Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice
Paulo Baleinakorodawa and Maria Ida “Deng" Giguiento
March 7 to 17, 2022 | Monday to Thursday
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Philippine Time [GMT+8][GMT+8]
This course provides an overview of the peacebuilding field and introduces participants to the theories, practices, and basic skills needed to engage in peacebuilding work. As a foundation course, participants will interact with theories of peace, conflict, and violence and apply these to real-life situations and experiences in order to draw lessons useful for peacebuilders working in situations of conflict and violence. The course also introduces the complex challenges of contemporary peacebuilding and encourages the creative development of strategic peacebuilding approaches that seek to transform conflicts and violence in various contexts and cultural settings into positive social relations and structures.
This is an intensive course that will run four times a week for two weeks.
Paulo Baleinakorodawa is a Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Transcend Oceania, a justpeace and development regional non-governmental organization based in Fiji in the South Pacific. Previously, Paulo served in many roles as a peacebuilding specialist in various peacebuilding and development organizations and institutions. Paulo has worked as an independent peacebuilding consultant across the Pacific, providing peace and conflict training, technical support, and mentoring as well as providing group process facilitation as a non-violent strategy. He has championed initiatives on engaging men and boys to transforming toxic notions of masculinity for gender equality and has also done extensive work in facilitating trainings in conflict transformation, trauma healing, and dialogue in Asia-Pacific and Canada. Paulo uses positive masculinity and dialogue as non-violent strategies to addressing conflicts and violence. He has extensive working experience with the government, the security sector, churches, and civil society in Bougainville, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and the Philippines. Paulo holds a MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA, and is currently the only facilitator from the Pacific, teaching at MPI since 2008.
Maria Ida “Deng" Giguiento is one of the two recipients of the 2015 Tanenbaum Peacemaker In Action Award. This was given in recognition of her work in interreligious dialogue in Mindanao and Timor-Leste. Her past experiences included being the Peacebuilding Training Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Philippines from 2005-2018 and a member of the Project Reference Group for a curriculum development project involving best practices of civil society working with security forces to improve human security. Her CRS work included working with state and non-state actors, the academic sector (students, teachers, and administrators), and civil society groups (including religious leaders). Deng was the Director of the Peace Education Center of Notre Dame University in Cotabato City from 1995-1999.
A grassroots peacebuilder from the Philippines, Deng has dedicated nearly three decades using the conflict transformation paradigm in working with partners in Mindanao and post-independent Timor-Leste. She has worked on post-conflict peacebuilding among Timorese youth, women, and former non-state actors from 1999-2004. Deng has trained men and women from Caritas International partners to local military officials and non-state actors. She has facilitated at MPI from 2000-2017. After taking a short break, Deng is now back co-facilitating courses at MPI.