swisspeace – Peace Mediation Training 2-3 March 2018

Dear Madam / Sir Dear colleagues I am happy to draw your attention to the next year’s Peace Mediation Training organized by swisspeace in collaboration with the University of Basel from 2–3 March 2018.

Conflicts are a constant part of human history but do not necessarily have to lead to violent conflicts. Mediators seek to bring conflict parties to the negotiating table and support them in finding agreements in order to avoid or transform violent conflicts.

This training provides you with insights about the challenges that mediators face when facilitating dialogue and searching for peace agreements. By completing this 2-day training, you:

  • become familiar with the most important concepts, definitions and challenges relevant to mediators
  • understand what the specific added values of a mediator are for the resolution of conflicts
  • practice inter-personal negotiation techniques
  • experience the dynamics of a mediation process
  • get a feel of what it is like to be a mediator in the field

The number of participants is limited, so make sure you sign up today!

Have a look at the flyer attached. Applications close on 15 January 2017. Contact us at in case of questions or comments.

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NZZ – Travel Risk Map 2018 : Diese Länder sind 2018 für Reisende tabu

Chile, Südkorea oder Portugal gehören zu den Top-Destinationen im nächsten Jahr, sagt  der Reiseführer «Lonely Planet». Doch es gibt auch Destinationen, wohin sich kein Tourist verirren sollte. Ein Blick auf die «Travel Risk Map 2018».

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TagesAnzeiger – Die gute Welt : Alles, was man berücksichtigen sollte, wenn man die Welt verbessern will.

Viele von uns meinen zu wissen, dass die Welt, wie sie ist, nicht gut sei. Aber wieso gibt es so viele, die zu wissen meinen, wie die Welt sein müsste, damit sie gut wäre? Ich frage: a) Woher haben sie dieses Wissen? b) Wäre die Welt, wenn sie so wäre, wie diese sie gut fänden, auch für mich gut? (Ach ja: Und bitte keinen Leibniz! Grins.) F. F.

Der Psychoanalytiker Peter Schneider beantwortet jeden Mittwoch Fragen zur Philosophie des Alltagslebens.

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AP News – Tanzania president in shock over UN Congo attack

The Latest on deadly attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Congo:

Tanzania’s president is expressing shock over the killing of 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers in the deadliest single attack on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in recent memory.

President John Magufuli is urging the East African nation to remain calm on the eve of its independence day on Saturday.

He also says he is praying for the quick recovery of the 53 peacekeepers injured in Thursday evening’s attack by rebels in eastern Congo.

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devex – Webinar: How to get job search ready for 2018

While hiring tends to slow down around the holidays, employers tend to ramp up their recruitment efforts in the first few months of the new year, with refreshed budgets and new strategies in place. The holidays are therefore a great opportunity to reflect on your career, consider new challenges, and prepare to kick off your job search in 2018.

Kate Warren, senior director and editor at Devex, returns for the second webinar in our three-part Job Search Bootcamp series to discuss the key steps to a strategic job search. This involves “updating and fine tuning your marketing assets,” says Warren “then spending time finding jobs and employers that match what you are looking for and really thinking about how to focus and tailor your outreach accordingly.”

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devex – Unusual, adventurous, and awe-inspiring global development jobs

I want that global development job

Devex takes a look at some of the unusual, adventurous, and awe-inspiring global development jobs we came across last year — from artisanal chocolate in Côte d’Ivoire, to sea life conservation in South Africa, to sustainable tourism in the Andes.

While these jobs are not without their challenges, here are some of the fun, delicious, and innovative ways that entrepreneurs, researchers, and organizations are contributing to global development.

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UNV – International Volunteer Day 2017 : Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere.

Our campaign for International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2017, “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”, celebrated worldwide on December 5, is a recognition of the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who answer calls in times of crisis, helping save lives today and supporting those who want to continue living their lives with dignity tomorrow. #VolunteersActFirst

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swisspeace – à propos, das Friedensmagazin von KOFF : Migration und Friedensförderung

Migration und Friedensförderung

Migration führt zu Konflikten und Konflikte führen zu Migration. Beide Kausalitäten erscheinen intuitiv nachvollziehbar und sind in den alltäglichen Diskurs vorgedrungen. Der  Zusammenhang zwischen diesen beiden Phänomenen ist allerdings komplexer, als er auf den ersten Blick erscheint und es besteht das Risiko, dass er politisch instrumentalisiert wird.

In dieser Ausgabe werden deshalb die Interaktionen zwischen Migration und Friedensförderung aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven beleuchtet. Alle Beiträge stammen von NGO-Trägern. Die Autorinnen und Autoren schildern kreative Lösungsansätze, die zeigen, wie Menschen, die sich im Spannungsfeld von Migration und Konflikt befinden, unterstützt werden. Dabei verdeutlichen sie, dass die Friedensförderung ein Schlüsselinstrument im Umgang mit Migration darstellt.

Im letzten Beitrag der Rubrik «Dossier» geben wir zudem einen kurzen Überblick über die Neuerungen des Bundes im Bereich der Migrationsaussenpolitik.

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KM4Dev – What are most impactful ways of using mobile technology for development?

We [at the University of Delhi] documented our learnings as well as how the mobile technology was implemented and the challenges we faced through case studies on these partners. Here are some case studies you may find useful:

  1. Disaster Relief: Using mobile technology to optimize disaster relief efforts and real-time alerts to donors (Link)
  2. Healthcare: Collecting primary data about maternal healthcare and infant mortality in government health centres in India (Link) 
  3. Energy: Conducting field research and gathering real-time feedback on the adoption of low-cost alternatives to kerosene lamps in Kenya (Link)
  4. Community: Conducting thorough impact assessment for 1000 self-help groups to fight gender discrimination in India (Link)