Peace and Development Advisors (PDA) Fellowship Programme

Oslo Governance Center (OGC) in partnership with the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme has established a residential Peace and Development Advisors (PDA) Fellowship Programme in 2016. This Programme consists of several cohorts, each involving between 4-6 PDA's and/or PDA like conflict prevention specialists over a period of about two weeks. The Fellowship Programme involves guided reflections to help draw out the Fellows' experience on pre-identified conflict prevention and peacebuilding issues. 

The purpose of this Programme is mainly to capture and disseminate the rich insights of these practitioners; gauge their views and experiences; strengthen exchange amongst the Fellows and the broader community of practice; and finally to encourage the Fellows to explore the impact of their work and learn from their peers. It will also help focus on substantive and operational challenges, ultimately contributing to a more effective support of PDAs and conflict prevention specialists to national partners and UN Country Teams. 

3rd Cohort: Gender Responsive Peacebuilding, 5 - 16 March, 2018

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UNDP OGC along with The Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO) are co-hosting the ongoing third cohort on the topic of ‘Gender Responsive Peacebuilding’ in Oslo. This cohort started on the 5 March and will last until the 16 March, 2018.

For this fellowship, selected Fellows (PDAs and conflict prevention specialists) are exploring this topic in-depth and in so doing - generating new insights and knowledge on this topic. This is an opportunity for them to reflect on their work supporting gender responsive peacebuilding at the local and national level, and identify both the added value and challenges that they have observed. It is hoped that during the course of this Fellowship they will be able to contribute to suggesting recommendations for strengthening gender responsive peacebuilding.

Enquiries should be directed to: Aseem Andrews ( UNDP Oslo Governance Centre.

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2nd cohort on ‘Promoting Local Ownership and Building Capacities for Conflict Prevention’: 19 - 30 June, 2017, Oslo

The second cohort was jointly organized by UNDP and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in partnership with Joint UNDP-DPA Programme. 

This cohort was designed to allow the Fellows to reflect on the issue of promoting local ownership and the building of resilient local and national capabilities for conflict prevention and sustaining peace, drawing on their concrete experiences from various regions in the world.

The Fellows worked on extensively engaging with research and policy institutions based in Oslo and sharing experiences in how they have effectively promoted local ownership and built capacities for conflict prevention and the kind of engagement they have had with local communities and national stakeholders. This cohort ultimately assessed what works and where are the gaps in this area.

The selection of the thematic focus was informed by a survey done with PDAs earlier in the year, as well as in consultation with colleagues in UNDP and DPA. 

You can find the details of each of the participating PDAs on the left-side of the page.

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