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17 May Health and Humanitarian Responses in Complex Emergencies

Due to unforeseen circumstances this course, which was due to take place from 17–18 May, has been postponed. It is anticipated that the course will be rescheduled to run in December 2014 (dates TBC). Applications submitted will be put forward for the December course.

Saturday, 17 May 2014 to Sunday, 18 May 2014

Complex emergencies can result in movements of populations, widespread malnutrition, disease, mental illness, suffering and other outcomes that trigger humanitarian responses from a wide range of national and international actors. Many deleterious outcomes of complex emergencies could be prevented through effective programming directed toward physical and psychological health and well-being.

This two day short course will present critical examination of the normative frameworks for humanitarian responses in addressing the health and well-being of populations in complex emergencies. Alternative approaches to complex emergencies will also be presented and assessed.

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17 May Statelessness and International Law

Saturday, 17 May 2014 to Sunday, 18 May 2014

The issue of statelessness is rising steadily on the agenda of the United Nations, regional institutions, governments and civil society. There is also an increasing body of theoretical and empirical research looking at citizenship and lack thereof from various perspectives. It is within this context that the Refugee Studies Centre offers its third short course on statelessness and international law.

This two day, non-residential course will be presented by some of the leading experts on this issue. It will be participative and interactive, involving practical examples and case studies. The course will cover various thematic areas, including an overview of the problem of statelessness in today’s world; the politics and ethics of statelessness; the international legal framework governing statelessness; and UNHCR’s statelessness work. Case studies will be drawn from current statelessness situations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

This programme qualifies for Continuing Professional Development with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (CPD SRA) in the United Kingdom.


Instructor

Dr Cathryn Costello, Andrew W. Mellon University Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee Studies Centre 


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Fee: £350. The fee includes tuition, lunch and all course materials. Participants will need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and arrange any country entry requirements.

Instructions for payment of course fee will be sent with your offer of place. Your place will be confirmed once payment has been received. Offers are made on a first-come-first-served basis to suitably qualified and experienced applicants.

Maximum thirty spaces

Complete the online application form: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/study/short-courses/statelessness/application

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14 Jun Rift Valley Institute’s three field courses

 

Applications for the Rift Valley Institute's 2014 field courses are now open and a prospectus is available from the Rift Valley Institute's website. The three courses, on the Horn of Africa, Sudan and South Sudan, and the Great Lakes will take place from May to July in Kenya and Burundi. 


Now in their eleventh year, the Rift Valley Institute's three field course offer a unique opportunity to spend an intensive week with an outstanding group of experts and fellow participants, away from routine distractions. Taught by teams of leading regional and international specialists, the courses are open to policy-makers, diplomats, investors, development workers, researchers, activists and journalists and provide the basis for an understanding of current political and developmental challenges in three sub-regions: Sudan and South Sudan; the Horn of Africa; and the Great Lakes.

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16 Jun Evaluation of Humanitarian Action - EHA

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action 

16 – 18 June 2014. Brussels, Belgium

This is the 9th year that we are offering this international basic-intermediate level training course, based on the new ALNAP Guide on ‘Evaluating Humanitarian Action’. The course will be run by the co-authors of the ALNAP Guide, Margie Buchanan-Smith and John Cosgrave, enabling course participants to learn from the leading evaluators in this field.

About the course

This course has the overall aim of making evaluations of humanitarian action more effective in contributing to the improved performance of interventions and to improve the quality of the evaluation process.

This year the training sessions will be held at the Steigenberger Grandhotel (www.brussels.steigenberger.be)in Brussels.

 

Designed for

This course is open to evaluators, managers and users of evaluations. Previous evaluation experience is not necessary, but some knowledge and experience of humanitarian action is required. 

There will be many opportunities for learning and exchange between participants who are invited to bring examples of evaluations that they may be designing, carrying out and/ or managing in the future, to work through as case studies.

The learning objectives of the course are to achieve:

1.    Greater clarity of the purpose and objectives of EHA, and of the principal challenges of doing EHA.

2.    Better understanding of evaluation criteria and of the most relevant frameworks against which humanitarian assistance should be evaluated.

3.    A practical approach to planning, designing, implementing and following through on evaluations of humanitarian assistance.

 

Please find more information and the attached course outline and application form, which can also be found on the following link: http://www.channelresearch.com/2014/03/evaluation-humanitarian-action/

 

For any further information or if you wish to apply, please contact our training team at training@channelresearch.comor ortiz@channelresearch.com

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your network. 

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16 Jun Training: Evaluation of Humanitarian Action

Training: Evaluation of Humanitarian Action 

16 - 18 June 2014

Brussels, Belgium

 

This is the 9th year that we are offering this international basic-intermediate level training course, based on the new ALNAP Guide on ‘Evaluating Humanitarian Action’. The course will be run by the co-authors of the ALNAP Guide, Margie Buchanan-Smith and John Cosgrave, enabling course participants to learn from the leading evaluators in this field.

About the course

This course has the overall aim of making evaluations of humanitarian action more effective in contributing to the improved performance of interventions and to improve the quality of the evaluation process.

This year the training sessions will be held at the Steigenberger Grandhotel (www.brussels.steigenberger.be)in Brussels.

 

Designed for

This course is open to evaluators, managers and users of evaluations. Previous evaluation experience is not necessary, but some knowledge and experience of humanitarian action is required. 

There will be many opportunities for learning and exchange between participants who are invited to bring examples of evaluations that they may be designing, carrying out and/ or managing in the future, to work through as case studies.

The learning objectives of the course are to achieve:

1. Greater clarity of the purpose and objectives of EHA, and of the principal challenges of doing EHA.

2. Better understanding of evaluation criteria and of the most relevant frameworks against which humanitarian assistance should be evaluated.

3. A practical approach to planning, designing, implementing and following through on evaluations of humanitarian assistance.

 

Please find more information and the attached course outline and application form, which can also be found on the following link: http://www.channelresearch.com/2014/03/evaluation-humanitarian-action/

 

For any further information or if you wish to apply, please contact our training team at training@channelresearch.comor ortiz@channelresearch.com

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your network. 

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07 Jul International Summer School in Forced Migration

7-25 July 2014

The International Summer School in Forced Migration fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and forced migrants.

The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

Now in its 25th year, the three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection.

The Summer School is intended for:

  • Mid-career and senior policymakers and practitioners involved with humanitarian assistance and policy making for forced migrants. Participants typically include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency personnel engaged in planning, administering and co-ordinating assistance.
  • Researchers specialising in the study of forced migration.


Entry requirements 

Applicants should have:

  • Substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants;
  • A first degree as a minimum;
  • Proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.


Funding

Asfari Foundation bursaries are available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria (or Palestinians and Syrians resident in the Arab world).

Candidates wishing to be considered for an Asfari Foundation bursary must apply directly via the International Summer School office and not the Asfari Foundation. Please note the deadline for an Asfari Foundation bursary application to the International Summer School is 1 March 2014.

Other bursary funding is also available to nationals of the global South. For all enquiries, please contact: summer.school@qeh.ox.ac.uk. 


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Fee: £3,220. This includes 19 nights’ bed-and-breakfast accommodation; all tuition; all course materials, including reading materials; and a range of social activities. Lunches, evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee.

Complete the online application form: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/study/international-summer-school/application

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14 Jul Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Skills - Summer School for Students, Graduates and Practitioners. Istanbul.

The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University (UK) and Kadir Has University (Turkey) are once again offering our joint summer school in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Skills

This experiential skills-building course is premised on conflict being an inevitable consequence of change and development. While we all come across conflict in our daily lives, the mishandling of it can cause us and those around us significant harm. We offer insights into the dynamics of conflict at all levels, from personal to global. As well as providing an introduction to conflict analysis, we seek to strengthen participants’ competencies in the range of skills needed to resolve and access the constructive potential of conflict effectively.

We do this by case-studying the approaches of others dealing with conflict around the world, from diplomats to non-violence activists. We will introduce conflict resolution methods which can be used in a range of home, work and community contexts.

The course caters to a wide range of participants – including advanced-year undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-academic professionals in the non-profit, government or business sectors.

How the course is taught

We draw from multiple disciplines across the social sciences to present a diverse and topical programme based on experiential learning, making use of a range of instructional tools including role plays, case studies and debates. Throughout the course, we provide students with ample opportunity to actively experiment in order to engage with key concepts in a participatory and meaningful way.

The content material is designed to introduce participants to the challenges, dilemmas and opportunities involved in conflict resolution and peacebuilding work across a range of contexts and to introduce them to our distinctive approach which seeks to find long-term solutions to conflict based on the principles of inclusivity, relationship-building and non-violence.

Participants completing the five full days of training will receive a certificate of completion from Coventry University and Kadir Has University.

Cost: $1000 including accommodation, $700 without. This includes tuition (5 day course), meals at the campus cafeteria, short tours and social activities on campus. Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course.

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16 Jul Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions - 2014

Date: 16 – 23 July 2014

Venue: University of York, York, United Kingdom

The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York are pleased to offer their fifth annual ‘Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions’. The week-long programme targeting mid-career and senior professionals will be held on the parkland campus of the University of York.

The course aims to facilitate learning and guided reflection on the crucial issues of the political, strategic and operational challenges of nurturing transition from conflict to stability and peace. Course participants will engage in a participatory learning process that combines lectures from distinguished academics and practitioners, with small group discussions and exercises.

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10 Sep Training: Monitoring & Evaluation for Initiatives in Complex and Fast Moving Situations

Training: Monitoring & Evaluation for Initiatives in Complex and Fast Moving Situations

 10 - 12 September 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Intermediate level

About the course

The training covers essential methodologies of evaluation and applies them to conflict intervention, peace-building, and recovery initiatives. We cover challenges such as rudimentary plans, lack of information and complex implementation structures. 

Who is the course for?

This training is intended for professionals who have already engaged in evaluations, or who have carried out work in or on unstable environments. Specific experience in conflict evaluation is not required.

What will you learn?

- Purpose, types and scope of peace building evaluation

- Evaluation criteria, Channel Research’s conflict mapping method, data collection methods and analysis

- Evaluation management

- Use and dissemination of evaluations

- Ethics in evaluation related to conflict prevention and peace building.

How will you benefit?

The course will give those commissioning or carrying out Monitoring and Evaluation:

-  a better understanding of the fundamental concepts used in this field

-  the ability to better allocate resources effectively including data collection, human resources and time, or use of the final products

-  You will also have the opportunity to discuss your own projects and case studies.

For more information, course outline and application form: http://www.channelresearch.com/2014/03/me-in-complex-situations-2014/

About Channel Research:

Channel Research is a leading edge consultancy specializing in M&E and social impact evaluations in fragile and fast-changing situations.

 

For any questions, or if you wish to apply for this training, please do not hesitate to contact our training team at: training@channelresearch.com phone +32 2 633 65 29

 

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your network. 

 

Kind regards,

 Channel Research. 

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15 Sep Advanced training in M&E for Unstable Environments and Complex Interventions

Monitoring & Evaluation for Unstable Environments and Complex Interventions

15 - 18 September, 2014 (Brussels, Belgium) Advanced level 

About the course

This is the 9th year we run this course based on the newest guidelines established by the OECD-DAC and providing methodologies for carrying out assessments of conflict sensitivity, conflict situations and, subsequently, evaluating the performance of peace-building and conflict prevention activities in a seminar format with focus on methods and challenges.

Who is the course for?

The course is intended for those with experience in evaluations, and an interest in, conflict situations and complex interventions.

What will I learn?

•    to situate M&E in relation to audit and impact assessments, within broad learning and accountability functions.

•    to capture the context by applying different context mapping tools

•    the key aspects of managing evaluation

•    about design of monitoring system in conditions of turbulence

•    the concept of conflict sensitivity to capture the secondary effect of aid on conflict

•    about ownership in evaluation, utilisation focused evaluation, participatory approaches to M&E and ethics

 

How will I benefit?

The course will give those commissioning or carrying out Monitoring and Evaluation:

•    Increased understanding of tools to carry out contextual analysis and how to weave these into evaluation

•    Improved skills in evaluation design and field data collection.

•    Familiarity with the broader community of practice of evaluators, seen from a wide number of institutional and stakeholder angles.

 

Course trainers

The course trainers are Mr. Martin Steinmeyer and Mr Emery Brusset. Both are veterans in the field of evaluating conflict prevention and peace building initiatives, including leading evaluations and developing M&E systems for various organisations.

For more information, course outline and application form:

http://www.channelresearch.com/2014/03/me-unstable-environments-and-complex-interventions/

For any questions, or if you wish to apply for this training, please do not hesitate to contact our training team training@channelresearch.com phone +32 32 2 633 65 29

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your network. 

Kind regards, 

Channel Research

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