Digital Peacebuilding in Theory & Practice
Learn about the core concepts, tools, risks, and opportunities for digital technology in peacebuilding. Put your knowledge into practice and learn from examples through applied learning.
Digital technology brings opportunities and challenges to peacebuilding. These include digital tools, digital spaces where conflict and peacebuilding can happen, and the ways these are both democratized and weaponized. This course does not aim to transform all peacebuilders into technical specialists, but rather, to encourage you to engage with this increasingly essential part of the peacebuilding landscape.
In this course, participants will learn how to assess what digital technology is needed in peace programming. We will look at digital conflict drivers and how digital technologies are part of conflict contexts. We will also discuss policy recommendations and what is coming next to this evolving field. This course emphasizes applied learning. Working on case studies from several regions and contexts, participants will conceptualize and receive feedback on various types of digital peacebuilding research, projects, and project components.
By completing this course, you will acquire broad theoretical and practical understanding of how digital technology interfaces with peacebuilding. You will learn to assess the potential and risks of technology for peacebuilding and different methodologies to leverage it. The course includes a combination of lecture, case studies, exercises, reflection, and group work.
As a participant, you will:
Learn about the opportunities and challenges of digital peacebuilding in theory and practice;
Be introduced to digital tools, methodologies, and conflict drivers;
Understand digital spaces as places for conflict and peacebuilding;
Learn how to connect the online with the offline;
Practice thinking innovatively within context and resource restraints;
Practice researching and conceptualizing digital peacebuilding project components;
Discuss digital policy recommendations;
Exchange experiences with experts and peers and become part of a community of practice.
This course is designed:
For practitioners and academics who are interested in building on or developing their work at the intersection of digital and peacebuilding.
As an introductory course for those who want to learn how to practically integrate digital technology into their peacebuilding work.
For professionals with digital peacebuilding experience who would like to deepen their knowledge while exchanging with experts and peers.
To create a community of practice for professionals to exchange current concepts and practical knowledge on the applications, best practices, opportunities, and limitations of digital technology for peacebuilding.
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