UNDP Oslo Governance Center (OGC) in partnership with the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention established a residential Peace and Development Advisors (PDA) Fellowship Programme in 2016. This Fellowship consists of several cohorts, each involving between 4-6 PDAs and/or conflict prevention specialists over a period of about two weeks.
The purpose of this Fellowship is to capture and disseminate the rich insights of these practitioners; strengthen exchanges amongst the Fellows and the broader community of practice; and to encourage the Fellows to explore the impact of their work and engage in peer learning. The Fellowship, through the discussions and peer learning, ultimately contributes to more effective support of PDAs and conflict prevention specialists to national partners and UN Country Teams.
Concept Note: PDA Fellowship Programme
Fellowship through the years
Cohort I: Inclusive dialogue
14-25 November, 2016 in Oslo
This cohort allowed PDAs to reflect on the current practice of dialogue processes, with a specific focus on the inclusiveness aspect, drawing on their concrete experience from various regions in the world.
Concept Note: Inclusive dialogue
- Inclusive dialogue in practice - the case of Malawiby Rebecca Adda-Dontoh
- How can dialogue support reconciliation and transitional justice in post- conflict contexts?by Gita Sabharwal
- The right fit? The role of inclusive dialogue in preventing violent extremism by Gregory Attila Connor
Cohort II: Local ownership and capacities
19-30 June, 2017 in Oslo
This cohort was jointly organized with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and was designed to allow the Fellows to reflect on the issue of promoting local ownership and the building of resilient local and national capabilities for conflict prevention and sustaining peace, drawing on their concrete experiences from various regions in the world. The Fellows worked on extensively engaging with research and policy institutions based in Oslo and sharing experiences in how they have effectively promoted local ownership and built capacities for conflict prevention and the kind of engagement they have had with local communities and national stakeholders. This cohort assessed what works and where are the gaps in this area.
Concept Note: Local ownership and capacities
- Local Ownership in Conflict Sensitivity Application: The Case of Nepal by Archana Aryal
- Track-Two Initiatives of Nationally-Led Peace Processes: The Case of the Philippines by Chetan Kumar
- Preventing Violent Conflicts in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities for Enhanced National Ownershipby Takwa Zebulon Suifon
- Reflections on Measuring National Ownership in Conflict Prevention Interventions by Waly Ndiaye
Cohort III: Gender responsive peacebuilding
5-15 March 2018 in Oslo
This cohort was jointly organized by the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO) and provided the Fellows with an opportunity to reflect on their work supporting gender responsive peacebuilding at the local and national level, identify both the added value and challenges that they have observed, and come up with recommendations for strengthening gender responsive peacebuilding.
Concept Note: Gender responsive peacebuilding
- Implementing the women peace and security agenda in the post-negotiation phase of peace agreementsby Marie-Josée Kandanga
- Enhancing the full potential of South Sudanese women to foster inclusive dialogue and sustainable peaceby Julius Otim
- What does gender-responsive peacebuilding look like?by Nashida Sattar
- A creative approach to increasing women’s participation in Zimbabwe’s national healing and reconciliation processby William Tsuma
- Gender responsive peacebuilding and the inclusion of faith Based organisationsby Angeline Nkwenkam Nguedjeu