(Re)integration advanced training

Dates and venue : July 8 to 14, 2017 in Barcelona.

(Re)integration advanced training course

Several targeted (re)integration, self-reliance and community security projects usually occur in parallel. They tend to create further divisions in the communities, and are often not sustainable. Often, separate programmes are provided for children which, in many cases, are not linked to the adults’ reintegration programmes, reducing opportunities for benefitting from the pooled resources and having young people falling in the cracks. Most programmes are highly centralised and thereby do not adequately respond to local contexts, nor empower local actors to plan, execute, and own the processes.

This course explores these dynamics and proposes different means to build bridges between the different (re)integration, stabilisation, community security, community violence reduction and resilience approaches and its target groups (e.g. ex-combatants, returnees, refugees, internally displaced persons, children released from armed forces and groups and other young people at risk) in order to foster durable solutions, stability, local economic development, and (re)integration of the different groups in their host- or receiving communities. It explores responding to new realities, new practices and theories, including on (re)integration and prevention approaches in ongoing conflicts, radicalisation, recruitment and disengagement from extremist groups, sustainability of reintegration etc. Finally, the course presents an innovative approach for more comprehensive context and community driven (re)integration, integration, resilience, and community security programming, named Community Based Reintegration and Security (CBRS).

Objectives

The training will allow participants to assess specificities of different programming contexts, develop informed and coherent programmatic responses, and coordinate and implement coherent and context-driven socio-economic (re)integration and community security programmes in partnership with communities. The overall objectives of the course are therefore to:

  1. Create a common understanding of the different approaches in (re)integration, release and reintegration of children, resilience, community violence reduction, community security and youth in conflict programming, and build bridges between the participants coming from these different fields;
  2. Obtain the tools to effectively assess local context dynamics for programming in insecure areas;
  3. Learn how to design and adapt context driven CBRS-like interventions, in a participatory fashion;
  4. Obtain the tools to implement context driven CBRS programming including: information, counselling, and referral systems, targeted (re)integration assistance, local economic development, social support and development, and security and small arms and light weapons management
  5. Learn how to address cross-cutting issues including public information, persons with disabilities, natural resource management, gender and age responsiveness, conflict sensitivity, and especially capacity development of local service providers;
  6. Explore implementation modalities and innovative community driven monitoring and evaluation approaches

The course is designed to benefit government of officials of locations where (re)integration programming is relevant, civil society actors of these countries, and staff from UN, research institutes and other international organisations and donors supporting these processes.

Organized by

The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) jointly with Transition International (TI).

More info

More information about the course, online application and fees.

Related links

Transition International