Consultancy and Training
Drawing on its inter-disciplinary network of experts, DGSI offers specialist consultancy services to governmental, intergovernmental, non-governmental and civil society organisations in the areas of conflict prevention, humanitarian intervention and post-conflict stabilisation and peacebuilding.
Previous and present consultancies of staff who will be participating in DGSI include work carried out for such organisations as:
- government departments such as the UK Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport
- regional organisations such as the European Commission (External Relations), the Council of Europe (Venice Commission) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme and the World Economic Forum's Geopolitics, and Energy Programmes
- non-governmental organisations such as the Conflict Sensitivity Consortium (which, besides DFID, includes CARE, World Vision, CAFOD, Action Aid, Save the Children, Plan, Saferworld, Responding to Conflict, International Alert, Skillshare International)
- commercial organisations such as KPMG Development Advisory Services (Fragile States) and international law firms
Professional Development Courses
DGSi offers a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses consisting of short workshops. Most courses are jointly delivered by academics and practitioners, both from within Durham University and from elsewhere, and typically include lectures, seminars, group work, interactive roleplays and simulations based on a real or constructed case.
In addition to offering set professional development courses, DGSI offers the opportunity of tailor-made workshops for:
- Organisations about to deploy personnel to conflict zones - including area-specific knowledge provision;
- Organisations grappling with specific conflict-related problems - such as whether, when or how to conduct negotiations with armed non-state actors;
- Organisations seeking to develop specific conflict-related skills - such as how to improve conflict sensitivity or develop systematic conflict analysis.
Drawing both on in-house expertise and its global networks, DGSI can offer short courses which are tailored to the needs of the commissioning organisation, whether an NGO, a Ministry or an intergovernmental organisation.
If you are interested in participating in an existing CPD or if you would like to request a tailor-made training (minimum participants 7), please contact the MSc programme director or the DGSi director.