UNESCO-IHE is developing a new master’s program on water cooperation and peace jointly with the University for Peace in Costa Rica and Oregon State University. This programme will. amongst other things, provide a contextualized approach to conflict and peace, a theoretical dimension to conflict, consider multi-level scales of conflict dimensions and strengthen skills through training and fieldtrips. The programme is intended to being in summer 2015.
The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in collaboration with Netherlands-based as well as international partners, has initiated a project aiming to analyze effective cooperation over shared water resources, and to operationalize this knowledge for academic and advisory work and diplomatic support services. The project includes comparative analyses of cooperation processes in the Jordan, Mekong, Rhine and Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basins among others, upscaling of best practices, process facilitation combined with action research, and capacity building, e.g. by means of on-the-job training for water professionals in the respective facilitation cases.
The Water Diplomacy Consortium is pleased to announce that the heads of its member organizations has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their interest and intention to collaborate, building further upon joint activities such as the Water Security and Peace Conference in November 2013 and the regular meetings of the partners to develop a joint long-term cooperation program on water diplomacy. Continue reading
Mariska Heijs is Training and Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute. She is responsible for developing trainings in the field of water diplomacy and water negotiations and she coordinates training programmes for diplomats from the Arab region and the Caucasus. She has wide ranging expertise in development cooperation, human rights and asylum and migration issues. She teaches communication skills, project management and political analysis for diplomats. Before she joined Clingendael, she worked for the Dutch organisation responsible for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Continue reading