Capacity Building for Trainers on Collaborative Conflict Management in Asia
The program entitled Capacity Building for Trainers on Collaborative Conflict Management in Asia was organized through a partnership between FAO, the NFP-Facility and RECOFTC, a regional training organization strong on this subject. The program aimed to build up a pool of qualified conflict management trainers for five Asian countries. After a selection at country and regional level, 13 participants participated in a two week training program that focused on collaborative conflict management, training techniques, coaching and planning. This was followed by 5 In-country trainings, reaching 125 people. Finally, a reflection workshop to share the results of the program, to evaluate and look forward closed the program.


The program contributed to a wider and deeper awareness on conflict management amongst partners, organizations and participants involved and informed/informs planning and decision making on conflict management and capacity building in the sector. The results are significant for RECOFTC, as in the future the organization has the option to draw on the services of the participants for its capacity building efforts at national (Cambodia, China and Philippines), but also at regional level. Conflict management and capacity building for collaborative conflict management has received important attention from the different organizations involved at national level and proposals are available for discussion with donors and national level institutions.

Important lessons were learned and recommendations for similar future programs, especially on participant selection, design and implementation were made. As a principle guiding the development of collaborative conflict management practices at national level, capacity building is needed at every level and for a variety of stakeholders. In this context it is best done by national level experts who are most familiar with the realities of conflict.

Some of the major outcomes from the programme included:

  • Recognition received by some participants from their organizations / institutions as being key trainers on conflict management.
  • A range of ideas exist with the participants and their organizations on how to take this forward beyond the program: more training, training of trainers, integration in university curriculum, training for mediators.
  • The capacity of RECOFTC to guide and coach conflict management practitioners was increased, as was the awareness on the importance of conflict management. Also, from this program, RECOFTC is increasingly being considered as a center of expertise on conflict management capacity building. 

Summary training report 

Conflict Management, Mitigation and Transformation Training for Trainers workshop A two week Conflict Management, Mitigation and Transformation Training for Trainers was conducted from 22 March to 2 April 2010 to provide prospective trainers the opportunity to improve their intermediate knowledge skills in training design, training techniques, and to review basic forest conflict concepts and principles. The objective of this training of trainers was that participants should be able to design and facilitate conflict management trainings for in-country participants that are based on the standards of modern adult learning and that use a wide range of didactic techniques and methods. A key part of the training was to develop participants' ability to develop draft training curriculum, including the training design, a plan for training implementation and an outline for the training materials.

In total fourteen participants from six different countries participated in the training. The participants represented a wide range of organizations and levels in the various countries, with individuals coming from government, civil society and academia. Ten out of thirteen participants were male, with the only female participants coming from the Philippines. The majority of the participants (8) were government officials working at the national level (7), with one working at cantonment level (1). One participant came from the NGO sector and one from the Center for People and Forests (one of the hosting organizations). Three participants worked in academia, one at the national level and two at the provincial level.

A report entitled Regional Training of Trainers, Collaborative Conflict Management for Enhanced National Forest Programs: Training Report was prepared by Toon De Bruyn subsequent to the training to provide an overview of activities conducted, as well as the recommendations and conclusions that emmerged as outcomes of the program.

Final report 

last updated:  Monday, May 21, 2012