United States Institute of Peace
This independent national institute founded by Congress is dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for US and global security. The Institute provides training, analysis, and other resources to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.
Here, you will receive three days of face-to-face training focused on dialogue and facilitation skills for peace and justice leaders during the optional DC portion of the CONTACT program. You’ll learn from internationally recognized peace and justice promotion faculty such as Pamela Aall, George Lopez, and Jeffrey Helsing, who will teach five courses across the two-year degree. Courses in the curriculum that will be taught by USIP experts include: Introduction to Peacebuilding, Conflict Analysis, Strategic Peacebuilding, Design Monitoring and Evaluation in Fragile Environments, and Civil Resistance.
Alliance for Peacebuilding
You will receive a day’s worth of face-to-face training from the alliance—a membership network of more than 100 of the most important organizations in the world active in the fields of conflict transformation, peace-promotion, sustainable development, and security—during the Washington, DC, portion of the CONTACT program. Senior staff from the alliance will share their observations about the current peacebuilding landscape across the globe, opportunities for NGOs in the peacebuilding field, and core challenges facing peacebuilders.
Following this, you’ll take a one-credit online course taught by a senior alliance staff member. This course, titled From Grant Writing to Policy Briefs: Essential Skills in Peace and Justice Promotion, will give you a real-world understanding of how to communicate and advocate to advance peace and justice initiatives.
The alliance will also connect you with one of their peacebuilding, conflict transformation, or justice promotion organizations working domestically or internationally. In collaboration with this organization, you’ll complete a three credit capstone project that addresses a problem or works on a project (for instance, monitoring and evaluation, an advocacy campaign, basic research). This project will be worked on remotely, with a product presented and delivered at the end of a three-month period.