Human rights, peace and development are closely interconnected, but the linkages are not always evident in practice. Misconceptions exist, such as that conflict prevention might involve making unacceptable compromises or that human rights engagement might delay peace processes. Even though they engage with similar stakeholders and both aim at building peaceful, just and inclusive societies, human rights practitioners and conflict prevention practitioners do not always work coherently together, and at worst the divide can lead to undermining each other’s efforts.

This tutored online programme offers insights on how human rights and conflict transformation approaches complement one another, and on how you can build on these synergies and work across disciplines to enhance your practice and address potential challenges and dilemmas in planning and programming.



Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Explain the main concepts, focus areas and strategies in the fields of human rights and conflict transformation
  • Assess the added values as well as the challenges and dilemmas of linking human rights and conflict transformation
  • Apply the acquired knowledge to a specific case study by incorporating elements from both approaches in their context and conflict analysis

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This programme is delivered entirely online over four weeks. It combines self-paced modules and live online sessions with subject-matter experts and seasoned practitioners. It also offers interactive spaces for experience sharing, joint reflection and peer exchange. A UNSSC tutor will guide and support you throughout your learning journey.

The programme is hosted on the UNSSC online learning platform, UNKampus, which allows you a high degree of flexibility to access content at your own pace, from anywhere and at any time.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

In this programme, you will explore and apply a framework for maximising your work at the intersection between human rights and conflict transformation without conflating the two disciplines and approaches.

  • The first part of the programme examines the role and orientation of practitioners and the degree to which underlying assumptions shape our practice and engagement with a situation. In pursuit of a common objective or collective outcome, those predispositions might lead us to make different choices.
  • The second part of the programme deals with some of the key challenges of working at the intersection of human rights and conflict transformation: how does one deal with expressions of power (and relative lack thereof)? How can one build networks of resilient relationships? How important are notions of human dignity, truth, justice, and mercy in the pursuit of inclusive and durable peace?
  • In the third part of the programme looks at how an increased awareness of the value of the respective disciplines and approaches can enhance both your planning, programming and implementation agendas.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff as well as practitioners and representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The fee for the programme is $500. It includes access to all training and learning materials as well as live online sessions and one-to-one support from a UNSSC tutor.

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