Religion and Peace Mediation Course 2020

The Religion and Mediation Course 2020 provides a specialized training course for mediators and peace practitioners to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant for mediating in violent political conflict where religion plays a role. It applies a broad understanding of mediation to look at how third parties can create supportive spaces for actors in these conflicts to come together to address their differences.

The course is aimed at mediators, peace practitioners, policy makers and others working to address violent political conflicts in contexts where religion has strong relevance. Participants should have solid experience of working on conflict transformation or peace mediation. The course will
be held in English. A balance of women and men will be sought. The final selection of 25 participants will be made by the CSS and the Swiss FDFA in consultation with their supporting partners.

The course will begin on Sunday 30 August 2020 and end on Friday 4 SeptemberIt will take place at Schloss Muenchenwiler, in Murten, close to the capital of Switzerland (Berne).

The course is offered free of charge. However, participants are expected to
cover their own transport and accommodation costs. Five nights (Sun – Fri)
accommodation with full board will cost approximately CHF 1200.
A number of scholarships are available to cover the travel and accommodation costs of participants from non-OECD countries who could not otherwise afford to participate. These scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the organizers.

Applications are due 27 March 2020. Click here for more information

This training is organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.