Over the past few years, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been increasingly involved in mediation processes in East Africa. The ongoing IGAD-led South Sudan Peace Talks in Addis Ababa is a prominent example of such a mediation effort.
It is well recognized that effective mediation efforts require good preparation. In particular, mediators and their teams must have a broad range of knowledge and skills in order to deal with the numerous challenges, dilemmas and complexities they are usually confronted with.
Even though many mediation trainings are available, there are few learning opportunities that focus on the specific needs of senior IGAD mediators, who have to engage in complex political and oftentimes violent conflict situations in East Africa.
For that reason, the IGAD, supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA), decided to organize a first High Level Mediation Course for selected, prospective IGAD mediators. The logic and curriculum of the pilot IGAD High Level Mediation Course was based on the UN High Level Mediation Course.pdf Download IGAD High Level Mediation Course Report (2.81 MB)