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Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation

A Pan-African Centre for Study, Reflection and Worship


Mennonite Central Committee

Kitwe, Zambia

African Peacebuilding Institute 2004

The Africa Peacebuilding Institute (API), now in its fourth year of operation has seen encouraging development and expansion. The 2004 API will be held between 9 February and 19 March. Participants are expected to arrive before Friday, 6 February. The institute has been re-designed in four (4) sessions with the choice of two (2) courses per session running concurrently. Each course is 7 days in length. No classes are scheduled over weekends. Applicants will choose one of the two courses offered in each session. The Africa Peacebuilding Institute (API) offers an intensive study of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation rooted in, and responding to challenges emerging from the African context. Practitioners from across the continent come together to study and reflect on conflict transformation theory and practice and to interact with others involved with peacebuilding. The Institute is held at Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation (MEF) in Kitwe, Zambia. Participants can choose from the 8 modules offered in four sessions or register for the entire institute. Conducted in English, courses at API focus on combining theory and practice for conflict transformation through peacebuilding, nonviolence, skills in third party intervention roles, trauma healing and reconciliation. Other related topics explored include refugee and humanitarian assistance concerns, and the transformation of ethnic, religious, cultural and global conflicts from an African perspective. Course instructors & students, both Africans and non-Africans, bring a wide variety of experiences from international settings to the learning environment. The API's mission is to offer an annual in-depth educational experience which caters to panAfrican students pursuing academic certificates, professional enrichment, and/or personal development and growth. Held in conjunction with a nine-month diploma offered by the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, opportunity is available for API participants who would want to advance their education with a Diploma in peace studies on a part-time basis. This would involve designing a flexible distance learning programme with the staff of Mindolo's Dag Hammarksjöld Peace Centre. The African Peacebuilding Institute is a joint partnership between Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), and proffers a collegial relationship with Eastern Mennonite University's Conflict Transformation Program. The cost of each module is US$300, which includes tuition, food, lodging, allowances and textbooks. Costs of all travel-related expenses, including international and domestic airfare, bus or train transport, airport taxes, visa costs and overnight lodging and food en route will be paid by the participant themselves or their sending organisation. Participants are advised to book their flights to Ndola International airport which is 45 minutes from the venue.


Participants will be selected based on the following priorities: (1) recommendation of the Mennonite Central Committee country representative or other MCC partner church organisation ort a reputable peace, justice and development institution/organisation; (2) connected, affiliated or working for a local peace organisation; (3) practical, "on-the-ground" experience in peace building. * MCC applicants should fill out the registration form and fax to the Regional Peace Network at +27-11-672-8125 OR email to: [email protected] (please copy this to Mindolo also). * All other applicants should fill out the registration form and fax to Dag Hammarksjöld Peace Centre, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation at +260-2-211 001 OR e-mail to: [email protected] or [email protected]

Course Schedules & Descriptions

The API-2004 has been re-designed in four (4) sessions with the choice of two (2) courses per session running concurrently. Each course is 7 days in length. Applicants must choose one of the two courses offered. Session I: February 9-17, 2004 API 100: Introduction to Conflict Transformation, African Perspectives Lead Instructor: Alfiado Zunguza (co-facilitator to be announced) Designed as a broad introduction to the field, this module will provide an overview of the nature of conflicts and will apply that framework to the African context. Differences and similarities of African and other conflicts will be examined. Participants will study the origins of conflicts, systems theories, multi-cultural views on conflicts and the regionalisation of conflicts in Africa. African culture will be examined as a source of conflicts and a resource for peace. Theories will be applied to case studies from Africa. Participants will focus on personal communication styles, interpersonal negotiation skills, and systemic analysis. API 103: Understanding Violence in Africa & the Third World Lead Instructor: John Katunga (co-facilitator to be announced) Violence in Africa attracts media attention world-wide. This course will delve into understanding the web of violence that links the global to local expressions. The collective psychology of violence as it pertains to partisan perceptions, creating and filtering reality, enemy formation and cycles of aggression and revenge will be grappled with. Special emphasis will be placed on unpacking the various forms of structural violence that affect Africa such as the legacy of colonialisation, globalisation, repressive political and economic systems, religiouscultural suppression, gender and domestic abuse and the aftermath of first-world environmental destruction.

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected])


Session II: Feb. 19-27, 2004 API 102: Comparative Approaches to Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Lead Instructor: Violette Nyirarukundo (co-facilitator to be announced) This module is designed to provide persons with a thorough overview of the complex issues of trauma healing and reconciliation and indigenous approaches to trauma. Participants will explore the social-psychological processes of responding to deep personal loss, pain, and suffering in settings of protracted, violent conflicts. Trauma experienced in wars throughout Africa by refugees and displaced persons will be examined as well as recently developed approaches to individual and group healing. Participants will address these issues theoretically and practically. Comparative case studies from a variety of international settings will be utilised, as well as individual cases raised by participants. API 101: Gender, Conflict & Peacebuilding Lead Instructor: Yaliwe Kamuhuza (co-facilitator to be announced) In the 20th and 21st centuries the largest portion of victims of wars are not combatants but civilians, primarily women and children. This module looks at how gender affects our attitudes toward conflict and our responses to it; the effects of violence on women in various contexts from domestic to international; and the particular role and responsibility of women in peace building and war making. Session III: March 1-9, 2004 API 106: Skills in Intervention and Social Change Lead Instructor: Tony Karbo (co-facilitator to be announced) This module explores the theory and practice of third-party intervention from the perspective of conflict theory and the African experience. The challenge of intervention in social conflict is examined in a variety of settings ranging from personal, community to inter-state conflicts. Using case studies from Africa & the developing world, participants will engage in an interactive dialogue on the concepts, frameworks and processes of intervention relevant to their own cultural contexts and situations. A comparison will be made with intervention models from non-African cultures. API 107: Special Workshop: Peacebuilding & Development - Project Design, Implementation, Evaluation and Community Mobillisation Lead Instructor: Tshegofatso Maswabi (co-facilitator to be announced) This intensive workshop is aimed at increasing participants knowledge and experience in the practice and theory of Conflict Resolution and Development. Participants will together come to an understanding of the bridge between these two arenas, and will also explore the role of politics in dealing with developmental conflict. The workshop aims at equipping participants with skills in designing, implementing and evaluating peacebuilding and community based

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected])


development projects. Using case studies, the module also explores the nexus between community mobilisation for peace and development. Session IV: March 11-19, 2004 API 104: Nonviolence: Faith-base, Philosophy & Practice Lead Instructor: Carl Stauffer (co-facilitator to be announced) This module is aimed at increasing participant's knowledge and experience of the practice and theory of Nonviolent Action. Participants will grapple with issues of justice and conflict, and will be exposed to a variety of creative alternatives to violence. The course will examine: 1.) The dynamic of power as it relates to the collective and individual psychology of nonviolence, 2.) The faith-base, philosophy, strategy and methods of nonviolent action, and 3.) How nonviolence relates to the field of conflict resolution, trauma healing and restorative justice. In particular, the issues of creating and using power and the strategic and ethical dilemmas of using coercion verses persuasion will be explored. API 105: Intervening in identity & Religious Based Conflicts Lead Instructor: Gopar Topkida (co-facilitator to be announced) The phenomenon of identity & religion and how they relate to conflict is the subject of this module. Are our different identities the primary reason why humans are unable to relate peacefully? The module discusses ethnic identity; ethnocentrism; historical formation of identity; culture and identity; and psychological perspectives of identity. Religious beliefs play a critical part in identity based conflicts. Misunderstandings about different interpretations of the Divine and religion have played a significant role in violent conflicts throughout the world. Topics discussed include: political perspectives of identity and religion; major religious traditions and views about war and peace. More importantly, the module will suggest skills in intervening in identity & religious conflicts.

Profiles of Facilitators

Alfiado Zunguza graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from the United Seminary of Ricatla, Mozambique in 1993 and earned his Master of Art in Conflict Analysis and Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, in 1999. In 1997 he was appointed Director of the Mozambique United Methodist Church's Department of Conflict Management and Resolution. Currently he is working as the Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS prevention program for the Church and Executive Director of Justa Paz, the Center for Conflict Analysis and Transformation. Zunguza has extensive experience in training and facilitation of workshops and seminars in Mozambique, Southern Africa and Europe. He is consulting with various organizations in Mozambique and abroad. Besides his regular duties, he is a member of the Board of Directors of JUSTPEACE ­ Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation in the USA, and a member of the Steering Group of the Southern Africa Conflict Prevention Network.

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected])


Yaliwe Clarke Kamuhuza holds a Bachelor's degree in Development Studies attained at the University of Zambia. She has acquired experience and knowledge on issues of governance, gender, and peace. Her skills are oriented towards participatory workshop training sessions with women and youth with some notable achievements in the area of gender training and civic education for youth in secondary schools in Lusaka. In the area of peace and conflict prevention, Yaliwe has worked as the Coordinator of the Southern Africa Conflict Prevention Network (SACPN), which is a network of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) with a focus on conflict prevention and transformation. She is currently completing a Masters in Peace and Conflict Transformation at the University of Tromsø in Norway. Mwenedata Violette Nyirarukundo is a Christian Counsellor. She graduated from Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST) with a Master's degree in Biblical Counselling. Since 2000 she has initiated the "Ebenezer Counselling Ministry (ECM)"; a ministry of counselling and training for lay counsellors from various church denominations in Rwanda. She worked in the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) in Nairobi as a program Coordinator in the Healing and Reconciliation program for Rwanda; Women and Children department between 1994 t0 1997. She also worked for Compassion International Rwanda from 1982 to 1994 as project coordinator and as program co-ordinator. John Katunga is the acting Director of Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa, a pan-African Nairobibased peace resource organisation that has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation on the continent of Africa for the last two decades. He is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Before joining NPI-Africa in 1997, he was a researcher at Natural Sciences Research Centre-Lwiro, a job that he coupled with human rights advocacy in the DRC. He has extensive experience in training, facilitation, teaching, community mediation, strategy design, monitoring and evaluation in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and human rights in various parts of Africa. John holds a BA and an MA in political science from Kisangani University and is currently pursuing another MA in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. Tony Karbo is a PhD. candidate from the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Virginia in the United States. Tony holds an MS Degree from the same Institute. A certified Mediator and Conflict Resolution Trainer, he has worked extensively in Africa with numerous organizations working in conflict zones conducting and facilitating training in conflict resolution and peace building. Tony's areas of interest include: Environmental Conflicts, Conflict and Development, Poverty Reduction and Youth and Violence. Tony co-ordinates the Peace and Conflict Unit and lectures at the newly established Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance at the Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He is the Southern Africa representative for the Institute of Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), a Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Organization which utilises the "Systems Approach" to Peacebuilding. Tshegofatso Maswabi is a township-born South African. She is a single mother of a three year old baby boy. She was a youth leader and community activist during the apartheid era in South Africa. Tshego has worked as a community development facilitator, trainer, consultant, mediator and researcher. Her work has involved her in the development of Community

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected])


Policing Forums, Reconstruction and Development Forums (locally and Provincially), and she served as a member of the Gauteng Development Tribunal for five years. Tshego has been involved in implementing the Development Facilitation Act for the Gauteng Local Government as well as facilitating Public Participation Processes in Gauteng & Northwest Provinces. Maswabi is presently the Manager for the Restorative Justice Initiative, as well as the Training Co-ordinator for the Restorative Justice Centre. She holds a diploma in local government management and passed two years towards a diploma in public management and development. Tshego is also one of the first API graduates of 2001. Carl Swarr Stauffer's professional study and experience are in Theology, Social Work, and Conflict Transformation. In 1991, Stauffer became the director of a victim-offender mediation programme, whose aim it was to provide a `Restorative Justice' alternative to the current criminal justice system. In 1994, Carl and his family moved to South Africa to live and work in conflict resolution and mediation. For six years, he functioned as Associate Trainer and then Education Co-ordinator for an ecumenical lay centre, Wilgespruit Fellowship Centre located in Johannesburg. Since 2000, Stauffer has functioned as Regional Co-ordinator of the peace and reconciliation work of the Mennonite Central Committee, overseeing initiatives in the nine (9) countries of the Southern African region. Mr. Stauffer has facilitated Peace Education training in 15 different African countries. Gopar Tapkida and his family live in Jos, Nigeria. Under the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), he teaches Christian peace theology & ethics studies on a part-time basis at a local seminary in Jos. The rest of his time is spent practicalising what he teaches through facilitating inter-religious dialogue in the Northern part of Nigeria. Tapkida is a teacher by profession and carries a Masters Degree in Conflict Transformation through the Eastern Mennonite University located in the USA. Babu Ayindo is the Senior lecturer and Coordinator of the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Centre. He has been involved in teaching, training and research and consultancy with Amani People's Theater (Kenya); the Summer Peacebuilding Institute of Eastern Mennonite University (USA); Caux Scholars Program (Switzerland); Mindanao Peace Institute (Philippines); and The American University (Washington, DC). He is the co-author of When You Are the Peacebuilder as well as several articles on arts and peace. Ayindo holds a B.Ed from Kenyatta University (Nairobi) and M.A in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, USA. Ignatius Mukunto is a lecturer and research fellow of the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Centre. He has been involved with young people's and students' nonviolence initiatives in Zambia and with the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). He has attended training in peace, non-violence and conflict transformation in Sweden, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as well as the diploma program at Mindolo. In 2003, he was awarded the Winston Fellows grant for peace studies at Eastern Mennonite University, USA. He is pioneer trainer of the Messengers of Peace and Good Governance program at Mindolo.

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected])


Application Form Personal Information (Please type or pint clearly in black ink) Name (as in passport):_________________________________________________________________

Family name (surname) first name middle name(s)

Gender: ___ Female ___ Male

Date of Birth ________________________________________


Country of birth ____________________________ Passport No _______________________________ Date of Issue_______________________________

Nationality ____________________________ Issuing Authority_______________________ Date of Expiry__________________________

Mailing address______________________________________________________________________

Street or post office box City


Province/State Country

Office Phone: (include country and city code)____________________________________________ Home Phone:______________________________ Fax ______________________________________ Cell Phone_____________________________ Email__________________________________

If you are not sponsored by an organisation, please include a brief statement on how you plan to pay for your travel, tuition and living expenses during API: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Do you require a visa to enter Zambia?__________________________________________________ Do you have special dietary needs? ___Yes ___No. If yes, please explain _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

Please note that we serve a basic Zambian dish mainly consisting of a combination of Nshima (made from maize), rice, vegetables, beef, pork, fish, beans, chicken, and fruits at lunch and supper. Breakfast would include a choice of bread, egg, sausage, fruit, tea/coffee.

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected]


Select modules applying for (Choose only one module per session): Session I: Feb. 9-17, 2004 _____ API 100­ Introduction to Conflict Transformation ­ African Perspectives _____ API 103­ Understanding Violence in Africa and the Third World Session II: Feb. 19-27, 2004 _____ API 102 ­ Comparative Approaches to Trauma Healing and Reconciliation _____ API 101­ Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Session III: March 1-9, 2004 _____API 106 ­ Skills in Intervention and Social Change _____API 107 ­ Special Workshop: Peacebuilding & Development ­ Project Design, Implementation, Evaluation & Community Mobilisation Session IV: March 11-19, 2004 _____API 104 - Nonviolence: Faith-base, Philosophy & Practice _____ API 105 ­ Intervening in Identity & Religious Based Conflicts Cost of each module is US$300. Please indicate method of payment: _____ Payment will be paid on arrival _____Applying for scholarship through Mennonite Central Committee country representative Supplemental information which must accompany the application: 1. Statement of Experience. Please include several paragraphs describing your relevant work and personal experiences, past and present that you feel motivate and prepare you for study at the African Peacebuilding Institute. 2. Statement of Intent. In several paragraphs, please describe your objectives for studying at the African Peacebuilding Institute, and the ways in which you expect to apply the training you receive. 3. Letter of Reference. Please include a letter of reference from an organisation that knows you and your work. The letter should comment on how long they have known you; in what capacity they have observed your work; what your work has entailed; your facility in spoken English; and in what ways they think this training will be helpful in the group's ongoing work.

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected])


4. Letter of recommendation by the Mennonite Central Committee representative in your country or other local peace organisation indicating that the sending organisation will be responsible for all travel-related expenses. Limited bursaries are available for costs of the African Peacebuilding Institute. If you request scholarship assistance, please contact the office of the Mennonite Central Committee in your country.

Please submit your applications by December 15, 2003. Successful candidates will be notified by January 5, 2004.

For additional information please e-mail , Carl Stauffer ([email protected]), MEF Peace Center ([email protected] or Babu Ayindo ([email protected]) Fax: +260-2-211001; Phone +260-2-210281

For inquiries, contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Center, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, PO Box 21493, Kitwe, ZAMBIA. + (office); +260.2.211..001 (fax); Email: Carl Stauffer ([email protected]); MEF Peace Center ([email protected]) ; or Babu Ayindo ([email protected])


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