Foundation Course 2019

The course aims to empower settled refugees to contribute to rebuilding their countries of origin by giving them access to knowledge and skills regarding nation-building that they may not otherwise receive through academic studies or work experience.

The course will cover three interlocking elements which are fundamental to nation-building:

  • Dialogue Facilitation for Social Cohesion
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Sustainable Livelihood

A new course will begin in May 2019, download the flyer at the bottom of this page for more details.
Deadline for applications: 29 April 2019.

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Equipping refugees and diaspora communities

Initiatives of Change has a history of training refugee communities originating in conflict-affected and fragile countries. Since 2005 Dialogue Facilitation courses were provided to Horn of Africa refugees. This led to the establishment of Refugees as Re-Builders™ course programme in 2016, which has now concluded a two-year initial pilot phase.

The ethos of Initiatives of Change is to ‘inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves’. We believe that refugees can be rebuilders of the nations from which they fled – when the time is right, and if they are welcomed by host populations and given access to appropriate training.

Course Content:

Dialogue Facilitation for Social Cohesion

  • What is facilitation/dialogue?
  • Getting to know our context and communities
  • Qualities, values and disciplines of facilitators
  • Roles and responsibilities, planning for effective participation
  • Listening skills: activities and theory

Sustainable Livelihood

  • Livelihoods in dryland regions affected by conflict
  • Land restoration for sustainable livelihoods
  • What enhances or undermines sustainable livelihood?
  • Social entrepreneurship

Ethical Leadership

  • Pillars of trust and integrity
  • What is leadership?
  • What leads to/challenges ethical governance?
  • Corruption: root causes and solutions
  • Inner governance

The training style is participatory interactive learning

At the end of the course, participants will be asked to write up and or produce the following

  • A piece of writing based on the learning outcome of any one of the three module
  • A recorded or video of in-field experiential learning

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  •   A contribution towards the full cost of the course, plus lunches and course materials, is welcome.

Applicants are expected to:

  • Have a good standard of spoken and written English
  • Be actively involved in serving their community at local, national or international level
  • Actively participate in the entire duration of the course
  • Comply with RRB Rules of the House
  • Be on time for beginning of sessions.

Intermediate (Training of Facilitators) and Training of Courses will be open to those who complete the Foundation course.

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For 10 years Initiatives of Change through its Agenda for Reconciliation Programme has been providing training courses for Refugee and Diaspora communities originating in the Horn of Africa on conflict resolution, peacemaking, and reconciliation. More than 100 people directly or indirectly have received training through the workshops provided by these courses. 

Diaspora refugee groups are potential rebuilders of the war-torn countries from which they fled. Those who return are carrying with them countless lessons from their observation of their host societies, which consciously or unconsciously inform their approach. In April 2016 the new Refugees as Re-Builders™ Course was launched to cover key skills in three interlocking themes of:

1. Dialogue Facilitation for Social Cohesion

2. Ethical Governance

3. Sustainable livelihood

The three themes have been identified through successive consultation process with diaspora communities within the Agenda for Reconciliation Programme’s network. The linkages between these themes have been recognised to have long-term effects in the development outcome of countries in post-conflict era. 

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