Digital Peacebuilding in Theory & Practice
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.
The course is offered in an interactive virtual format for 6 half-days (22/23/24 June & 29/30/1 June-July 2022). It consists of preparatory readings, expert inputs, facilitated discussions, and group exercises.
An important component of this course will be applied learning. Participants will work with diverse case studies to conceptualize, analyze, and receive feedback on digital peacebuilding projects.