Training course „Civilian Peacebuilding“

swisspeace – Peacebuilding in Basel

Can the escalation of a conflict that for years has been simmering at the heart of multi-ethnic state be averted? Who will prevail within the ethnic groups – hardliners or moderates? What role do external actors play? This simulation game series, which is part of the Civilian Peacebuilding Course by swisspeace in Basel is aimed at experts from the field of peace and conflict transformation.

The two consecutive simulation games are designed to allow participants to experience the dynamics of conflicts by means of a fictional example and to analyse what conditions are needed for civilian conflict transformation to contribute to a peaceful solution. Since most of the participants came with practical experience in real crisis areas, the evaluation rounds were particularly interesting and insightful, although there was considerable disagreement on the extent to which civilian peace forces can take an influence. All participants were in agreement that there was astonishingly large amount of parallels between the simulation game’s setting and the reality.

Following this successful premiere, we will extend our cooperation with swisspeace and teach further courses in Basel in years to come.

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Target group

Training for professionals from NGOs and state institutions

  • Recognising the complexity and dynamics of conflicts
  • Examine possibilities and influence of civilian conflict transformation

swisspeace – Swiss peace foundation


2 days

Number of participants



Basel (Switzerland)





  • Once again, many thank for the great cooperation regarding last week's module. The two days received very good feedback!
    Including the few modifications we have already talked about, it is guaranteed to be another great module next year :)
    We are looking forward to future cooperation and are eager to see the list of other simulation games relating to our work that you have up your sleeve...

    Franziska Sigrist, Head, Training swisspeace