Steps for Peace

Institute for Peacebuilding Non-Profit Organisation


Promoting peace by training civilian actors

Steps for Peace provides qualifications for professionals working in crisis regions with practice-oriented training courses.

These actors need a high amount of intercultural sensitivity, an understanding of political and social transformation processes, creativity, and a broad repertoire of methods. With this knowledge, they can have a de-escalatory impact and can appropriately support national and local actors as well as their peace potentials on-site.

The understanding of concepts and experiences in the areas of human rights, peacebuilding and conflict transformation has grown considerably in the past years. This in turn has led to the development of further approaches and methods for effective peace work. Examples for this are Do No Harm for project management, Reflecting on Peace Practice for an in-depth analysis of peacebuilding programmes, as well as Peace and Conflict Assessment to reduce conflict factors and optimise peace potentials of international measures in fragile contexts.

Steps for Peace establishes a link to these approaches with its training programme by covering basic qualifications such as organisational development and training skills, as these constitute important foundations for successful peace work in crisis regions.

In addition to transferring knowledge, Steps for Peace training courses improve participants’ practical skills in their respective areas. Practical suitability is thus the defining standard for selecting topics, training methods and trainers.

Target group

The training sessions are directed towards people involved in socio-political change processes in crisis regions, or those preparing for such a task. These people work with local authorities, non-governmental organisations, governmental agencies or international organisations. The training helps staff from international organisations to develop a differentiated understanding for organisational frameworks in socio-political change processes and to supervise projects in a more context-specific way. Employees from national and local partner organisations as well as national staff from international organisations are encouraged in the training to apply their regional expertise to the respective context. The participants contribute their own practical experiences and are open for intense processes of reflection.

So far, participants from the following organisations have taken part in training courses offered by Steps for Peace: Association for Development Cooperation, Bread for the World, CRISP – Crisis Simulation for Peace, EIRENE International Christian Service for Peace, Forum Civil Peace Service, GIZ (German Association for International Development Cooperation), KURVE Wustrow, MISEREOR (German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Peace Brigades International, Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, terre des hommes, United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Mission in Sierra Leone, UN Women in Zimbabwe, Weltfriedensdienst, Berlin Social Science Center, Center for International Peace Operations.

Training methods

In consideration of the complexity of learning processes and individual styles of learning, the training alternates between various methods: theoretical input, exercises, role play, case studies, working on own projects, peer exchange and discussions about practical challenges. The training can be used as training-on-the-job by having participants immediately apply what they have learned to their fields of practice.

Our training courses will be held in English. All training courses can also be held in German.


Steps for Peace works with qualified trainers. They are experts in their respective areas, have years of practical work experience in crisis contexts and are competent educators with the aim of conveying knowledge along with practical skills. Most of them also work as coaches and can therefore individually advise participants on their projects. An overview of our trainers can be found below.

Training venue

The training courses are held at Hotel Morgenland, Finckensteinallee 23-27, 12205 Berlin, Germany. You can find further details at

Steps for Peace has committed itself to conducting its work according to standard DIN ISO 29990 for educational institutions. DIN ISO 29990 is a certification procedure for international education providers regarding standards for learning services as well as a quality management system for providers of learning services in non-formal education and advanced training.

Steps for Peace - Trainingsprogramm 2016

Steps for Peace - Training Overview 2016

Application procedure and participation fee

The participation fee includes all course materials, lunch, break refreshments and snacks.

The minimum number of participants necessary for courses to take place is seven people. Registration is open up to four weeks before the training.

Registrations are effective upon transfer of the registration fee to this account:
GLS Bank, IBAN DE96 4306 0967 1114 7454 00, BIC/Swift GENODEM1GLS. Cancellations within four weeks before the training begins will be charged 50% of the participation fee.

You can direct any questions you may have to Steps for Peace - Institute for Peacebuilding, Tel +49 (0)30 755 19 733,

The e-registration forms for the trainings are available under the respective training descriptions at


Please note that we do not offer any scholarships or financial aid for our participants.


Customised In-House Trainings

We come to you

All training courses can be carried out as in-house training upon request.

We train your national or local partners or staff according to your needs

In close consultation with you we will conceptualise and organise a tailor-made training according to your wishes. All trainings offered in our programme can be adapted to your needs; we can also put together individual training courses from separate modules. The trainings can be conducted as in-house trainings in Germany or on-site with your local staff, your partner organisations and their target groups.

We provide you with qualified trainers

Steps for Peace works with qualified trainers. They are experts in their respective areas, have years of practical work experience in crisis contexts and are competent educators with the aim of conveying knowledge along with practical skills. Most of them also work as coaches and can therefore individually advise participants on their projects. An overview of our trainers can be found below.

We customise training courses to suit your needs

We can create training courses combining modules from our existing courses and/or develop new modules to suit your/your target group’s needs.

Steps for Peace - Customised In-House Trainings



Cornelia Brinkmann

Trainer for »Building peace by managing change» and «Designing trainings for peacebuilding«
Cornelia Brinkmann M.A., educationalist, organisation developer and business administrator, heads Steps for Peace. She works as a peace policy consultant for NGOs and state-funded institutions in crisis regions such as Afghanistan, Israel, Yemen, Kosovo and South Africa. Throughout the last 30 years, she has conducted consultations, training courses and evaluations in peace building, conflict management and conflict transformation with a participatory and action-oriented approach.


Dr. Juan Diaz

Lecturer for »Interactive problem-solving workshops« in the training Designing trainings for peacebuilding
Juan Diaz is mediator, trainer and facilitator working on political, economic and social integration. Through INGROUP BERLIN he promotes mediation support, capacity-building and conflict transformation. He is the Berlin Representative for the European Forum for International Mediation and Dialogue (mediatEUr). In 2005 he co-founded the CSSProject for Integrative Mediation and served as its director until May 2012. He has over 14 years of practical experience in conflict-affected regions, especially in South East Europe, South Asia and the MENA region.

Dr. Wolfgang Heinrich

Trainer for »Do No Harm and Reflecting on Peace Practice«
Dr. Wolfgang Heinrich is an ethnologist and has worked for over 25 years in the field of non-governmental development cooperation. From 1996 to 2001, he was part of the group of practitioners from development cooperation and humanitarian aid that carried out the study and learning process with Mary B. Anderson, from which the Do No Harm concept and tool emerged. Since 2003, he has been working with local organisations in several countries of South Asia to develop conflict-sensitive concepts and methods for project work.

Uli Jäger

Trainer for »Peace education as a contribution to conflict transformation«
Uli Jäger has an M.A. in political science and took up the post of Director of Peace Education at the Berghof Foundation in January 2012. He has many years of experience in leading peace education workshops at home and abroad, a focus being peace education in conflict and war-torn regions. He has published articles on peace education, civil conflict management, global learning, sport, preventing violence and promoting peace.

Ulrike Ramlow

Trainer for »Building peace by managing change«
Ulrike Ramlow, political scientist, mediator and organisation developer, has been involved as a trainer and consultant in international projects for the last 15 years. She works with NGOs and state-funded institutions in the areas of conflict transformation and team development, supporting planning and implementation processes of peace projects and advising managers in this work. From 2003 to 2008, she headed a project of the Civil Peace Service in Palestine.

Dr. Cordula Reimann

Trainer for »Do No Harm and Reflecting on Peace Practice«
Dr. Cordula Reimann has worked as trainer, consultant, facilitator and lecturer in the field of conflict sensitivity and conflict transformation for various national and international GOs and NGOs over the last 15 years. These institutions included the Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF) and most recently «swisspeace», the Swiss Peace Foundation as Head of Analysis and Impact. She has held various introductory and practice-oriented training courses on Do No Harm and Reflecting on Peace Practice in Switzerland and abroad in the last 10 years.

Dirk Sprenger

Trainer for »Movie – Impact orientation in civil conflict management«
Dirk Sprenger is trainer, moderator, mediator and coach. He has extensive experience of international collaborations, particularly in the fields of civil conflict management and peace promotion. For years, the area of impact orientation and the completion of tables and so-called logframes was seen by many experts and local partners as a compulsory exercise for donors. In collaboration with zivik/Institute for Foreign Relations, he created with «Movie» an alternative that has been conceived and designed from the perspective of the implementers.