Confronting racism and Colonial Continuities in Peace and Conflict Work

Racism and Colonial Continuities

What: Confronting Racism and Colonial Continuities in Peacebuilding

When: 08-12 August 2022, from 9:00 to 18:00 daily

Registration Deadline is: 11.07.2022.
Registration for this training opens May 23

Language: English

Price: 800 Euro including materials, lunch and coffee/tea.

Early Bird: 720€ same conditions when booking before 26.06.2022

Where: Arbeitnehmer-Zentrum Königswinter (AZK), Johannes-Albers-Allee 3, Königswinter, Germany

Additional Costs: Overnight accommodation at the “AZK” is optional. Costs for Accommodation, additional meals and travel costs have to be covered individually.

Who can register for the course

The 5-day day course on Confronting Racism and Colonial Continuities in Peace and Conflict Work is offered to existing practitioners of peace and conflict work as well as those who are interested in working in the field, coming from the global north, who are committed and interested to learn more deeply about racism and colonial continuities in this field of work. There will be a maximum of 16 participants.


The discussions on race and power dynamics within the peace and conflict work have slowly gained traction, albeit only confined to a few spaces and platforms.

Our 5-day course aims to contribute to expanding this platform, to further deepen the discussion and awareness raising on racism and colonial continuities. It will bring together practitioners and those who are planning to work in the field coming from the global north, to critically reflect on their existing knowledge on the subjects, explore the norms and practices within the field, question their individual roles and motivations, and identify anti-racist and decolonized ways of working.

The course invites practitioners to explore the following questions: Where do our definitions and understanding of peace and conflict come from and how does this understanding influence the way we work on the ground? How does racism and the colonial continuities materialize in our peacebuilding practice and interventions, in institutions and knowledge production? What is needed to tackle racism and post-colonial inequality in the peace and conflict work? What should decolonized, anti-racist practice look like? How many racial and colonial ways of thinking are found at the interpersonal level and what needs to change?

Key Topics

  • The dynamics of power and identity: importance and role in Peace and conflict work
  • Unpacking the language of marginalization: Racism, coloniality, discrimination, white privilege/white gaze
  • Unpacking structures, systems and practices that proliferate racism and colonial continuities
    • Racial (in)visibility in existing peace and conflict theories and practice
    • The role of aid in perpetuating racism and colonial continuities
  • Approaches, strategies, and tools for deconstruction and decolonization
  • What do these all mean to me and to my work?

Training approaches

  • Critical reflection of one’s and one’s organization ‘s role in the proliferation and maintenance of racist and colonial structures
  • Participants as the main resource. The course pays careful attention to the knowledge, skills, beliefs and experiences that each participant brings to the training space and builds on this knowledge to enrich the learning experience.
  • Safe space. A lot of sensitivities may be present (due to the nature of the topic and the experiences that each one brings in). The course takes time build a space where trust is built and where everyone feels safe to speak and share their thoughts and ideas.
  • Interactive. The course is designed to enable the participants to engage in the training content in a more active manner.

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