Mittwoch, 22. Februar - Mittwoch, 12. April 12:00 Uhr - 14:30 Uhr

Peacebuilding Dialogue

Building bridges between people

Who can register for this training?

The training is designed for practitioners who want to expand and deepen their knowledge in the field of Dialogue, whether working as peacebuilders, development or aid workers, or human rights activists. This training is designed to allow participation alongside a regular job and from a variety of locations around the world.

Depending on methods and topic of the training, we limit the number of available spaces to a manageable size (a maximum of 20 participants). Register early to reserve your place! 


Dialogue remains one of the most used methods in peacebuilding. It is versatile and can be adapted to almost any purpose. Dialogue plays a central role in conflict transformation. It can help people respond creatively to social and political conflict and lay the foundations for alternative futures.

The basic assumption underpinning dialogue is that under appropriate conditions interpersonal contact is one of the most effective ways to improve communication, understanding and interaction between opposing groups.

Understanding how dialogue works, ability to convene and facilitate dialogue, to design a dialogue process or to manage a dialogue project, are some of the core competences for peace work. Training peace workers in dialogue skills and competences is therefore important task for advancing their work in peacebuilding.


  • Understanding principles of different dialogue approaches and terms
  • Being able to design inclusive dialogue projects that take different needs, privilege and power differences into account and implement appropriate dialogue formats and facilitation methods, tools and skills
  • Understanding group dynamics and the role and expectations on a dialogue facilitator
  • Discern the complexity of different contexts and have come up with personal methods in dealing with complexity and difficulties

Being aware of opportunities, but also limits of dialogue processes (within the participant's own contexts)

Key Concepts

Training on Dialogue will cover knowledge, skills and attitudes for dialogue.

Knowledge: dialogue theories, approaches, models, processes, examples, case studies and best practices, contextualising and linking it with participants’ knowledge and experience.

Skills: dialogue skills, communication skills (especially active listening skills), facilitation skills, reflection and reflexiveness (reflective practitioner approach). Role plays and simulations, practicing skills, feedback.

Attitudes: self-awareness (awareness of our own biases), introspection, openness for learning, role plays, feedback



The training methodology is informed by ‘Learning for Change’ approach, based on 5 principles: Interactive and participatory processes, Linking theory and practice, Reflective practitioner approach, Adult learning methodology, Learning through case studies and examples relevant to participants’ context.

In the training, participants use a variety of tools, including the digital learning platform ILIAS, the video conferencing tool BigBlueButton, and the online whiteboard Miro. Participants should therefore have a good internet connection (1 Mbit down/upload or better). A headset is highly recommended. Prior knowledge about the use of these online tools is not required as participants will be invited to a technical introduction to the above mentioned tools before the training starts.


  • Regular attendance and active participation in live sessions
  • Contribution to discussion forums
  • Participation in interactive exercises, role plays and simulations
  • Regular reading and contribution to discussions on weekly topics in live sessions
  • Constructive participation in small group tasks: facilitation, moderation, presentation
  • Development of a case study, including actor analysis and designing a dialogue process for the chosen case study context
  • Final presentation of the case study

After a successful participation, participants receive a certificate.

Total expected weekly hours: 6 hours per week


Technical Introduction on 20 February 2023 from 12:00 to 13:00 CET
Online Live Sessions from 22 February 2023 to 12 April 2023, every Wednesday from 12:00 14:00 CET/CEST (course break on 29 March 2023)

weitere Informationen

Veranstalter: forumZFD


Veranstaltungsort: Online

Ansprechpartner: Marie Zornbach; Hannah Würbel
Anmeldung: Online until 8th of February 2023

500,00€; Early Bird when booking before 25th of January 2023