Conflict transformation training “extremely well received” in South Sudan crisis

ASC and partners help strengthen local peacebuilding capacity through valuable training

A man has the flag of the Republic of South Sudan painted on his face to celebrate the birth of the new nation. A man has the flag of the Republic of South Sudan painted on his face to celebrate the birth of the new nation. Photo by United Nations Photo on Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

 Working in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Department of Political and Conflict Studies and Notio Partners, the ASC was given a contract to carry out training for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Two 5-day training modules were carried out with UN staff and partners.

The training focused on understanding and analysing conflict, identifying opportunities for supporting local capacities for peace, and a range of conflict transformation tools and techniques.

The ASC team was headed up by veteran ACTION and COPA member Tecla Wanjala with the support of Professor Lyn Snodgrass and Dr. Gavin Bradshaw.

At the time of going to press the second module was still underway, but feedback from the first training suggests that the training team has been extremely well received.

At a time of serious crisis in South Sudan, with ongoing outbreaks of violent conflict, even as the efforts from the international community and the African Union appear to be taking small steps towards internal unity within the SPLM and the signing of an agreement that will hold, this training is seen as an investment in the long term future of the country.

Working with our team of senior Associates, the ASC will be trying to expand this area of our work in the future. Providing trainings and a range of related services generates income for the ASC that allows us to pursue a programme driven by the membership of the network movement, instead of chasing after donor funding interests.

If you are interested in becoming an Associate and making yourself available for this type of assignment please contact us on info@asc.org.za

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