Global Crowdfunding Campaign: Please Help Support Youth Peaceworkers from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine

Personal Request for Your Support – from Kai Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) of PATRIR:
For Youth Peace Workers from Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Ukraine

Global Crowdfunding Campaign: Support Youth Peaceworkers from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine

Dear friends, colleagues and partners around the world,

We’ve launched a global crowdfunding campaign to raise support for amazing youth peace activists and peace workers from some of the worst war affected countries in the world today. These are young people working to stop the violence and killing in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.

We’re trying to get support for them to take part in the 10-days International Youth Peace Forum: Global Youth Rising 2016, where they’ll receive deep training on concrete peacebuilding skills, be able to build alliances and learn together with others from around the world, and strengthen their vision, courage, confidence and abilities to work to overcome the drivers and impact of violence in their countries.

For many of us all over the world when we see what’s happening in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere we often feel powerless. We want to do something to help but we don’t know how. Here, we’re giving you a way. Even a small donation can be meaningful and make a major difference to the amazing activists and peace workers we’re trying to support.

Today there are over 300.000 children and youth in armed movements and conflicts world-wide. Over 30.000 have been recruited from 80 countries to fight for ISIS / Daesh. What we’re trying to do is something different: empower amazing and courageous individuals with the skills and tools to prevent war and violence, stop it when it’s happening, and help their countries and communities heal and recover after. To do this though, we need your help.

Please visit the “Empowering Young Peace Leaders” global crowdfunding campaign today and help make a difference the life of a courageous young peace builder – and for the future of their people and country. From $10 to $10000, every donation really does help. You can also help by sharing this appeal through your networks. It would mean a lot to us.

I’ve spent 20 years working in peacebuilding around the world. I started myself internationally when I was 17. I know and believe in the power and importance of helping courageous young people in communities and countries affected by war to find a better way. Your support can help make that possible.

If you have questions or want to know more about the International Youth Peace Forum: Global Youth Rising 2016 and what you’d actually be supporting you can write to me directly at You can also visit the website at or join us on Facebook at:

100% of all funds raised will go directly to making it possible for incredible and courageous activists and peaceworkers from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine and some incredible peace workers from other parts of the world to take part. If you have donated you can also let us know your preferences for where you’d like your support to go. We also give you the chance to meet together with those you’ve supported via skype or by phone, and to speak with some of the amazing peace workers taking part in the International Youth Peace Forum: Global Youth Rising 2016 as trainers, support, coaches and mobilisers. You can find out more about them by visiting and reading their bios at

Thank you for your support. It makes a difference.

In peace,
Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen
Director, Department of Peace Operations (DPO)
Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)



Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Post-War Recovery & Reconciliation: Improving Quality, Effectiveness and Strategic Impact of Peacebuilding Policy and Practice

Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Post-War Recovery & Reconciliation: Improving Quality, Effectiveness and Strategic Impact of Peacebuilding Policy and Practice

June 20 – 24 2016 – to apply 

“I will not hesitate to unreservedly recommend this programme for all actors in the peacebuilding field. I dare say that without it you stand the risk of missing the mark, with it your chance of success in your endeavours are quite significantly enhanced!” Paul Ebikwo, African Union/United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Sudan


The PCTR is the only programme of its kind which draws on the latest lessons learned, tools, and methods in peacebuilding and conflict transformation from the practical experience of practitioners and policy makers on five continents to explore all three phases of violence and war – pre-violence, violence, post-violence – and what can be done.

The PCTR includes:

  • The development of practical skills, tools and methods for peacebuilding and conflict transformation;
  • Training in leading methodologies from the field from five continents
  • Review of lessons-learned and best practices in the field drawing from on-the-ground experiences in peacebuilding
  • Tools for strategic planning, designing peacebuilding engagements and conflict transformation strategies
  • Comprehensive Introduction to Conflict Mapping and Analysis and Conflict Intelligence
  • Linkages with gender, human rights, security, democratization, development and nation and state-building with peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  • Methods and strategies for organizations, governments and international institutions to improve and strengthen their ability to support peacebuilding, conflict transformation and post-war recovery, reconciliation and healing
  • How to strengthen sustainable national capacities in countries and areas affected by conflict and to enable a lasting peace

The PCTR is a five-day intensive programme which provides experts, practitioners and policymakers with a forum for reflection and targeted, relevant professional development within a dynamic and stimulating environment. The programme is relevant for those working in political, gender, security, human rights, development, and humanitarian fields, as well as donors and diplomats specialising in areas affected or threatened by war, armed conflict or in post-war situations.

The direct, needs-based skills and knowledge-intensive approach of the PCTR is suitable for senior and executive level field staff, and those in leadership roles in governments and organisations.



Day 1, Monday


Welcome and Introduction:
Programme Overview, Participant Aims and Objectives

Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation & Post-War Stabilisation and Recovery: Operational & Conceptual Framework


Conflict Analysis & Conflict Intelligence: Improving a Key Tool in Effective Policy Development and Peacebuilding Programmes

Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding Outcomes: Developing Viable, Effective and Sustainable Outcomes which meet the needs of parties

Day 2, Tuesday


Systemic Peacebuilding: Improving Effectiveness, Coherence and Impact

Peace Profiles: Improving Coordination and Cooperation across Peacebuilding Sectors and Actors


Early Warning & Preventing Armed Conflict: Key Operational and Practical Developments in Making Prevention Effective

Scenario Planning in Peacebuilding: From Reaction to Risk to effective Peacebuilding and Preventing Violence and Crises

Day 3, Wednesday


Case Study

Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation During Situations of War/ Armed Violence/Conflict


After War: Key Lessons & Experiences in Stabilisation, Recovery and Reconciliation

Policy Makers’ & Practitioners’ Forum: Identifying Key Lessons

Day 4, Thursday


Strategic Planning and Design of Peacebuilding Engagements


Strategic Planning and Design of Peacebuilding Engagements (cont.)

Day 5, Friday


Working Groups: Key Issues in Peacebuilding from Participants’ Needs/Contexts

Moving the Field Forward: How do we do Peacebuilding,Violence Prevention and Post-War Stabilisation and Recovery?


Bringing it Together:
Developing Participants’ Peacebuilding Guides

Peacebuilding Intelligence and Next Steps: Implications for Policy and Practice

Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Post-War Recovery & Reconciliation: Improving Quality, Effectiveness and Strategic Impact of Peacebuilding Policy and Practice

June 20 – 24 2016 – to apply