• Assessing Progress Towards Sustainable Peace Workshops at SGPIA

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    Are you a practitioner, activist, scholar, student, or journalist who wants to engage in critical debates join the critical discourse around global challenges – from ending and preventing violent conflict and building sustainable peace, to addressing injustices in the world economy  and social justice? Do you want to explore innovative ways to re-imagine policies and drive global change in accordance with the United Nations 2030 agenda? Assessing progress towards sustainable peace in countries emerging from or experiencing violent conflict and fragility is a critical contemporary challenge, both given the devastating human costs and the ability of these destructive processes to undermine efforts toward achieving sustainable development.

    The Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs is offering workshops on assessing progress towards sustainable peace in the fall semester and economic governance in the spring. that engage with socially and environmentally responsible development. Taught by leading professionals in the international affairs community, these intensive seminars are designed to help you develop fresh perspectives on major challenges and controversies in global governance. Fall semester workshops begin September 2016. For non-credit students, registration begins July 6. Non-credit tuition is $450 for each workshop.

    Each three session course consists of a full Saturday in person, on campus workshop (10am-5pm) and two Thursday evening online sessions (6-8pm). The workshops / short courses are limited to 25 participants to maximize student-faculty interaction. They can be taken for credit (undergraduate or graduate) or noncredit, supporting a diverse learning environment that allows for tailored study. 

    Course 1: Sustainable Peace and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - September 8th, 10th, 15th

    This course will investigate how issues of peace, conflict and fragility feature in the "Agenda 2030" Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, and will examine the pathways for implementing and measuring progress of the agenda through the realization of related goals and targets. The course will focus on country contexts affected by conflict and fragility, while addressing the wider links and applications of this universal framework. This course aims to ensure students:

    • Understand how peace and fragility issues are incorporated in the SDG framework – both through Goal 16 (Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, Access to Justice, and Accountable Institutions) andthrough other goals and targets throughout the framework, i.e. around gender and participation, and inequality, as well as measures to counter international drivers of conflict and fragility;
    • Understand the technical, political and contextual issues around how peace sustainability can be understood and assessed through this framework, drawing lessons from both the MDG and the New Deal implementation.

    Faculty: Sam Doe (UNDP) and Dr. Erin McCandless (GPIA)

    NINT 5008 - Credit | Non-Credit 

    Course 2: UN Peace Operations in Transitional Settings: Assessing Progress towards Sustainable Peace - October 20th, 22nd, and 24th

    Unite Nations (UN) peace operations have become a central tool of the international community's efforts to support sustainable peace in post-conflict societies – and increasingly to help reduce violence in situations of ongoing conflict. The proliferation of peace operations has coincided with increasingly complex and ambitious mandates and a far longer average life-cycle of peace-keeping missions. As Member States increasingly demand that UN peace operations become more efficient and effective, greater attention has focused on developing the theories and tools for measuring whether countries move towards durable peace, how UN peace operations contribute to that process, and when it may become possible to withdraw UN post-conflict operations without risking a relapse into conflict. The non-linear nature of conflict and peacebuilding as well as the highly dynamic and complex environments into which peace operations deploy, however, present formidable challenges to this endeavor, and UN peace operations continue to struggle to plan for and measure progress in a systematic manner. This course will allow students to understand:

    • Key approaches being used for measuring and benchmarking progress in these complex conflict settings;
    • The related political and methodological challenges of assessing progress toward transition from conflict to peace, and the primary efforts to overcome these challenges.

    Faculty: Oliver Ulich, Jascha Scheele from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Dr. Erin McCandless (GPIA)

    NINT 5009 - Credit | Non-Credit

    Course 3: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding - November 10th, 12th, and 17th

    This course focuses on project and program design, monitoring and evaluation methods to better ensure outcomes that contribute to peace. Peacebuilding DM&E can refer to peacebuilding-specific projects and programs, or those in other sectors (e.g. security, rule of law, governance, social services) that aim to be "conflict and peace sensitive."  This course aims to ensure students:

    • Are familiar with leading methodologies designed for peacebuilding DM&E;
    • Can develop and employ conflict and peace sensitive analysis to shape project and program design;
    • Understand theories of change to contextualize and shape program design;
    • Are able to develop M&E methods, including appropriate indicators that support these approaches.

    Faculty: Dr. Erin McCandless (GPIA)

    NINT 5010 - Credit | Non-Credit

  • Faculty

    Samuel Gbaydee Doe

    Samuel Gbaydee Doe is Senior Policy Adviser for crisis, fragility and resilience in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. Previously, Mr. Doe was the Senior Policy Adviser and Team Leader in the Policy and Planning Division of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. He joined the UN in 2006 as Senior Consultant for Strategic Coordination and Peacebuilding with the UN Mission in Liberia and in 2007 with UNDP’s Pacific Regional Centre in Fiji as Senior Conflict Prevention and Civil Society Development Expert. From December 2007 until November 2010, he was the Development and Reconciliation Advisor to the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka and later Senior Political Advisor to the Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka. He later joined BCPR as Advisor and Team Leader in the Policy and Planning Division in 2011. Prior to the UN, Mr. Doe was a civil society leader in Africa for 15 years, having established and led the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, the largest peacebuilding civil society network in Africa; served as chair for the Forum on Early Warning and Early Response, a global network of conflict prevention scholars and practitioners, based in London; and founding Chair of the International Conflict and Security Consulting in London. Mr. Doe is a Liberian national and holds a doctorate in Social and International Affairs from Bradford University (UK). He currently teaches part time at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University (USA), and has published books, chapters, and articles including a book on how to use indigenous resources in rebuilding failed and collapsed states.

    Oliver Ulich

    Oliver Ulich is the head of policy and partnerships in the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division in the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support of the United Nations Secretariat. Prior to joining DPKO in 2010, Mr. Ulich worked in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Mission in Sudan and for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, where he covered Afghanistan, Iraq, the occupied Palestinian territory, and Sudan. He was an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University from 2006 to 2010.  Before joining the UN in 2001, Mr. Ulich worked as an attorney for major international law firms in New York, Hong Kong and London on large scale infrastructure and energy projects.

    Jascha Scheele

    Jascha Scheele is responsible for the implementation of a three-year joint UNDP/DPA/DKPO project that aims to enhance integrated planning and management of UN transition processes in the context of mission drawdown and withdrawal. A key component of the project is the identification, capturing and sharing lessons and good practices related to the use of benchmarks by UN missions to determine the speed and scope of transition processes. Prior to his current position Jascha has been working for 5 years in the DPKO/DFS Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training, focusing on organizational learning in UN peacekeeping. Before becoming a UN staff member, Jascha worked with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation and the Assembly of European Regions in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He holds a Masters in Organizational Change Management from the New School and a Masters in International Relations from the Humboldt University in Berlin.

    Erin McCandless

    Erin McCandless (Ph.D) is a widely published academic scholar and practitioner with over two decades of experience working on and in conflict affected settings, broadly on issues of peacebuilding, statebuilding, governance, development and resilience – and their intersections. Dr. McCandless serves as part-time faculty at The New School in New York, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, and founder and Co-Executive Editor of the international, refereed Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. She consults widely across the United Nations system and with other international organizations, and serves as a civil society representative in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) and/or New Deal process, including as a Co-Chair of the IDPS Working Group on New Deal Implementation. More information on Dr. McCandless more than fifty publications, including three books and several important United Nations policy reports, can be found on her website: www.erinmccandless.net.

    Jonas Horner

    Jonas Horner is Coordinator of the UN Task Team on Conflict Prevention within the UN Development Group. Most recently, he spent five years in Sudan and South Sudan with UNDP as Programme Coordinator of the peacebuilding Joint Conflict Reduction Programme and then as Technical Advisor on Conflict and Peacebuilding to the European Union. He worked on strategic planning for UNICEF in Sudan and built conflict sensitivity and conflict modifier frameworks for USAID and DFID in South Sudan. Prior to this, he was Africa Analyst with political risk consultancy the Eurasia Group providing forward-looking political analysis on East and West Africa for the Japanese, Swiss, British and American governments and the private sector. Mr. Horner worked in the Niger Delta and Northern Nigeria with the Small Arms Survey looking at the trafficking, acquisition and use of small arms and light weapons and their effects on human security, public health, governance and was with the same organization in Sudan administering a large-scale human security survey aimed at informing Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programs as part of the country’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

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