Short Courses

Africa Peacebuilding Institute (16th Edition)

Course Finished: 
US$851 (R10.638)

Dr Mulanda Jimmy Juma, Coordinator of Peace Studies Programme

Telphone: +27 11 380 9052

Mobile: +27 78 1799 783 


incl. course materials and refreshments


A Mennonite Central Committee program hosted by St Augustine College of South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 02 – 27 May 2016


Deadline for submission: 11 April 2016 for participants who do not require South African visa

01 April 2016 for participants who require South African visa

To be sent to: Mulanda Jimmy Juma, Email:  


Part I: General information:

The Africa Peacebuilding Institute (API) offers an intensive study of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation rooted in and responding to challenges emerging from the African context. Practitioners from across the continent come together to study and reflect on conflict transformation theory and practice and to interact with others involved with peace building work. API will be hosted at:

eMseni Christian Centre

Plot 61, Road Number 5

Benoni, 1511


Tel. +27 11 973 5126



The API programme is operationalized by St Augustine College of South Africa in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

MCC is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches which shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation. MCC works alongside local churches and communities in more than 50 countries, including Canada and the United States of America (USA), to carry out disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peace-building work in the name of Christ. MCC also seeks to build bridges to connect people and ideas across cultural, political and economic divides. Together, MCC U.S. and MCC Canada administer this work. MCC relies on the support of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches to provide committed, energetic workers, financial support and prayer for this worldwide ministry. For more information please visit:


St Augustine College

South Africa's only Catholic institution of higher education, St Augustine opened in 1999. Rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, educational offerings of St Augustine's are addressed to people of all faiths and cultures, while particularly relevant to the context and challenges of the South African society. St Augustine's mission is to educate morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skilfully to advance the common good and promote respect for the dignity of the human person. This is being achieved through active learning, scholarly research, and respectful engagement with local, regional, and global communities.

The College offers a BA (Honours) degree in Peace Studies. The programme aims to equip graduates in the field to approach the challenges of conflict prevention, resolution, peace-building and peace-keeping in a manner which is intellectually rigorous, theoretically well-grounded and empirically richly informed. For more information please visit:

The Africa Peacebuilding Institute, now in its 16th year of operation, has seen encouraging development and expansion. The 2016 API will be held from 02-27 May 2016. Participants are expected to arrive in Johannesburg on Sunday, 01 May in order to have ample time for orientation to the learning environment and depart on Friday night after graduation, which will be held on 27 May or the following day, Saturday 28 May. Participants who are not able to travel according to the above plan, should inform the API Coordinator a month before the starting of API so that appropriate accommodation arrangements can be made for them. API offers four weekly sessions with 5 modules in total (one module per week for the first three weeks and two modules for the fourth week running concurrently). Each module is 5 days in length. No classes are scheduled over the weekends, but a day-trip outing will be organized to enrich the API experience.

Participants can choose to attend one or two of the modules offered OR register for the entire institute—4 modules in total. (Registering for the full 4-week institute is highly recommended). Conducted in English, courses at API focus on combining theory and practice for conflict transformation through peace-building, non-violence, skills in third-party intervention roles, local ownership, trauma awareness, healing and reconciliation. Other related topics explored include the Anabaptist peacemaking, peace education in schools, civilian role in peace-building operations in complex situations, concerns and the transformation of ethnic, religious, cultural and global conflicts from African perspectives. Course instructors and participants, both Africans and non-Africans, bring a wide variety of experiences from international settings to the learning environment.

API envisions an alliance of people equipped to build peace throughout the African continent.

API’s mission is to bring peace to the African continent by raising up people equipped in conflict prevention and resolution, community building and reconciliation. The Institute endeavours to do this based on Christian principles of non-violence, justice, dignity of the human person and rights relationships.


Cost for the course is as follows:

Tuition per Module:

Accommodation for 6 nights:

Meals for 6 days:

Total cost per Module:










The cost of each module includes all on-campus expenses (e.g. tuition, food, lodging, course pack, one book and API planned field visits). Registering for the full API (4 modules) does not entail tuition discount. If participants are not recipients of API bursary, the cost per each module as well as all travel-related expenses—including international and domestic airfare, bus or train transport, airport taxes, visa costs and overnight lodging and food en route—will be paid by the participants themselves or by their sending organisation. Medical fees in case of illness for both API and non-API bursaried participants are not covered by API scholarship, except for very minor sicknesses, such as flu. Additionally, no allowance (pocket money) is provided. Instead, field trips will be organised to enrich participants’ learning.

When entering South Africa, participants should make sure that they have their visa for the duration of the course. Each participant is encouraged to apply his/her visa well ahead of time to avoid hassles.


Participants will be selected based on the following priorities: (1) recommendation of MCC country representative or other MCC partner organisation; (2) connected, affiliated or working for a local peace and/or development organisation; (3) practical, ‘on-the-ground’ experience in peace-building; and (4) gender dimension (considerations).

***API bursary applicants and all other applicants should complete the application form and email it to and unless advised differently by your local MCC office. Participants applying bursaries through St Augustine (depending on availability of funds), are selected through St Augustine’s Bursary Committee.

Between 3-6 months after API, participants will be requested to share with API Coordinator and MCC stories of their experience on how they have applied the learnings from API in their life and work.  A reminder will be sent at the three month mark, and it would be beneficial to the St Augustine and MCC program, to have all responses in within the next three months.


Course Schedules & Descriptions:

Please note that the Modules “Peacemaking: Anabaptist Beliefs and Perspectives” and “Introduction to Conflict Transformation: African Perspectives” could be switched around due to the availability of international visiting Lecturers for the “Peacemaking: Anabaptist Beliefs and Perspectives” Module


Session I: 02-06 May, 2016

Module A: Peacemaking: Anabaptist Beliefs and Perspectives

Facilitator: Kajungu Mturi (Tanzania/Zambia)

Conflict, like violence is always present in our society. Whether in direct forms or in latent forms. The Anabaptist church believes that peace-building and faith are mutually inclusive for dealing with these issues. This module provides an opportunity for conversation about the Anabaptist theological foundation that undergirds and sustains the journey of peace-building in individuals’ lives, churches, communities and the world. The Module explores the theological assumptions regarding conflict, violence and peacemaking. It challenges participants to connect to the Biblical and spiritual rootedness and examine the interconnectedness of peace and justice. 

Kajungu Mturi, an API alumni, is a Tanzanian by nationality and is currently working with Mennonite Central Committee in Zambia as Peace education coordinator. Among other responsibilities, he does facilitation on conflict transformation, gender based violence and restorative justice within the BICC churches and their 12 schools.  Kajungu holds a Certificate in Youth work and a Diploma in Social Sciences from Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy in Tanzania, and also a Bachelor’s degree in Peace Justice and Conflict studies from Goshen College, USA. 


Session II: 09-13 May, 2016

Module A: Introduction to Conflict Transformation: African Perspectives

Facilitator: Christine Wandera (Kenya)

Designed as a broad introduction to the field, this module will provide an overview of the nature of conflicts and will explore that framework within the African context. Differences and similarities of African and other conflicts will be examined. Participants will study the origins of conflicts, systems theories, multi-cultural views on conflicts and the regionalisation of conflicts in Africa. They also learn about practical peacebuilding frameworks through case studies. African cultures will be examined as a source of conflicts and a resource for peace. Theories will be applied to case studies from Africa. Participants will focus on personal communication styles, interpersonal negotiation skills, and systemic analysis.

Christine Wandera works as a Sociologist with Voyants Solutions Private Limited for KISIP (Kenya informal settlement improvement project). She is a research supervisor with the African Migration Development and Policy Center. Christine holds a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Ministry in Mission from Tangaza College at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa –CUEA, Nairobi, Kenya.  She has rich experience both locally in Kenya and internationally from Rwanda, South Sudan, Northern Uganda as community organizer, peace builder, trainer, facilitator and peace activist. She has worked with Refugee community living in Kenya where she trained them on conflict management and conflict resolution. Christine has a rich experience of using theatre for peace.


Session III: 16-20 May, 2016

Module A (Seminar): Developing Civilian Peace-building Capacity

Facilitators: Prof. Michelo Hansungule (South Africa/Zambia) and Prof. Andrea de Guttry (Italy) and Mulanda Jimmy Juma, PhD (DR Congo/South Africa)

This seminar aims at the formation of civilians in non-violent approaches to peace-building in complex situations. Participants will be enabled to contribute to conflict transformation and peace-building in a variety of contexts and to better understand the role of the civilian component of peace-building operations from local to international levels. The course emphasises the need for developing reflective and critical capacities of participants. It does this by drawing the attention to core values that inform and motivate peace-building activities (i.e. human dignity and common good) and providing the conceptual frameworks that guide critical reflection.

Participants will be provided with critical knowledge and practical and technical-operational skills as key components of an extremely professional service in complex situations of peace-building. The course will orientate participants in the key functional areas including, inter alia, the United Nations and modern African Union and African regional groupings Charter on democracy, elections and governance; international peace operations and their challenges, the roles and responsibilities of civilian defence without the military, the protection of vulnerable groups, the reintegration of former fighters, do no harm, and cross-cutting issues such as gender aspects in peace-building mission, conduct and cultural awareness and communication. The course also offers an opportunity to learn about human rights education and reporting techniques.

Michelo Hansungule holds LLB LLM from Zambia and LLM (Graz Austria). He is also a holder of PhD in Human Rights from Vienna, Austria and Diploma in Land Tenure from Wisconsin, USA.  Hansungule is the Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria. He is also an International Advisor for Kreddha International, the Hague and a Member on the Advisory Board of UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women).  He has conducted many workshops on peace, human rights and human security in many parts of Africa through the University for Peace Africa Programme based in Addis Ababa.

Andrea De Guttry: Full Professor of Public International Law, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Institutions. He is the Director of the International Training Programme for Conflict Management at the Scuola Superiore  Sant'Anna. He works as the Deputy Director, DIRPOLIS Institute, Scuola. He is also the Director of the International Research Laboratory on “Conflict, Development and Global Studies” at the Scuola. Prof De Guttry has produced more than 100 publications: among the most recent ones is the 1998-2000 War Between Eritrea and Ethiopia. An International Legal Perspective (co-edited with Gabriella Venturini and Harry Post), TMC Asser, 2009.

Mulanda Juma is the Coordinator of Peace Studies and Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics at St Augustine College of South Africa. Before joining the College Juma served as the Regional Peace Advisor for Southern Africa with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Coordinator of Dag Hammarskjöld Centre for Peace, Good Governance and Human Rights in Zambia. He holds a Ph.D in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy and a Masters in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. Among his publications are: Mulanda Jimmy Juma. 2009, Transforming Violence to Non-Violence. In Shumba, O. and Chilufya, R. (eds.), Leadership, Conflict Analysis and Transformation Skills, Kitwe: Mission Press. pp. 59 – 75.


Session IV: 23-27 May, 2016

Module A: Trauma Awareness, Healing and Reconciliation

Facilitator: Doreen Ruto (Kenya)

This module is designed to provide persons with a thorough overview of the complex issues of trauma healing, reconciliation and indigenous approaches to trauma. Participants will explore the social-psychological processes of responding to deep personal loss, pain, and suffering in settings of protracted, violent conflicts. Trauma experienced in wars throughout Africa by refugees and displaced persons will be examined as well as recently developed approaches to individual and community healing. Participants will address these theoretically and practically. Comparative case studies from a variety of international settings including cases of Rwanda, South Sudan and South Africa will be utilised, as well as individual cases raised by participants. The personal experience of the Facilitator as a wounded healer and a survivor of violence and high scale human rights violation will greatly enrich the course. The Instructor will draw upon her many years of experience counselling abuse and trauma survivors and her work empowering previously disadvantaged communities while also integrating the latest research in peace studies.

Doreen Ruto is the founding Director of Daima Initiatives for Peace and Development, a local non-governmental organization registered in Kenya in 2011.She is a peacebuilding practitioner, trainer and researcher based in Nairobi Kenya.  In the past 15 years, Doreen’s passion and dedication has focused on working with victims and survivors of extreme violence and terrorism and has facilitated workshops on trauma awareness and resilience for individuals, groups and communities in Kenya, East and Central Africa region. She draws her inspiration and learning from her own personal journey as a survivor of the 1998 Embassy bombing attacks in Nairobi.

In the recent past, Doreen has reached out over 1000 survivors and caregivers of the Westgate Mall and Garissa University College attacks to provide workshops on countering extreme violence using trauma informed approaches, an effort that continues to accompany and journey with the survivors to prevent cycles of violence/revenge in Kenya.

In 2005, Doreen received a Fulbright scholarship from the US state department to pursue a graduate degree Eastern Mennonite University, where she attained a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Manchester in United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya.

Module B: Introduction to Peace Clubs: Theory and Practice

Facilitators: Pamela Hanchobezyi (Zambia)

The constantly changing and contextually embedded nature of violence and conflict requires helping students, youth and tomorrow’s leaders to develop a new way of thinking about peace, conflict and violence and helping them to develop skills that allow them to non-violently address and prevent conflicts in schools, homes and communities. This module discusses how students as peacebuilders can learn how to be critical and creative thinkers in dealing with conflicts.  The module will provide skills of peacebuilding, non-violence, gender and conflict transformation in order to address a wide range of conflicts and violence in various settings. The Module will also focus on running peace clubs in schools and in local communities building on experiences from Zambia, South Africa, Kenya and Burundi among others. Participants will also be equipped with tools of monitoring and reporting in the context of school peace clubs.

Pamela Hanchobezyi is currently a high school teacher. She has been in this career since 1997. In her school, she is also the Account Assistant, Matron for Peace Clubs and Counselor. Pamela studied Psychosocial Counseling with the ministry of health in Zambia and did her Diploma in Mathematics at Copperbelt Secondary Teachers’ College in Zambia. She completed her BA degree in Business Administration and Management at Daystar University in Kenya. Upon her graduation in June 2011, she came back home in Zambia and continued teaching at Sikalongo High School. In 2012 – 2016, she studied Masters in Peace and Conflict studies with the Copperbelt University where she specialized in ‘Human Security and Development’. Her desire is to teach and change many lives through peace education.


Field Visit Sessions: Weekends, May 2016

On some weekends, field visits and practical experiences will be organised to connect theory to practice during API. Possible sites to visit are: Apartheid Museum; Soweto; the Union Buildings, etc.


How to apply:

Africa Peacebuilding Institute Info & Application Form 2016 (MS Word) – Download

Africa Peacebuilding Institute Info & Application Form 2016 (PDF) – Download




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