Steps for Peace

Institute for Peacebuilding Non-Profit Organisation

Customised In-House Trainings

Customised In-House Trainings

What we offer

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.

Your benefits

  • You will receive training that is specially and individually tailored to your needs.
  • You can achieve high efficiency as training contents can be tailored to build upon the previous knowledge of the participants.
  • We will adapt the training to local circumstances and to the project context.
  • Our trainers are experts in their respective fields, have years of reflected experience in crisis contexts; their work is very practice-relevant and process-oriented.

Our topics

Trainings can be conducted in the following areas. Modules can be combined and we are happy to develop new modules with you.

  • Designing trainings for peacebuilding
  • Building peace by managing change
  • Shaping and experiencing cultural memory
  • Do No Harm
  • Reflecting on Peace Practice
  • Peace and Conflict Assessment
  • Movie – Impact orientation in civil conflict management
  • Peace education as contribution to conflict transformation
  • Witnessing peace work in fragile situations

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.


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 on our website.


  • The trainings can be conducted in German and English.
  • The costs of a customised training vary depending on length, group size and training location. We look forward to making you an offer.
  • The client is responsible for organising the required infrastructure (venue, equipment, catering, etc.).
  • Trainings with smaller groups of 2-3 persons can be conducted at the branch office of Steps for Peace in Berlin.

Cooperating partners (selection)

  • Alice Solomon University
  • Association for Development Cooperation (AGEH)
  • Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service
  • Carl Duisberg Association
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Georg Eckert Institute


Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to advising you and making you a suitable offer!

Telefon: +49 (0)30-755 19 733

Steps for Peace - Customised In-House Trainings


Impressions of customised in-house trainings

Transitional Justice and education in Germany

In 2015, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) conducted the Georg Arnhold International Summer School on Education for Sustainable Peace themed “Transitional Justice and Education” with an international group of participants. In line with this, the GEI asked Steps for Peace to adapt and conduct the Shaping and experiencing cultural memory course as an in-house training for this summer school. In a day-long excursion through Berlin, the topics of dealing with the past and cultures of memory in Germany were covered. The stations led through the permanent exhibition of the documentation centre Topography of Terror and the Berlin Wall Memorial, the main place of remembering the separation of Germany in the centre of the capital. In this process, approaches to memorial pedagogy were introduced.

“It was an interesting day that offered much conversational stimulation that already began early today.” Martina Schulze (GEI), programme coordinator for the Georg-Arnold-Programme

Steps for Peace - Transitional Justice and Education in Germany - report

Do No Harm and Reflecting on Peace Practice

The Do No Harm (DNH) concept has proven successful for peace- and conflict-sensitive humanitarian aid, as well as in development cooperation in conflict situations. DNH can be integrated into the planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes in order to improve their peace- and conflict-sensitivity. In this training course, the foundations of the DNH concept and the tool that was developed from it are presented. Furthermore, significant findings from the Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) process are explored.

“Despite a tight schedule, the two highly competent trainers managed to illustrate the complexity of both instruments and to put them in perspective. Additionally, the experiences of the participants, who all work in the most different regions and conditions, enriched our discussions during the training and in the sufficient breaks. Everyone was very motivated to take the tools learned and the many new ideas gathered home and apply them.” Catalin Hartwig, participant in Do No Harm and Reflecting on Peace Practice training

Steps for Peace - DNH and RPP - report

Managing diffiulties by peaceful means

In 2014, Steps for Peace conducted a two-day seminar on Managing difficulties by peaceful means for Egyptian university lecturers of the DAAD Academy Cairo. The manifold political and social circumstances were considered in the joint conceptualisation process. The lecturers from different universities and subjects showed a lively interest in the topics of peace and conflict. They enriched this with many examples taken from their everyday lives. Their development of own ideas demonstrated how quickly they could adapt the topics for practical use.

“…I want to congratulate you on the very successful training module that you coached to us in Cairo. I cannot find enough words to thank you and your dear colleague for the wonderful effort you have shared with us. I became familiar with new scientific perspectives. ” Prof. Malak Shaheen, seminar participant

Peace education as a contribution to conflict transformation

The role of education in general and of peace education in particular is becoming increasingly important in the context of violence prevention and peacebuilding in post-conflict societies and in development cooperation. Challenges, ranges of topics, target groups and approaches are diverse and require a great deal of expertise, methodological knowledge, and empathy. The training provides an introduction to the current status of peace education.

“The trainers began the course with brief exercises that created a comfortable atmosphere right from the start. This formed the basis for trustful and reflective communication and participants engaged in animated exchange about their experiences and plans for training projects.” Inga Neu, particpiant in Peace education as a contribution to conflict transformation training

Witnessing peace work in fragile contexts - Simulating a practical project

In 2014, upon request by the students of the master’s programme “Intercultural Conflict Management” at the Alice Salomon University in Berlin, Steps for Peace organised a three-day seminar in English in order to give them insights into practical peace work in fragile situations. To this end, we developed a simulation of the opening of a school in Afghanistan, which we conducted and subsequently jointly evaluated with about 20 students. This simulation was able to tangibly demonstrate the often hidden and contradicting interests of the actors involved. The evaluation was full of a number of surprises for the students.

In 2014, I took part in a Steps for Peace workshop as part of my master's degree in conflict management. The simulation was a remarkably engaging and practically rewarding experience, with a very high degree of realism involved in the choices we as participants faced. Many thanks for a very fruitful and relevant learning experience - highly recommended to all students of peace and conflict.” Jesper Lemke, simulation participant