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20th March 2014

Contents

1. Training, Workshops, Learning
a. REDR Risk Management Workshop (1st-4th April 2014)
b. Methods and Ethics of Studying Refugees in Urban Environments (11th-13th April 2014)
c. Courses Offered by Responding to Conflict: Strengthening Policy and Practice (28th April-16th May)
d. INTRAC (May 2014)
e. Defending Human Rights (8th-11th May 2014)
f. UNU/INCORE International Summer School (9th-14th June 2014) 
 
2. Seminars and Conferences
a. Conference on Conflict in Columbia (22nd March 2014)
 
3. Consultations and Notices
a. The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
b. 2014 Common Ground Awards for Journalism in the Middle East
4. New Resources
  Publications:
a. The Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Africa
Online:
a. INCORE's guide to Internet Resources
b. Subscription based online database of African Material
5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. MEDACT: Manager, Iraq Health Monitoring Project (17th March 2014)
b. Quaker Peace Center: Director (21st March 2014)
c. Volunteer Researcher: Peacemedia-paixmédia, Montreal, Canada (21st March 2014)
d. Campaign Against Arms Trade: Research Intern (24th March 2014)
e. International Alert: Great Lakes Region of Africa: Senior Programme Officers (28th March 2014)
f. Commonwealth Secretariat: Social Transformation Programmes Division: Deputy Director and Senior Programme Officer (28th March and 9th April)
g. Oxfam UK: Liberia: Humanitarian Project Manager

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

1. Training, Workshops, Learning

a.      REDR RISK MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
        The Summit Hotel, Kupondol Heights, Nepal
        1st-4th April 2014

The RedR Risk Management Workshop for Nepal will take place at The Summit Hotel, Kupondol Heights from Tuesday 1st April-Friday 4th  April 2014. The workshop will be non-residential, however accommodation is available if required at the Summit Hotel at a daily rate of $44.88 including breakfast.  Any participant wishing to stay at The Summit Hotel should make their request clear to RedR when they apply for the course and we will then book the accommodation for them as needed. The non-residential fee includes training, workshop materials, lunch and refreshments.  For national aid agencies in Nepal a reduced rate may apply. The workshop will be in English, with translation facilities available as needed throughout the course.

Please contact lyndsay redr.org for further details.  Information is also available from Lucky Gurung at AIN, Kathmandu, tel: 1 529971,  or email: lucky plan.org.np

b.      METHODS AND ETHICS OF STUDYING REFUGEES IN URBAN ENVIROMENTS
        American University, Cairo
        11th-13th April 2014

The Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program (FMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is hosting a workshop to discuss methods of studying refugees in urban environments and the associated ethical dilemmas facing researchers. The emphasis will be on dialogue; participants will have an opportunity to briefly describe their methods and pitfalls that they have encountered in their own research. The workshop will benefit from the expertise of specialists such as Dr. Gaim Kibreab, well-known for his research in urban situations in the South and Dr. Shaila Shrinavsin, a sociologist who has conducted research on Pakistani entrepreneurs and is currently involved in employment schemes for refugees and migrants. A publication is expected to result from the meeting.

While most of the literature on refugee and forced migrant flows has been on humanitarian emergencies, settlement in camps, and resettlement in the north, the vast majority of refugees (some estimate up to 80%) are self-settled, i.e. not living in camps and many drawn to the teeming urban centers of host countries in the South. As one of its program goals, FMRS is interested in redressing the imbalance in what is known about urban refugee populations through supporting research and collecting relevant literature on local refugee communities in cities of the Middle East, Africa and other southern regions. In particular, the FMRS focus on refugee livelihoods, especially in urban settings, has brought home a number of methodological and ethical issues on how to carry out research among populations who reside often without papers, under-represented by NGOs, and, even when residing legally, without a significant voice at the level of policy making. Furthermore, social science research in many of the countries that host significant populations of refugees in urban areas is likely to be controlled, censored, or contested in some way, making it even more difficult to collect reliable data and adhere
to ethical standards of research. This workshop aims to address some of these methodological and ethical difficulties through sessions drawing on lessons learned in other urban settings, both in the North and the South.

The registration fee for the workshop is $20 (USD). Information concerning a range of inexpensive hotels and average costs of living in Cairo can be obtained from our website: www.aucegypt.edu/academic/fmrs under Outreach - Workshops.

Please indicate if you are attending and send offers of research issues that you wish to present and send them to the following address, mentioning Workshop on Urban Methodology in the subject heading:

Ms. Alia Arafa, Program Administrator, Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, American University in Cairo, 113 Kar El Aini Street, PO Box 25000, Cairo 11511, Egypt           
Email: fmrs aucegypt.edu
Tel: (202) 7976626
Fax (202) 7976629

c.      INTRAC
        May 2014

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR NON-FINANCIAL MANAGERS
7th-9th May 2014

The aim of the course is to help participants to understand and interpret financial information in order to improve decision-making. The course will cover the basics of financial management within an NGO and highlight the key areas to monitor. It is intended to provide practical skills and techniques. By the end of the course, participants will have knowledge of:
·       Managing budgets and 'budget and actual' statements effectively
·       Advising a counterpart group or organisation on the use of a cash budget
·       Identifying the accounting records kept by most organisations
·       Recognising and evaluating basic accounting statements using an audit effectively
·       Identifying weaknesses in financial systems
·       Recognising the appropriate timing for financial management inputs within organisations
·       Providing a partner with constructive feedback on its financial capacity

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR NGOS
14th-16th May 2014

This course aims to provide participants with an increased understanding of organisational effectiveness and the role that good human resource development and management plays in enabling NGOs to achieve their strategic goals in a sustainable way. By the end of the course participants will:
·       Be able to analyse their organisation's strengths and weaknesses and be able to identify what aspects of human resources need to be developed within their own organisations
·       Have a stronger theoretical understanding of key human resource issues such as planning, management, project implementation, team building, and working cross-culturally
·       Have tools to analyse current practice and areas needing improvement
·       Have applied these models and tools to case study material and the issues being faced by their own organisations

Three-day courses cost £380. The price includes course fees and materials, plus meals and refreshments. These courses are non-residential, however we invite participants to book their own accomodation at the venue. Further details are sent out in the booking letter.

Early booking is recommended, as places are limited. Application forms are available from our website www., or by request from the Training and Logistics Co-ordinator. As our courses take a participatory approach, we need to ensure that your experience is relevant to the course, and that you will be able to take part in the rich cross-cultural dialogue with fellow participants. Once we have accepted your application we will send you a booking letter and invoice. To guarantee your booking, receipt of full payment is required, so you are advised to arrange payment as soon as possible.

For further information please contact Rebecca Blackshaw,  Training and Logistics Co-ordinator at: PO Box 563, Oxford, OX2 6RZ, UK
Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 201 851
Fax: + 44 (0) 1865 201 852
Email: r.blackshaw
Website: www.

d.      PBI ORIENTATION WEEKEND
        Telscombe near Brighton
        8th-11th May 2014

Peace Brigades International UK section (PBI-UK), a human rights organisation working for the transformation of conflict, is organising an orientation weekend for prospective volunteers wanting to work as International Human Rights Observers in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Indonesia. You must be over 25 years and speak the language of the country concerned.  Field commitment is for 12 months.

The orientation weekend will take place from 8th to 11th of May at Telscombe Youth Hostel near Brighton. It will explore issues such as the role of a non-partisan human rights organisation implementing non-violent alternatives in conflict areas, PBI's mandate, principles and detailed information on our projects. Applications should be made by March 31st.

The cost will be £60 if waged, £50 for low waged, and £40 for unwaged. This includes food and accommodation for three nights.

For further information please refer to our website or send us an A4 SAE (57p) to: PBI UK Section, 1b Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ. Phone: (020) 7281 53 70, e: pbiuk gn.apc.org / www.peacebrigades.org/britain

e.      UNU/INCORE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
        Aberfoyle House, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
        9th-14th June 2014

UNU/INCORE is a joint research institute of the United Nations University at the University of Ulster. It seeks to address the management and resolution of contemporary conflicts through research, training, practice, policy and theory.  The International Summer School provides an intensive week of training, networking and discussion in the field of conflict resolution. Facilitated by leading experts, the International Summer School is aimed at mid to senior level policy makers, practitioners, academics, members of the media, military and religious  organisations. The School provides an interactive learning environment and attempts to bridge the gap between policy, practice and research.

Three courses are on offer for 2014:
1) Managing Peace Processes
2) Track Two Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation
3) Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Peacebuilding Projects

Introduction to Northern Ireland Programme
8-9 June 2014, Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Given the location of UNU/INCORE, the International Summer School would not be complete without some discussion of the conflict in Northern Ireland. This programme is an introduction to conflict resolution practices in Northern Ireland. It provides an opportunity to learn about the politics and history of the region via meetings with local community practitioners and regional statutory agencies to enable the exchanges of ideas and experiences. It is offered as an optional pre-summer school course but is also open to anyone with an interest in the Northern Ireland
conflict.

The "early bird" application deadline for the International Summer School is 28 March 2014. The final application deadline is 9 May 2014.

Reflective of the differences in financial situations, fees for the International Summer School are broken down into two organisational categories. Additionally, there is a reduced rate for those who are accepted and pay before the 'Early Bird' deadline.

For organisations with annual revenues in excess of £300,000 (Pounds Sterling) and all:
- Government Agencies
- Intergovernmental Organisations
- Nongovernmental organisations
- Universities
- Military
the fee before 28 March 2014 is £440, while payment made afterwards is £550.

For independent individuals without financial support or organisations with annual revenue of less than £300,000 (pounds sterling, the fee before 28 March 2014 is £340, while payment made afterwards is £410.

Further details about the Summer School can be found at:
www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/news/events/ss/index.html
e-mail: school incore.ulst.ac.uk
Tel: + 44 (0) 28 71 375500

f.      COURSES OFFERED BY RESPONDING TO CONFLICT
        Birmingham, UK

WORKING WITH CONFLICT

Working with Conflict (WWC) is designed as a single full-time course, consisting of four modules and lasting ten weeks. A formal certificate is issued to each participant who completes the full course.

The four modules are:

1. Understanding Conflict and Change 28th April-16th May
2. Organising Effectively 19th May-30th May
3. Strategies for Addressing Conflict and Building Peace 2nd June-17th June
4. Preparing for Action 18th June-4th July

Total costs for the course is £4,975. Participants will need to cover their travel costs and personal spending money.

For full details, read the prospectus (http://www.respond.org/wwcprospectus.pdf); to apply for the Working With Conflict course, download, print out, & complete the application form (http://www.respond.org/appform.pdf); if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site.            
   
STRENGTHENING POLICY AND PRACTICE
21st-25th July 2014

Primarily for staff of agencies concerned with relief, development, rights and peace-building programmes.  This workshop will provide practical models and methods to assist aid agency staff to analyse conflicts, and to integrate effective conflict-handling strategies into their programmes. The fee for the workshop, inclusive of accommodation and food, is £895. Where participants are staying elsewhere and do not need bed and breakfast, the rate is £775.

CERTIFICATE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS
7th-21st September 2014

The certificate aims to provide a greater conceptual understanding of conflict, violence, and peace and the forces of conflict dynamics. The course will provide a range of practical skills-based training in the handling of conflict situations. The course fee (excluding accommodation and meals) will be £1200 per person.

For further information about these courses please contact Alexandra Moore,
Programme Administrator, Responding to Conflict, 1046 Bristol Road,
Birmingham, B29 6LJ, tel: +44 (0)121 415 5641, fax: +44 (0)121 415 4119
Email: alex respond.org         Website: www.respond.org

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2. Seminars and conferences

a.      CONFERENCE ON CONFLICT IN COLUMBIA
        22nd March 2014

For details see: www.colombiapeace.org/flyer.pdf

 
 
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