The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Hague Academy for Local Governance proudly launched the first two-week block of the training on ‘Governance and Rule of Law in Societies of Early Transition and Fragile and Conflict affected Areas’ on Monday, 7 July. Participants from NGOs, CSOs, International Organizations and Governmental Organizations – with experiences from Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Nigeria – participated in the first module of this comprehensive program.
Over the course of two weeks, a diverse group of experts led sessions, varying from ‘peacebuilding and local governance’ and ‘building public trust’ to ‘conflict sensitive programming’. Dion van den Berg, from PAX for peace led a session on ‘Role of local authorities in peace- and statebuilding, which was described as one of the most insightful sessions by our participants: ‘Dion’s session was relevant, and brilliant. He was a very inspiring person to hear, and the experiences he shared were lessons applicable to much of our work. His colleague Simone was also very experienced and a delight to have in the session. It was great to have such experienced field practitioners to learn from.’
Another highlight was Irma Specht’s session on Gender and Peacebuilding. One participant especially liked ‘the way how the trainer looks at the gender lens from an objective, yet critical perspective which is normally missing in various gender perspectives.’
The session featuring Hetty Burgman and Rob Sijsterman of Cordaid provided knowledge and lessons on how to promote dialogue in (post-) conflict settings. There was specific focus on the Performance Based Financing approach. Social dialogue is key to much of our work, and the examples given, provided valuable insights and lessons in the field. Besides gaining new knowledge, the participants completed assignments, group work and presentations during the interactive training sessions. The training concluded with a Back Home Action Plan in which the participants outlined how they would apply the skills learned into practice. As one participant stated, “as a practitioner, I see this as the most relevant part, because what matters at the end is how much we manage to apply what we learned.”