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TC109: Technology for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

October 6, 2014 - October 31, 2014

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Facilitated by Charles Martin-Shields

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Course Description

 

During the last ten years access to mobile phones and internet has increased dramatically worldwide, including regions affected by conflict and violence.  These developments provide conflict management and resolution professionals with a variety of new tools for monitoring violence, sustaining dialogue during peace processes, and localizing peacebuilding efforts.  This course will cover the use of mobile phones, digital mapping, and social media in conflict management and peacebuilding.  Case studies from Kenya, Syria, Uganda and Myanmar, live discussions with experts from international organizations, academia and government, and instructor moderated discussions will make up the core of the learning experience.  Participants will also get hands-on experience with mapping software during a simulation the final week of the course.  By the end of the course, participants should expect to have developed an understanding of how different pieces of technology work, be able to do basic assessments of technology integration for their organizations, and some basic hands-on experience with crowdsourcing technologies.

 

You can explore the course syllabus here

Course Topics and Featured Tech

  • Participatory mapping and GIS in conflict analysis
  • Conflict prevention in the era of Twitter, Facebook and Youtube
  • Mobile applications for conflict analysis and prevention
  • 21st century strategies for data management and information security
  • Localizing conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts through technology

Course Objectives

The course is designed for conflict management professionals to assist them in understanding the roles of technology in conflict prevention and peacekeeping.  No specific technological skills are required for the course.  Participants will be able to:

  • critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology in conflict-affected settings.
  • connect relevant conflict analysis, peacekeeping and peacebuilding theories to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
  • manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools in their work, both in headquarters and field settings.
  • to design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools to address conflict risk and enhance local peacebuilding capacity
  • develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with technology to address social problems

Guest Experts

Dr. Walter Dorn
Chair of the Dept. of Security & Int'l Affairs, Canadian Forces College
Jessica Heinzelman
Senior ICT Specialist at DAI
Kathryn Striffolino
Advocate & Science for Human Rights Project Coordinator, Crisis Prevention & Response, Amnesty International
Gerard McCarthy
Australian National University
Caitlin Turner
Carleton University
Robert Baker
Project & Outreach Manager for Ushahidi

Platform Screenshots

Gain practical skills through exercises and simulations

Exchange with leading experts in the field in real time

Stay engaged with progress maps and points systems

Network and collaborate with professionals from dozens of countries

Cost

  • $395 if application and payment is submitted by May 30
  • $445 if application and payment is submitted by course start date
  • Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us at info [at] techchange.org.
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