International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM)

This training provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with a unique opportunity to explore the use of dialogue and mediation in building and sustaining peace.

Each year the Foundation has held the International Training on Dialogue and Mediation with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. It welcomes participants from around the world to Uppsala for ten days of interactive lectures and training. The programme builds on 45 years of peace and conflict research and education at Uppsala University, combined with insights from the Foundation’s ongoing engagement in international policy discussions in the peacebuilding field.

Many regional inter-governmental organisations active in the area of dialogue and mediation globally have created special units for engaging with conflict prevention, mediation, peacemaking or peacebuilding. Similar developments can be observed in regional civil society organisations. In this rapid and dynamic process, practitioners have increasingly come to realise the importance of a continuous exchange of knowledge, experience and perspectives to improve understanding and performance.

This training is specially designed for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and mid-level leaders from international and regional organisations, civil society and universities with a particular focus on the use of dialogue in building and sustaining peace in developing countries and territories eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA). Participants become acquainted with the latest research in this field, guided by skilled experts, and will jointly reflect on its relevance and applicability to their ongoing work while developing a network of colleagues from other countries.


Given the current and potential future restrictions to travel and gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ITDM 2020 has been cancelled. Possible future training opportunities are being explored.


Building a global network of peacebuilders

International training program alumni

Alumni of the International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) join over 750 alumni of International Training Programmes conducted by Uppsala University’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research and its partners since 1988. The alumni network, founded and supported by the Foundation and the Department, provides a platform for continued exchange and capacity building by organising alumni seminars on thematic issues. 

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