“Knowing the context is key” – trainers at FBA’s peace-building programme in Congo tell their story

The second training session within the realm of FBA’s peace-building programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now being held. In Goma, the 24 selected participants are trained in inclusive peace-building. See our short film where two of the trainers describe the programme.

FBA is commissioned to contribute to Sweden’s strategy for bilateral development cooperation with the DRC 2015-2019. At the core of FBA’s work is the peace-building programme, which was inaugurated in March 2017.

The second training session within the programme is held on 4-9 June in Goma in eastern DRC. The 24 participants have been selected on the basis of their ability to influence the development in the war-torn eastern parts of the country. The third and last training session will be held in September and end with an examination.

A similar programme consisting of three training sessions will be organized for a new group of participants in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

– All training sessions are held in French in Goma, with four Congolese subject matter experts who act as mentors for the participants, and teach alongside of FBA’s trainers. We want to ensure that the programme is adapted to the local context and the challenges the participants are facing, says Magdalena Tham Lindell, project manager at the FBA.

Watch our short film with two of the Congolese experts above. Click here to read more about the peace-building programme, the inauguration and interviews with some of the participants.

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