Training Course on Minorities and Conflict

UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasECMI and the Initiative on Quiet Diplomacy have designed a new training course on minorities in conflict related contexts.

The first of its kind will take place at Flensborghus (Danish Minority Cultural Centre) in Norderstrasse 76, Flensburg, Germany on 3-6 July 2012.

The course responds to an increasing demand for specific courses on minorities in conflict situations. The intention is to strengthen practitioners’ knowledge and capacities to address the dynamics of minority–majority relations in contexts of conflict.

Minorities and Conflict seeks to respond to the needs of a variety of practitioners, including:

-Young diplomats
-International organizations’ officials
-NGO representatives

The training course will assist participants in understanding and assessing the role of minorities in conflict related contexts. 

The training contents

The course provides insights into different types of conflicts and the various management approaches that are employed across the globe. By examining the types of actors and institutions involved in conflicts the course provides an overview of existing international protection regimes, dialogue mechanisms, and options and techniques for quiet diplomacy.

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

-Demonstrate competency over the key issues of minority rights protection (ethnic diversity, social complexity, etcetera), including knowledge of international protection mechanisms
Describe contemporary interethnic conflicts’ structure and dynamics
-Identify and address the potentially dangerous dynamics of the minorities-majorities paradigm in conflict related contexts
-Apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills for diversity management (linguistic, religious and cultural, etcetera).

The course will be offered in English. Certificates of attendance will be awarded to participants who complete the course.

Download the draft course agenda.

The training methods

Minorities and Conflict is composed of different methods and building bricks:

-Face-to-face delivery
-Interactive sessions and a tailored case study
-Round-table discussions with well-known experts and personalities on minority rights and interethnic conflict management
-Standard sessions on minority protection regimes and diversity management
-Tailored training elements in accordance with participants’ needs and future assignments

By participating in the training, participants will receive a dedicated set of materials relevant for their work.

Course fee

The course fee (2000 EUR) includes resource persons’ costs, background and training materials as well as official course dinner and refreshments during course breaks.

It does not cover travel or accommodation. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and associated costs (visa arrangements etcetera).

ECMI & IQd are available to provide assistance on visa arrangements if needed.

For further and more detailed information please download the Course Flyer.

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities 20 Years Event

The organizers are pleased to announce that on Friday 6 July the inaugural training course programme will be concluded by the ‘HCNM 20 Years On’ Conference to be held at Flensborghus (Danish Minority Cultural Centre).

Organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), the conference will benefit from the participation of Ambassador Knut Vollebæk, OSCE HCNM.

The programme will feature presentations from eminent persons and include a final round-table discussion with the OSCE HCNM.

Contacts and sign in

For further information, please contact ECMI Staff at

The training course is a joint initiative of:

ECMI Conflict & Security Cluster
Initiative on Quiet Diplomacy

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