Archive for March 3, 2011

Critical Skills for Peacemakers: Training towards the intersection of international conflict management and social entrepreneurship

The world is at a critical juncture, and frankly, the way in which young persons are educated to address the complex and interconnected global ills plaguing communities around the world has not evolved to meet the need.

Education in crucial conflict prevention and resolution theory and practical social entrepreneurial skills largely takes place in two distinct bubbles with little crossover; in a handful of universities and in small-scale projects in conflict and post-conflict countries.  Due to a lack of time and resources, critical tools that should be learned and utilized in conjunction are taught in separate classes/trainings or not at all.  University classes are heavy on theory, although most lack a mechanism for training students in practical skills.  The inverse is true for trainees in conflict and post-conflict countries.  Furthermore, university students and trainees in the field are rarely, if ever, offered the opportunity to collaborate in such a way as to spark crucial peer learning.  Finally, the vast majority of future Peace & Security leaders lack the support and input from a global network of peers and experts which can provide them with new tools and resources, as well as guide them in their work (although the Peace & Collaborative Development Network is making inroads here).  Future leaders are not bound by a lack of energy or fresh ideas; they are instead constrained by a lack of opportunity and support to achieve their ambitious goals! Ashoka and the International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) are both at the forefront in the battle to break through these barriers by locating, training, and empowering leaders across the globe.

While Ashoka is the preeminent organization fearlessly pursuing the empowerment of people and communities through social entrepreneurship, IPSI is the preeminent training program for emerging peace and security leaders that want to tie social entrepreneurship to the broader ideas of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.  IPSI is an organization that was founded by many of the world’s top peace and security leaders to ensure that the next generation is equipped to overcome the immense issuen the horizon.  IPSI bridges the deepening chasm between academic theory and on-the-ground lessons in the field by running month-long trainings where world leaders personally convey their knowledge and expertise to a select group of future peacemakers.  These leaders and IPSI collaborate to develop hands-on curriculum based on personal experience, overcoming the gap between theory and practical skillsI.PSI is proud to announce that the social entrepreneurship workshops at this summer’s Symposium will be run by representatives from Ashoka and Search for Common Ground (SFCG), in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jerry White and Partners for Democratic Change founder Raymond Shonholtz.  You can learn more about IPSI’s upcoming four-week training, the 2011 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, a…, run in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at their Bologna Center this June – July by visiting IPSI’s website: ipsinstitute.org/

Regular Decision and Scholarship Applications for participation are due by March 14.

While Ashoka is the preeminent organization fearlessly pursuing the empowerment of people and communities through social entrepreneurship, IPSI is the preeminent training program for emerging peace and security leaders that want to tie social entrepreneurship to the broader ideas of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.  IPSI is an organization that was founded by many of the world’s top peace and security leaders to ensure that the next generation is equipped to overcome the immense issues on the horizon.  IPSI bridges the deepening chasm between academic theory and on-the-ground lessons in the field by running month-long trainings where world leaders personally convey their knowledge and expertise to a select group of future peacemakers.  These leaders and IPSI collaborate to develop hands-on curriculum based on personal experience, overcoming the gap between theory and practical skillsI.PSI is proud to announce that the social entrepreneurship workshops at this summer’s Symposium will be run by representatives from Ashoka and Search for Common Ground (SFCG), in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jerry White and Partners for Democratic Change founder Raymond Shonholtz.  You can learn more about IPSI’s upcoming four-week training, the 2011 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, a…, run in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at their Bologna Center this June – July by visiting IPSI’s websiteRegular Decision and Scholarship Applications for participation are due by March 14.

Summer Peacebuilding Course

Posted: March 3, 2011 in News and Views

Program Overview

Participants

The Summer Peacebuilding Program is a three-week, three-graduate credit professional and development training in conflict transformation. The program serves the needs of working professionals who want to further their skills and knowledge in peacebuilding, as well as those who plan to pursue a graduate degree in conflict transformation.

The program explores ways to confront the past, intervene in the present, and create a shared vision for a secure and sustainable future. Through experiential and participatory education, participants develop a full range of peacebuilding skills and techniques.

For applications and further details please visit http://www.sit.edu/graduate/6858.htm

As soon as violent crises broke out in Libya, Foreign Ministeries of different governments inculding Pakistan have activated their efforts for the evcuation of their nationals.

According to Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan received by our correspondent Sikander ali, 75 Pakistani nationals crossed over from Libya to Egypt. They have been received and are being repatriated by the Pakistan Embassy in Egypt from Alexandria to Pakistan. Another group of 36 Pakistani nationals are being flown out of Egypt and will arrive in Islamabad on Thursday morning. A group of 195 Pakistani nationals evacuated by sea to Marmaris (Turkey) have been received by the Pakistan Embassy in Turkey. A PIA charter flight has been dispatched to Dalaman (Turkey) to bring back these Pakistanis to Lahore. Pakistan Embassy in Tunisia has arranged the repatriation of 10 Pakistani nationals who will arrive at Karachi airport on March 4, 2011 by commercial flight arranged by the government.

Accoridng to sources, 53 citizens of Philipines have been evacuated by the Government of Philipines from Libya (Official Gazette). After seeking landing permits from Libyan government, Greece Foreign and Defence Minsitry has put 3 transport aircraft on alert for five airports (Tripoli, Surt, Sabha, Benghazi and Jalu). The number of registered Greece citizen who have registered themselves at the Embassy has been reported between 280-300. Accoridng to media reports, the Department of State has already issued instruction to its citizens to leave Libya. As per instruction, they were reproting to the As-Shahab port in the capital of Tripoli with their passports. It is said boarding the vessel would be on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said the Indian Ambassador in Libya was seeking permission for planes and ships to evacuate the 18,000 Indians, 13,000 around Tripoli and the remaining scattered in the east of the country.

All governments are trying hard to evacuate theri citizens from Libya safely. Due to difficulties in comunication and down mobile network in Libya foreign Governments are facing problems in getting connected with their citizens but they have used other means to reach their citizens working in different part of Libya to make sure they are safe or their safe evacuation could be organized by the governments if security situation is further deteriorated. RightsNow Pakistan appreciates Pakistan Governments’ organized and speedy efforts in evcauting its citizens from Libya.