Peacetech 101

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Peacetech 101 is a practical introduction to innovation and technology for peacebuilders. The first of its kind, this 4-week training course covers innovation processes and technology tools that can be successfully used to build peace and prevent conflict. This emerging body of practice is often referred to as ‘peacetech’.

Participants will emerge with a strong understanding of essential principles of peacetech and a core toolkit to design programs that strategically introduce technology tools and innovation processes to their peacebuilding work.

This training course is designed for peacebuilding professionals and practitioners with a focus on hands-on learning, practical content, and applicable tools. No prior knowledge of technology tools or innovation processes is required. However, we do assume a base knowledge and experience of peacebuilding programming.


Delivered entirely online over a period of four weeks, the course consists of a blend of asynchronous modules for completion at your own pace as well as synchronous webinars and meeting opportunities to deepen learning along with trainers and peers.

With an estimated 20-30 hours of coursework, we recommend budgeting a minimum commitment of 5-6 hours per week and scheduling time for the course around your existing obligations. Additionally, participants will have access to all course content for at least 2 months after the completion of the course.


Understand the functions that technology tools can play in peacebuilding initiatives

  • Participants gain awareness of the current practice and possibilities of peacetech globally

  • Participants are able to reference peacetech practice for their own innovative design purposes

Learn key approaches to successfully design peacetech activities

  • Participants understand what contextual data and analysis are needed to successfully design a peacetech intervention

  • Participants are able to undertake human-centered, participatory design process for a peacetech intervention

Understand best practices and requirements for conflict sensitive implementation of peacetech initiatives

  • Participants gain awareness of peacetech applications in practice

  • Participants are able to identify the operational and ethical issues associated with a peacetech concept or idea

  • Participants have the tools to develop a peacetech project brief as a starting point for further development


- Introduction and an overview of peacetech
- Uses and cases of technology for peacebuilding
- Theories of change for peacetech
- Human-centered design
- Tools for user-centered design
- Conducting an information ecosystem assessment
- Best practices through the project cycle
- Challenges & ethical considerations
- Conflict sensitivity and peacetech
- Peacetech in practice: peace engineering, strategic communications, participatory numbers, creative consultation, online dialogues
- Individual consultation on peacetech ideas


Participant’s performance will not be graded. However, if assigned activities are completed by the due date, participants will receive feedback on their submissions.

A weekly live meeting will be held with Build Up trainers, in which participants will be able to ask questions that have come up throughout the module. Additional support is available throughout the course via email or through the course messaging system from a dedicated Build Up course instructor.

Digital skills badges will be awarded upon completion of the course. Participants who complete at least 75% of the course, create a peacetech project brief for consultation, and complete a course evaluation will receive a certificate of completion.

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