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Intensives 2017-12-08T21:16:20+00:00

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Countering Violent Extremism

IPSI’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Intensives provide knowledge and practical skills to prevent and address the spread of violent extremism at the local, national, regional, and international levels. The courses offer techniques to assess and mitigate push and pull factors for radicalization to violence and promote social inclusion, as well as best practices on how to implement development, humanitarian and peacebuilding activities in CVE settings.

Counter-Messaging: Using Traditional and Social Media to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism 

Thurs. & Fri., February 8 – 9, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: To effectively prevent and counter violent extremist propaganda, individuals and organizations that work on the PVE/CVE space must be equipped to engage violent extremists, influencers and potential recruits in the digital space through traditional and social media “campaigns” that are built with the same types of tools and techniques used by violent extremists. Social media and traditional media are linked in a way that both complements and reinforces CVE strategies within each channel, and provides an important feedback loop on programmatic effectiveness. This course will enable CVE practitioners and CVE-related organizations to amplify their work through traditional and social media techniques. 

Trainers: Sid Balman, Director of Transnational Initiatives, Creative Associates [bio]; Violet Tsagka, Technical Manager, Creative Associates [bio]
Fee: $289 Professionals / $259 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Reintegrating Former Fighters, DDR in an Era of Countering Violent Extremism 

Fri & Sat, January 19-20, 2018

Description: This course provides an overview of and a practitioner framework for conflict landscapes where Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) is mandated in CVE settings. Since 1989, over 60 DDR mandates have been put into effect globally; in each case DDR was part of the peace agreement.  In the last 5-years conflict has changed.  Across Africa, through the Middle East, Asia and beyond DDR is being called for in ‘non-permissive‘ settings – during asymmetric conflict where ‘terrorist‘ groups and violent extremists dot the conflict landscape. Groups like Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Islamic State and others are operating in settings where DDR interfaces with CVE. Utilizing a practitioner approach to conflict and political risk analysis, participants are trained/educated with the skills to provide upstream support to policy makers, and downstream programmatic advice to practitioners where designing and implementing a CVE-DDR initiative. 

Trainer: Dean M. Piedmont, Managing Director, Lecturer & Professor, The Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism Initiative  [bio]
Fee: $289 Professionals / $259 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Upcoming CVE Intensives

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  • New Frontiers: Data for CVE
  • CVE: Effective Monitoring & Evaluation 
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Governance

IPSI Intensives on Governance provide approaches and models to strengthen inclusive and participatory governance as a way to increase political stability and promote peace. The courses delve into the components and complexities of different governance systems and provide a range of needs assessment methodologies and programming options for actors in various sectors.

The Virtuous Cycle: Building Resilient Governance Systems

Sat., January 27, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: This course introduces the notion that formal governments exert authority only within broader governance systems in which individuals and groups representing diverse interests also exert authority. The course explores how the dynamic roles, rules, and relationships among these actors shape complex governance systems that we can understand through the application of locally tailored field research approaches. Students will learn how to recognize individuals and groups who hold informal authority in their communities, and how to use a deep understanding of governance system dynamics to identify ways to most effectively pursue development objectives. Students will be able to plan a rapid field research exercise that leverages key informant interview and focus group approaches to learn about local governance systems.

Trainer: Kevin Melton, Director, CVE & Resilience, International Peace & Security Institute [bio]
Fee: $169 Professionals / $149 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Electoral Security: Analytical Frameworks, Planning, and Administration

Thurs. & Fri., January 11 – 12, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: This 2-day intensive training enables participants to learn and utilize frameworks and other tools to carry-out electoral security operations in consolidating democracies. It offers approaches on how to forecast, profile and counter threats related to electoral violence and provides technical guidance on how to plan and administer electoral security effectively. Case studies will include Bangladesh, Philippines, Colombia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Syria, and others. 

Trainer: Jeff Fischer, Senior Electoral Advisor, Communities in Transition, Creative Associates [bio]
Fee: $289 Professionals / $259 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Upcoming Governance Intensives

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  • Building Blocks of Community Resilience and Social Cohesion
  • Programming Local Government Reform
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Peacemaking

IPSI’s Peacemaking Intensives provide approaches, methods and tools for practitioners who work to increase mutual understanding and re-conciliation in war-torn societies. Courses cover topics such as negotiation, mediation, and facilitation, as well as restorative justice, reconciliatory, and other psycho-social processes that contribute to peace.

Negotiating for Peace as a Non-State Actor

Fri. & Sat., April 13 – 14, 2017, 9am-5pm

Description: Non-state actors can focus entirely on finding pathways to end violence and build peace rather than advancing narrow national interests or government policies. Official negotiations are the responsibility of government representatives, but non-state actors can facilitate the process and explore options beyond the normal frameworks. However, they must earn trust and credibility with the adversaries to succeed. The instructor and his team were credited by an African head of state with creating the “momentum and the spirit which made this historic achievement (a peace agreement) possible.” The course – including readings, lectures and experiential learning – is based on personal experience as well as lessons learned from the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and other non-state negotiators.

Trainer: Charles F. “Chic” Dambach, Adjunct Faculty, American University and Johns Hopkins University [bio]
Fee: $289 Professionals / $259 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Program Design

IPSI’s Program Design Intensives enable practitioners working in all sectors related to international peace and security to improve their management and other non-technical skills, such as grant writing, program design, NGO management, monitoring and evaluation, remote staff management, data management, and others.

Building Sustainable NGOs for Social Impact

Thurs. & Fri., February 22 – 23, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: Over two days of interactive workshop activities, participants will explore the major ideas, trends, processes, and unique qualities animating the design and launch of successful social impact non-profit organizations. Participants will train on mission development, business planning, project planning/design, budgeting, board development and management, branding/marketing/technology utilization, networking, presentation skills, and launch plans. The course will supplement academic literature and lectures with case studies, in-class workshops, interactive group discussions, participant presentations, and experiential activities.  Passion, creative and critical thinking, and intellectual drive will be key to getting the most out of this course.

Trainer: Cameron M. Chisholm, Founder, International Peace & Security Institute [bio]
Fee: $289 Professionals / $259 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Integrating Gender Considerations Into Your Work: A Quick-Start Guide to Successful Project and Proposal Design

Sat., March 3, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: Have you ever been told you need to integrate “gender considerations” into your work, nodded and wondered what the heck that meant? Or, perhaps you’ve heard that women are essential to peace and security – but you’re afraid to ask why? Navigating requirements related to gender analysis can be confusing – and overwhelming. This course will walk you through the basic terminology and concepts and equip you with some practical tools for doing a “quick and dirty” gender analysis. If you’re aiming to write a more competitive proposal for a potential funder and need to understand how you can improve your project by considering the impacts of your work on women and girls (and men and boys!), this practical 101 course is for you.

Trainer: Angelic Young, Consultant
Fee: $169 Professionals / $149 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Projects with Impact: Results-based Design 101

Sat., March 24, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: Have you ever wondered what impact your work will have? Setting clear goals and outcomes for your project and identifying the right indicators to measure your progress will enable you to have a much more specific idea of what your project can achieve. This course will teach you the essentials for designing results-based projects so that you can show your colleagues, partners, donors and competitors that your work actually makes a difference.

Trainer: Angelic Young, Consultant
Fee: $169 Professionals / $149 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Resilience

IPSI Intensives on Resilience are designed to provide Frontline Civilians/development professionals, with foundational concepts, methods and tools for individuals to build and/or increase their resilience performance when facing stress and trauma. Although these courses are primarily designed for individuals and organizations operating in high-risk or high-stress environments, they may also benefit professionals working on understanding and addressing trauma.

Enhancing Your Resilience: A Practical Approach

Fri., January 26, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: This one-day training will explore the concept of resilience as something a person does, rather than something a person is. The training will elaborate and describe (in a practical way)  the idea of resilient performance while assisting participants in the development of a personal strategy to improve their ability to function, respond, and learn when facing expected or unexpected stressful events. The course also seeks to empower individuals who will likely be facing stress associated with living and working abroad while working in fast-paced humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding projects. 

Trainer: Andres Martinez, Director, International Peace & Security Institute [bio]
Fee: $169 Professionals / $149 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Upcoming Resilience Intensives

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  • Psychological First Aid
  • Team Resilient Performance: Promoting Resilience at an Organizational Level
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Civilian Protection

IPSI Intensives on Civilian Protection provide the concepts, strategies and tools that enable various actors (humanitarians, military actors, UN peacekeepers, HR monitors, civilians, and others) to prevent and mitigate abuses toward civilians caught in violent conflicts.  

Civilian Protection: Skills for Practitioners 

Fri., February 2, 2018, 9am-5pm

Description: Drawing on current best practices in the field, this course teaches practical skills that enable armed and unarmed actors in violent conflicts to prevent and mitigate abuses toward civilians. The course will train participants in tools such as vulnerability and risk assessments, approaches to program design and more. Participants will engage in role plays and other scenario-based exercises.

Trainer: Deborah Mancini, Director, International Peace & Security Institute [bio]
Fee: $169 Professionals / $149 student rate
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW #B1, Washington, DC 20015

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Upcoming Civilian Protection Intensives

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  • Civilian Protection: Case Studies of Successful Multi-Dimensional Approaches
  • Strategies to Empower Communities to Protect Themselves
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