A growing number of people who are interested or involved in conflict transformation are looking for opportunities to expand and refine their skills. They are faced with a variety of offers – and there is little guidance for choosing from the wide and diverse array of organisers and formats. This article aims to offer an organising overview. It introduces different training agencies and approaches and provides an extensive reference section as a first step. The article adds to prior contributions to the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation: Schell-Faucon (2001) investigated facets and challenges of peace education programmes. Sprenger (2005) reflected from a trainer’s perspective on cornerstones of good practice for achieving social impact by training individuals. I take a step back and survey the field through the eyes of a prospective “trainee”. Section 2 reviews categories and examples of training agencies and takes a closer look at training design, contents and methods. Section 3 presents lessons learned and remaining challenges. Section 4 focuses on the most important next steps. Section 5, finally, provides an extended reference section on tools and methods, further information and contacts and analyses of training programmes.
This report reflects on this productive tension between the analysis and practice strands of conflict transformation, first concentrating on themes around the theories of conflict formation and the values that guide the field (Section 2), then exploring the dilemmas of intervention faced by conflict resolution practitioners (Section 3). Section 4 summarises the discussion that followed the presentation by Berghof of the systemic approach to conflict transformation – a potential tool for linking the stages of analysis and intervention in a more dynamic way and for devising strategic priorities for both research and practice. Finally, Section 5 outlines the vision for future research at Berghof, as inspired, endorsed, and enhanced by the Seminar.