ACCORD’s Angola Country Programme will be hosting an advanced conflict management training for civil society in the province of Huambo from 6 -10 February 2007. Participants attending the course have been selected from the provinces of Huambo, Bié, Huila, and Cuenene.
The objectives of the course are:
- To improve the ability of civil society representatives to identify disputes, assess the situation and design appropriate responses before dispute situations develop into violent conflict;
- To enhance the understanding of the role of negotiation and mediation in conflict management;
- To develop teams of conflict management practitioners and facilitators; and
- To build the capacity of local civil society organizations to constructively and effectively engage other key stakeholders and complement the various initiatives contributing to the peace-building process in Angola.
The course will be attended by 25 participants from 4 provinces in Angola; namely, Huambo, Bié, Huila, Cuenene. At least 10 participants will be women, as a strategic step to provide women with the opportunity to make an impact in the civil society movement in Angola. 10 participants from this group will be selected and invited to attend a train-the-trainers course to be held later in 2007, in order to produce a pool of trainers who can be used for future activities throughout the country.
The importance of bringing together these different groups of people is to create an appropriate atmosphere for interaction and dialogue. Furthermore, this will enhance networking between the participants, who are currently working in peace-building initiatives in their respective organizations and provinces.