Curriculum & Faculty

The Makerere University Rotary Peace Center offers an Advanced Certificate in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Development hosted by the Makerere University Peace and Conflict Studies Program (PCS). Our program takes an experiential and learner-centered approach that integrates theory, research and practice to provide learners with practical skills.

Is the professional development certificate program right for me?

The year-long blended-learning certificate program will emphasize issues and solutions that are of particular relevance throughout the African continent, and hands-on experience will complement coursework that addresses human rights, governance and media; the role of climate change; refugee migration and community cohesion.

The ideal candidate is a proven peace and development leader with at least five years of relevant work experience. Candidates need to come to the program with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the program region or their community, and have a clear vision of how the fellowship experience and network will help advance their peace work and increase their impact. After the program, candidates should be willing to share their own work and experience, staying in touch with peace fellows in the region and maintaining strong connections with Rotarians.

Social Change Initiative – Fellows leave the 10-week on-site course with their own action plan to implement new learning and ideas from the course, and to apply new leadership skills and a systems mindset to their social change initiative intended to promote peace and development.

 Fellows will be assigned academic mentors, as well as mentors from Rotary in Uganda for ongoing support during their course. Possible areas of focus included: Human rights and governance; Poverty and economic development; Inter-religious initiatives; Gender, women, and development; Public health; Refugees and social cohesion; Youth, conflict prevention and development; Resiliency building; Climate change; Natural resources and land governance; Media.

Field Studies

The program includes 2 weeks of field-based experiential learning trips that are an integral part of the teaching and learning approach of Makerere University and will be used to reinforce the academic and research component covered on-site at the University. The University will leverage its partnerships and networks with government, civil society, and international agencies to enrich the program

Site visits to peace initiatives. These include but are not limited to:  i) the Uganda American Friendship Centre located in Mayuge district, ii) The Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative Community engagement site located in Gulu district,  iii) MCJL Community peace outreach center located in Bwaise, Kampala, Community peace clinics in Northern Uganda and Gacaca court in Rwanda.

Site Visit to Mass Atrocities in Rwanda

Peace simulation session in Rwanda and Uganda

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