Decolonising Peace Work

Event Start:
Event End:
01:00 pm TO 03:00 pm
(GMT +1:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Cologne, Germany
Online Event
Register now

Rethinking peace work beyond colonial continuities

Online-training with live-sessions & self-paced learning.

The trends of thought based on discriminatory ideologies have strengthened the systems of power and oppression that we have today and the extent of their fields of action. These systems, which were for the most part Eurocentric and based on a universality of values, contributed to the destruction of all other values deemed primitive.

The genocides, wars and conflicts of all kinds resulting from this past can only be addressed through a critical analysis of the concepts and reasons that supported these systems of oppression, colonization, and genocide. We will analyse these mechanisms of oppression through the concept of the 4 I’s (Ideology, Institutions, Internalization and Interpersonal). This will allow us to set the foundation for a peace work based on the development of a sustainable strategy of care and reparation.

The course is designed for peace workers with a basic knowledge of diversity and anti-racism who want to deepen their understanding of colonialism and anti-racism in relation to their work.


Technical Introduction on 16 October 2023 from 13:00 to 14:00 CEST
Online Live Sessions from 19 October 2023 to 30 November 2023, every Thursday from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST/CET


After the course, participants …

  • are more confident in dealing with the concepts, terms, and language that perpetuate marginalization, among them: racism, coloniality, and white privilege.
  • have a deeper understanding of dynamics of power and identity, and its role in peace and conflict practice and interventions.
  • have unpacked some of the structures, systems and practices that maintain racism and coloniality in this field.
  • have identified some of the concepts, approaches, strategies, and tools for anti-racist and decolonized practice.
  • have further developed a critical understanding of their own role as peace workers, and as well as the role of their organizations in rethinking current racist practices, in shifting the balance of power, and in effectively supporting communities in building and achieving their vision of peace.

Key Concepts

  • racism and colonial continuities in peace work
  • white supremacy, white saviourism, white charity in peace and conflict transformation
  • Internalization of racism: self-under-estimation as BIPoC / unreflected white privilege
  • un-learning racism in peace work
  • Intersectional – feminist perspectives in peace work

For more information, please check our website.