The 2-week training program, aimed to students and young laders aged 21-35, uses a multi-pronged approach to explore the effectiveness of conflict resolution strategies and teach those, which have been most successful.
- Firstly, there is a breakdown and analysis of the events surrounding certain negotiations by some of those closest to the most intimate details – facilitating a unique transfer of knowledge about how the political climate and other variables affect the negotiation strategies of stakeholders for better or worse.
- Secondly, workshops and training exercises are used to transmit different skill sets employed in conflict resolution. Differences between bargaining, problem solving, positional negotiation, interest-based negotiation, mediation, peace building, traditional indigenous methods of conflict resolution, and conflict management were examined during the workshops and the participants practiced these techniques in role plays and simulations. Workshops, training and simulations are run by trainers from the Centre for Conflict Resolution (South Africa), the Triad Consulting Group (Harvard) and our Academic Director and PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, Sarah Williams.
- The third training method - and quite possibly the one most likely to produce tangible constructive outcomes in the Sub-Saharan region in general and South Africa in particular – is designed as an exercise in project development and project implementation. Under the guidance of IIMCR staff, participants design small scale projects, called Track II assignments, aimed at reducing the escalation of conflict, managing conflict or resolving conflict in the Sub-Saharan region. The area targeted and the method are left to the participants to design but IIMCR staff help fine tune the proposals and meet out any possible pit falls or sources of friction. The implementation of the project is carried out on a later date when financial and logistical resources have been obtained.
Please visit: www.iimcr.org for more details.
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