How to prevent and decrease tensions between host and displaced communities in conflict context? How to reduce violence against civilians, prevent forced displacements and facilitate returns? How to engage with communities and armed groups to increase acceptance and access and high risks areas? How to facilitate inclusive dialogue processes to promote a greater participation of communities in project design, planning and implementation? How to foster accountability; promote constructive dialogue between international actors and communities when disagreements arise?
The aim of the Humanitarian Mediation course is to provide humanitarian aid workers working in conflict context with practical knowledge, tools and skills to design, plan and conduct mediation and dialogue facilitation processes aiming at:
The processes presented during the training will also be useful for personnel involved in protection mainstreaming activities such as:
Participants to previous sessions of the course reported that it is also very useful in their daily management of tensions arising between colleagues at work, or at home within family as well in their overall social life.
While tools and approaches covered in the training may efficiently contribute to longer-term social cohesion, stability and inclusive governance processes in divided communities, this proposed training is not a peace-building training. It does not cover political mediation processes but rather focuses on community based pro-active protection approaches in conflict contexts.
Jérôme Grimaud (NRC, ICRC, Danish Red Cross and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)