Peacebuilding in Divided Societies

  • Session 1
     June 21, 2022
     5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Session 2
     July 1, 2022
     5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Session 3
     July 5, 2022
     5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Session 4
     July 15, 2022
     5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Posner Center for International Development and the Compassionate Courage Initiative are pleased to announce our ‘Peacebuilding in Divided Societies’ (PDS) Program. This program is spread over the months of June-July 2022 and is a virtual program that is a mix of asynchronous and synchronous sessions.

The PDS program examines and explores responses to the current divisions in society – social, political, economic. Further, it encourages each one of us to understand our own identities, biases and prejudices as peacebuilders.

Peacebuilding is about rebuilding societies that are emerging from violence and deep divisions and in the context of dividing societies, here are four steps in the peacebuilding process that we emphasize in the PDS program:

  1. Identifying and understanding the context and parties
  2. Selecting the shaping the peacebuilding approaches
  3. Convening and engaging the Parties in Difficult Conversations
  4. Identifying actions for resolving conflict, making structural changes, and transforming relationships

PDS welcomes all those who are currently working or are interested in working on these topics to its program. Learning in PDS will be a collaborative process involving self-reflection.

Program Lead

Dr. Pushpa Iyer, founder and coordinator of the Compassionate Courage initiative will lead this program.

Course Dates

The PDS program will run from June 21 to July 15, 2022.

Course Fees

The PDS program fees are $350. We will offer a $100 scholarship for those who are currently enrolled as students in a recognized academic program.

PDS Structure

The program requires 20 hours of asynchronous work spread over the duration of the program. The program will meet four times on zoom: Tuesday, June 21 (7 pm to 10 pm ET), Friday, July 1  (7 pm to 10 pm ET), Tuesday, July 5 (7 pm to 10 pm), and Friday, July 15 (7 pm to 10 pm ET).

PCS Requirements

Since the program will be virtual, we require all those joining the program to ensure that they have a strong internet connection. English language proficiency is highly desired as we currently do not have the ability to provide translation and interpretation services.

PDS Certificate

Those who complete 20 hours of asynchronous work and attend all four zoom sessions are entitled to a certificate of completion. Those who do not fulfill these requirements will be provided with a letter of completion that details their amount of work and presence in the program.


If you are interested in joining a course, please fill out this form. Registration will be open until June 1. Questions? Please email .

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