Enhancing Leadership for Peace

Next edition: 12 – 16 November 2018

Location: Geneva, Switzerland



Enhancing Leadership for Peacebuilding

The challenges to the exercises of effective leadership in peacebuilding contexts are multiple. On the one hand, international peacebuilding policy and practice remain anchored in doctrinaire definitions that do not sufficiently reflect the real challenges of building sustainable peace in conflictive, polarized and violent societies.

Objective of the course

This five-day leadership course provides an opportunity for current and potential leaders to enhance their understanding of sustainable peacebuilding and the Leadership styles that can hope to achieve it. They will also learn how to apply this understanding to their own situations.

Who should attend

The course targets current and potential leaders actively engaged in peacebuilding challenges, most notably representatives of:

• international organisations, including UN, AU, OAS, ASEAN, EU and the League of Arab States
• national institutions, including government, ministries, commissions and the security sector
• civil society, including traditional and religious leaders, NGOs, INGOs, trade unions, media, business, professional associations and women’s groups

Participation is limited to 24, based on a competitive selection process, and is gender balanced. Full attendance is required.

The seminar is offered free of charge. All other expenses including lodging and travel are the responsibility of the participant. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.

Core facilitators 


The course has been run by Interpeace and the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), on behalf of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland since 2009.