TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
PEACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (PRI) UNIVERSITY OF KHARTOUM AND SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT’ANNA
Peace Research Institute (PRI) in collaboration with the San't Anna School for advanced studies in Pisa, had held a workshop of 5 days (16-20 Oct 2016) on (Conflict management) that comes within PRI's project (Media for Peace). The workshop was financed by The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Trainees and participants were targeted from the Media domain. First session was conducted by Prof Andrea de Guttry from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. De Guttry is a professor of Public International Law and the deputy director of DIRPOLIS Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, he gave a lecture on (Concepts and mechanisms of: peace, peacemaking, peace building and peace keeping –in the UN system and their interaction with APSA ).
Presentations were also addressed by his Excellency Prof: Fabrizio Lobasso the Italian Ambassador in Sudan, who talked about (Negotiations and mediation skills and tools that help reaching tolerance, coexistence). Dr. Mohamed Haroon, PRI director, also delivered a talk on (IS Sudan a post conflict state?) Emphasizing an answer of YES, he gave a review of how a post conflict state should be like, and how Sudanese people must be ready to approach this new state.
The workshop closed under the guidance and the monitoring of Dr. Alsir Seid Ahmad and Dr. Fathalrahman Mahgoub, Who came to a conclusion of initiating a Media project for peace that would be conducted by participants and lasts for 3 months.
By the 3rd of January 2017, Peace Research Institute (PRI) of the University of Khartoum, had the privilege to receive Dr. Abdallah Hamdok in its venue at PRI meeting room.
Mr. Hamdok was appointed by the UN Secretary General, as Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in 31 Oct 2016. PRI seized the opportunity of Mr. Hamdok presence in Sudan to invite him for a meeting to hear his advice and comments about the institute work and activities. Dr Mohamed Haroon, Director of PRI, suggested a way to link PRI with ECA and other relevant institutions. On the other hand Mr. Hamdok revealed a great impression about PRI programmes, contributions and impact. He subsequently confirmed the possibility of linking the two bodies in a sort of mutual programmes and activities. He also expressed his interest on PRI ongoing project of (Developmental Burden of Armed Conflict in Sudan) as a very important study that could be a pilot project in Africa.
Hamdok Also offered a way for connection with other institutions (working in field) in order to provide opportunities of capacity building for Sudanese scholars, as he highlighted that "opportunities are always available yet rarely availed".
At the end PRI was honored to have Mr. Hamdok as a member of its biannual journal board (Discourse).
The Peace Research Institute (PRI), held a lecture that comes within the PRI policy debate, by the 9th of February 2016, in Small Sharigah Hall. Audiences from academic, diplomatic, and other different domains, had the chance to participate in a debate interaction. The lecture titled (The Missing Piece: Where is the Missing Peace in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement?) was addressed by Ambassador Princeton N.Lyman, a senior advisor in the U.S Institute of Peace, and the former US envoy in Sudan and South Sudan. Mr, Lyman, discussed how peace was greatly missed after the CPA, highlighting causes and consequences. He also mentioned some initiatives to recreate and maintain peace, including the National Dialogue, that Mr, Princeton described as good but not enough.
Memorandum of understanding Between Peace Research Institute and ARF foundation
It's by the 27th of January 2016, The Peace Research Institute (PRI)- University of Khartoum, and Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation (RAF) for Humanitarian Services . RAF is a voluntary foundation that supports humanitarian access and aid in Sudan, and particularly in Darfur region. The two parties have signed a memorandum of understanding by which they will mutually organize a program of a scientific initiative to incite scientific researches that promote development and support peace in Darfur .