International Consultants for Peace Initiatives


GSPIA students will partner with Daya, an Indian peace building NGO, to gain practical skills in designing and implementing projects that promote peace and reconciliation in India. This would provide Daya with the opportunity to tap into the talent, latest trends, and human resources of GSPIA.


Provide opportunities for GSPIA students to apply skills and knowledge in the field by collaborating with an NGO in order to promote peace.

What is Daya?

Daya Center for Peace is an NGO based in Hyderabad India working for peace and conflict transformation. The staff of Daya have extensive training and a long history of working with an extensive network of partners from all over India. They have built up the trust and respect necessary to do peace building work in conflict affected regions of India. Although the staff of Daya have a long history of working for peace in the region, Daya as an organization, is young, understaffed and underfunded which provides a great opportunity for GSPIA students who are learning to create and manage NGOs to put into action the skills and knowledge they gain in the classroom.

Past Events:

GSPIA Peace Building Conference 2012

12:00-3:00 p.m.
Keynote Address and Discussion
Varghese Chakkummootil, Founder of Daya Center for Peace

Varghese Chakkummootil, Founder of Daya Center for Peace, will share his experience building peace in some of the most conflict-torn regions of the world. He will speak about peace initiatives that focus on building relationships and breaking cycles of violence, which can be used locally and internationally. A panel of GSPIA faculty will respond. Lunch will be served.

Lower Lounge – William Pitt Union
12:00-3:00 p.m.
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Conflict Transformation Skills Workshop
Friday & Saturday October 26-27
Conference Room A – University Club

Varghese Chakkummootil and Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, skilled peace-building facilitators, will lead a participatory workshop in building practical skills to transform personal, organizational, and ethnic conflicts. Individually they have trained thousands of people in conflict transformation skills that go beyond simply resolving conflict to ending violence and building a culture of peace. Workshop modules will teach participants to analyze conflict, deal with power dynamics, and build a repertoire of skills to bring communities together. (Modules can stand alone.)

Module 1:
Conflict Analysis: Techniques for Reaching the Root of the Problem
Friday 2:00–4:30 p.m. October 26, 2012
Module 2:
Power Dynamics: Working with and Confronting Power
Saturday 9:00am–12:00 p.m. October 27, 2012
Module 3A:
Skills for Transforming Conflict: Ending Violence and Building a Culture of Peace

Module 3B:
Mediation and Negotiation: Getting to Yes

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