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Conflict management Training for the Nile Basin Initiative

(2011)

Retained by the Nile Basin Initiative and SNC Lavalin to develop and deliver a training program on conflict management to representatives of the Nile Basin countries. The interactive skills based program addressed macro and micro conflict management, the international legal context, mediation and facilitation using hypothetical simulations, real case studies and role plays. Participant evaluation of the program was very high; exceeding 85% approval of the content and delivery.

Bangkok Metropolitan Police Training

Public demonstrations over public policy issues are common in Thailand. Many of these protests are staged in Bangkok – the center of political and administrative power in the country. The Bangkok Metropolitan Police are often on the frontline responding to these conflict situations. After several senior members of the force responsible for riot control attended conflict management training sessions delivered by Pacific Resolutions in association with Khon Kaen Institute for Dispute Resolution, they requested that the training team deliver the program to all 120 police chiefs in Bangkok. The course material was supplemented with information on approaches used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in responding to hostage taking and barricade incidents. The BKK Police Chiefs worked through the program using real cases that they have been involved in.

Cambodia Human Rights Committee Training

The Cambodia Human Rights Committee requested that Pacific Resolutions develop and deliver a training program on complaint investigation, non-adjudicative dispute resolution, Ombudsmanship and land policy development. The Team consisted of experts in the field from British Columbia and Alberta including Stephen Owen, Member of Parliament, Minister of Public Works and past Deputy Attorney General and Ombudsman for British Columbia, and Harley Johnson past Ombudsmen for Alberta. Pacific Resolutions developed and managed the project and assisted with the dispute resolution component of the training. This project was sponsored by the CIDA Southeast Asia Fund for Institutional and Legal Development.

Thailand Public Participation and Conflict Management Training Program

A wide range of Thai government agencies with responsibilities for natural resource management are seeking improved methods of public participation and conflict management. In response to this need the CIDA Natural Resource and Environmental Management (NREM) project retained Pacific Resolutions to develop a training program aimed at introducing public participation and conflict management approaches and methods into internal Royal Thai Government Agency training programs. The initiative included the development of training materials, case studies and a trainer’s manual as well as pilot training sessions in different locations around the country.

Thailand National Security Council Seminar

With the assistance of the Southeast Asia Fund for Institutional and Legal Development and the Asia Foundation, Khon Kaen University Institute for Dispute Resolution provided a two day seminar on Conflict Management to senior staff at the National Security Council as well as other RTG agencies. Pacific Resolutions Directors were invited to participate in the seminar. They presented on mediation techniques in a multi-party public policy dispute context as well as case studies from Canada and Thailand.

Khon Kaen Institute For Dispute Resolution I

(1995)

In response to the growing need for alternative dispute resolution capacity and institutions in Thailand, Khon Kaen University initiated an institutional development program aimed at establishing an Institute for Dispute Resolution. CIDA provided initial funding for the initiative which involved Pacific Resolutions, the B.C. Commission on Resources and Environment, the University of Victoria Institute for Dispute Resolution and the International Ombudsman Institute. After the initial CIDA sponsored activities, Pacific Resolutions has continued to work with the Khon Kaen Institute for Dispute Resolution on a wide range of projects funded by local as well as multilateral agencies.

Cambodia Center for Conflict Resolution

(1995-1996)

In response to the growing need for alternative dispute resolution capacity and insitutions in Cambodia, the Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI) initiated an institutional development program aimed at establishing an independent conflict resolution center. CIDA provided initial funding for the initiative which involved a number of agencies including the BC Commission on Resources and Environment and Pacific Resolutions. After the initial CIDA sponsored activities, Pacific Resolutions continued to work with CDRI and the newly formed center to develop a strategic plan for the new organization and to develop and deliver training programs.

Natural Resource/Environmental Management Training, Thailand

(1996-1999)

Pacific Resolutions participated in a training program design team to develop an integrated training program to support the implementation of Management Frameworks for Sustainable Development (MFSD’s) in Thailand. MFSD’s are a primary outcome of the CIDA NREM project in Thailand. Pacific Resolutions took the lead in the development of the facilitation training modules for Interior Ministry officials and consultants that will be tasked with facilitating MFSD development which is a multi-party, interagency planning process.