International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM)

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

About the ITDM

The International Training on Dialogue and Mediation is an annual training coordinated by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR) Uppsala University. It build on 50 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.

Previous ITDM trainings

Interested to read more about previous trainings? On ITDM’s main website, maintained by the Department of Peace and Conflict at Uppsala University, you can learn about the trainings held 2017-2019.

International Training in Dialogue and Mediation 2022

Watch highlights from interviews with four participants from the ITDM in 2022


Latest news about the ITDM


The New Agenda for Peace: Strengthening application of peacebuilding norms

Dr Armend Bekaj, Programme Manager in the Foundation’s Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace project shares an overview of the most recent online seminar with the International Training on Dialogue and Mediation Alumni Network hosted jointly by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.

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