Dear Colleagues,
After a successful first program in Kathmandu, the SIT Graduate Institute and the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Programs, will offer the second annual Peacebuilding & Training program in Kathmandu. See details below. Please do pass along as you see appropriate and accept my apologies for cross posting. Warmest Regards, Mariana Syrotiak, Program Manager.

Peacebuilding Training and Education for SAARC Emerging Leaders
SAARC-South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
December 6-18, 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Conflict Transformation across Cultures Programs, known as CONTACT, is currently accepting applications for our second peacebuilding course in Kathmandu. CONTACT has offered world-class training programs in the US for 14 years, and has led 5 similar programs in Africa.
Selection Criteria:  Forty to fifty participants will be selected by application, based on their position, work experience, educational background, English skills, reference, and geographic location. Internationals who live and work in SAARC are also invited to apply. SAARC countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  For schedule, location and fees please visit the program website:
About the Program: CONTACT is a short-term, concentrated, and intense educational immersion program for rising leaders from around the world who are engaged in responding to conflict, promoting social change, and building sustainable peace. CONTACT offers professional development programs and a graduate certificate program in conflict transformation, leading to a Master’s Degree at the SIT Graduate Institute. With more than 1000 graduates spanning the globe, CONTACT is of proven effectiveness in educating for peace leadership, conflict-sensitive development, and transformative intercultural exchange.
Testimonial:  “As I look back at my professional career of almost four decades, as a trainer/resource person in hundreds of workshops in Pakistan & abroad, I admit that CONTACT SAARC was the best interactive exposure of my life. This was a scrupulously designed, thoroughly organized & articulately conducted exercise. The material was exceptional and it developed the pace very methodically & progressively. […]The trainers of this workshop were the cream of the crop with Paula leading and ably supported by competent Kevin & Tats. I saw such senior & experienced trainers deeply & personally engrossed in the proceedings & emotional currents of a workshop. I cannot forget the moments when you allowed us to share our common humanity & grief. You looked like people from within…& part of us. It speaks of the deep attachment to the cause you portray and preach. My compliments to World Learning and SIT for having such a class of trainers in their team.”  Shafqat Mehmood, Pakistan
Program Fees: $1500 –to include tuition, room and board, and airport transportation on the designated arrival and departure days.  Participants are responsible for their own transportation, visa fees, and personal expenses.

Application deadline for SAARC CONTACT is October 30, 2010
For application form and details about the application process you may visit the website at  Please submit applications to [email protected].

For questions and clarifications, please write to [email protected].

Thank you for strengthening our networks of peacebuilders.