first issue due for release in September 2014.

The Report will map the scope and intensity of global violence, its socio-economic consequences and causes. It will also chart policy responses to this violence - from preventive diplomacy to long-term peacebuilding. Working with other institutions around the world, it will commission and publish new armed conflict data and an annual global opinion poll on peoples' experiences of, and attitudes towards, violence. It will collect, collate and showcase the research findings of research institutions around the world that deal with political and criminal violence. The Report is targeted at policymakers, researchers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The Report will have a small editorial team based at the Human Security Centre at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Much of the content of the Report will be outsourced.

The Managing Editor/Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the logistics of production of the Report. She/he will be responsible for solicitation of contributions, negotiation of contracts, overall budget management and management of the small in-house production team.

Confirmation that this position is available is not yet finalized so this is not a formal advertisement and actual requirements/conditions may change.  At the moment the Centre is seeking expressions of interest. Confirmation is expected very soon. The position will be formally advertised shortly and the advertisement sent to all who respond to this notice.

Salary will be determined in accordance with the successful applicant's qualifications and experience.

Please note that UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, however. The University's equity and employment policy can be viewed at http://www.policy.ubc.ca/policy2.htm

Persons interested in this position should email Professor Andrew Mack, Director, Human Security Centre, who can also furnish further information. Please attach a c.v. and writing examples. Contact: andrew.mack ubc.ca.

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