About Us

Here you can read more about the organisations that have developed the course and the wider networks that they are part of. The course has been developed in partnership between Modus Operandi for Conflict Transformation (Modop) and The Network University, with the financial aid of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation (FPH). The Course has initially been developed by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) at the Department of Peace Studies of Bradford University in the United Kingdom. This was in 1999. Since then the course has not stopped evolving, taking into account the latest developments in the field and reinforcing the conflict transformation approach.  

Modus Operandi

Modus Operandi is an organisation working towards conflict transformation through training, research and the organisation of public debates. Throughout our work we constantly seek to create links between theory and practical experience through our analytical tools that help to make sense of what is happening around us.

Modus Operandi seeks to understand violent conflict in order to propose solutions that go beyond the stopping of hostilities and that favor durable answers to the roots causes of conflict. The conflict transformation approach is key to Modop's work because it seeks to create coherence between the initiatives of different types of actors, operating on different levels -from the grass-roots to international- and seeking to integrate different time frames.

The Network University

The Network University (TNU) facilitates innovative learning and capacity building for a global network of professionals, students, non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, specializing in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development.

The Network University (TNU) is a centre for collaborative learning. TNU is rooted in the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It offers innovative academic courses via the Internet to a worldwide audience of students and professionals. Participants with different professional backgrounds share their experiences in interactive group discussions and assignments. They become co-producers in joint knowledge networks.

TNU's activities are aimed at generating new knowledge and insights and then spreading these throughout the participating networks. These activities include the development and supervision of online courses, online debates, commissioned research, workshops combining online and face-to-face learning experiences and consultancy and strategy development on E-learning.

Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation

The Charles Leopold Mayer foundation is committed to finance -through donations or loans- research and actions contributing in a significant and innovative way to the progress of humankind through science and social development. It is based in Lausanne and Paris.

Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation

The course has been endorsed by the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT) which brings together non-profit organizations committed to upholding and implementing the Principles of Conflict Transformation. The GCCT’s mission is to raise awareness and understanding about conflict transformation, facilitate theoretical and policy-oriented debate on conflict transformation, advocate for greater support for conflict transformation processes and catalyse the sharing of best practice between practitioners. The GCCT engages with all actors who can contribute to facilitating conflict transformation, and implements concrete activities aimed at upholding its stated objectives.