OTPIC Officially Retired
As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.
The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.
International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict
Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA
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Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are doing even more peacebuilding activities than are official governmental agencies. They have a long-term presence in many of the areas of the world which are afflicted with intractable conflicts and are in an excellent position to engage in a wide variety of peacebuilding activities. In addition to providing humanitarian aid and mediation, they also are well positioned to engage in empowerment and capacity-building among the local population and to get the population involved with the adversary in a variety of joint activities. As is true with official governmental peacebuilding efforts, the goal of NGO efforts is usually conflict reduction and/or resolution, not just between official actors, but among ordinary citizens.
Many peacebuilding efforts, especially those carried out by the peace churches, such as the Mennonite Conciliation Commission, try to foster reconciliation through apology and forgiveness. Other organizations work for mutual understanding and prejudice reduction by developing joint projects and confidence-building activities involving adversaries. Projects and strategies vary as much as the people involved, but almost all encourage increased contact and cooperation between people on all sides of the conflict. Examples of NGO peacebuilding are listed below.
International Guide To NGO Activities in Conflict Prevention and Resolution - December 1996
US Institute of Peace Special Report-The U.S. Contribution to Conflict Prevention, Management, and Resolution in Africa
NGOs and the Peace Process in Angola--United States Institute of Peace - Special Report
Nigeria's Muslim Women
Jan Øberg--Conflict Mitigation in Reconstruction and Development
Elise Boulding--Introduction to Rethinking Peace
Kevin Clements--Peace Building and Conflict Transformation
Eirwen Harbottle--The Two Faces of Peace Building
Alberto L'Abate--Non-Violent Interposition in Armed Conflicts
Rebuilding Communities Devastated by War
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