Nataly Sarmiento Eljadue, Advisor, High Council for Post-Conflict, Human Rights and Security within the Presidency of Colombia.
"The DwP Course was absolutely opportune, appropriate and useful both for my professional and personal development. The contents and methodology were well thought-out and the course was very enriching conceptually and in practical terms. Given my line of work, I greatly appreciate having had the opportunity to reflect on innovative approaches to complex issues such as truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence in situations of ongoing armed conflict and in post-conflict scenarios. What I valued most about the course was the opportunity to exchange experiences with other participants as a great way to visualize how the pillars of DwP take different forms in the field. Together, we could reflect on each other’s lessons learned, exchange best practices and share different ways to overcome challenges." (Alumna 2016)
Isabelle Tschan, Programme Specialist, Human Rights and Rule of Law, United Nations Development Programme
"I found this course very special and extremely useful for my professional engagement in transitional justice and dealing with the past in development contexts. I particularly liked the design and conceptualization of the course, which allowed me to learn from highly professional resource persons as well as through discussions and team exercises with very inspiring and dedicated participants from various backgrounds and regions of the world. It was a very enriching experience to learn from their first-hand experience. I enjoyed exchanges during formal sessions and I also appreciated that so much time was given outside the programme for informal discussions. Highly recommended course!" (Alumna 2016)
Carole Frampton-de Tscharner, Director of Operations, Justice Rapid Response
"This was by far the best course I have ever attended. It was extremely helpful and relevant to me professionally as well as deeply inspiring on a personal level. The program had been very carefully thought through, allowing us to explore the different concepts with a variety of activities and direct examples. But it is the diversity and quality of both the participants and the training team that made it exceptional, thank you." (Alumna 2015)
Lejla Mamut, Conflict Related Sexual Violence Coordinator, UN Women
"The love and the incredible efforts put into the course changed a very important period in my personal and professional life. I was hit by the huge amount of dedication and felt inspired from the course organizers and other participants to continue my fight for the respect of rights of war survivors, in a country where there is striking standstill. I was taken back to the essence of my engagement and reminded why it is important. Having met individuals who have the same struggles in their own countries, I was left speechless from the beautiful energy and strong determination that they have." (Alumna 2014)
Lisa Magarrell, Senior Program Advisor, International Center for Transitional Justice
"For me, one of the best things about the course is the mix of activists, government officials and foreign service professionals who attended the course and the opportunity to discuss some of the most challenging issues on the ground in dealing with the past. The course is not a place for passive learning but one where, as a resource person myself, I was pressed to grapple with the shortcomings as well as the small successes that mark the road toward justice and dignity for victims of massive abuses. That shared aim and diverse experience of the gathering made for a lively and challenging debate each day of the course." (Resource Person 2012)
Goran Bubalo, Project Director, Catholic Relief Services, BiH
"The course was well designed and planned in all of its aspects, with lecturers, facilitators and participants, but also the logistics were just excellent. What we have learnt we are already replicating in our daily work in country and regional activities on dealing with the past and more generally in peacebuilding work. This course planted the seeds that are most important to the world’s future, and it is our responsibility to continue to create an environment for these seeds to be nourished and grow." (Alumnus 2012)
Samia Kamoun, Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Tunisia
"It was a precious opportunity to participate in the course and I was impressed by the high quality of resource persons and participants. It was a really enriching and instructive experience to discuss and exchange on dwp mechanisms, challenges and dilemmas with people from all over the world. The content of the course was well thought through and conceptualised. The diversified, original and also lovely pedagogical methods facilitated the transmission of knowledge and experiences. What we learned is useful and applicable in the transitional justice process that we try to implement in Tunisia in the near future." (Alumna 2012)
Fernando Travesí Sanz, Director UNDP Transitional Justice Basket Fund, Colombia
"It’s been a great opportunity to think, discuss, learn, exchange and reflect on these complicate and sensitive issues we work with. An enriching and instructive experience, and very useful to approach the big dilemmas and contradictions we face in the field when working with the rights of victims to Justice, Truth and Reparation. I think it’s an excellent course, thoroughly designed and very carefully organized driven and lead by an excellent group of professionals. In addition, it’s been also a luxury to be able to do so in such a beautiful environment and with people coming from such different corners of the world. I thank and congratulate the team for all." (Alumnus 2012)
Justice Richard J. Goldstone
"It was a privilege to have joined Mô Bleeker and Jonathan Sisson as a resource person for the above-mentioned course. In my opinion the course was extremely well thought out and implemented. The participants were all well-chosen and committed themselves to participating fully in a demanding programme.
From my interaction and discussions with the participants I was left in no doubt that they learned much and that they will find the knowledge and insights they gained to be useful and of practical value in their work in their respective home countries. I would add that the programme was imaginative and enjoyable apart from being highly professional.
The facilitator, Jeremy Condor, and the support staff were both efficient and friendly and helped Mô Bleeker and Jonathan Sisson to create an atmosphere that was conducive to the success of the project. I warmly commend them all." (Resource Person 2010/2011)
Sakibe Jashari, Programme Officer, Regional Peacebuilding Office, Embassy of Switzerland, Kosovo
"It was an enriching experience to be part of the DwP course 2011. Participants, organizers and resource persons were real assets for my knowledge on this very complex and sensitive theme of Dealing with the Past, a theme that is emerging in my country - Kosovo. I was overwhelmed with the quality of the course and the quality of the people contributing to the course during the two weeks’ time. With the presence of people from different parts of the globe and different profiles, I felt that I was surrounded with composition of the world’s best diversity. It was great to know each and every person in the course and hope to continue sharing and exchanging what we learned in the practice and in the community." (Alumna 2011)
Franziska Koller, Deputy Head of Department Africa/Latin America, Caritas Switzerland
"swisspeace and the FDFA invited experts with deep practical and theoretical experiences and who applied and reflected their DwP know-how on different contexts and settings. The course was thematically well focused with multifaceted approaches to Dealing with the Past. I appreciated the diversity of backgrounds of the participants both in contextual as well as organisational regard. I was impressed by the high quality of the whole course, the nuanced discussions and it was impressive how this DwP course on the one hand reached a topical profundity and on the other hand reflected the past of several contexts in a very differentiated way." (Alumna 2011)
Mari Christine Fitzduff, Professor at Brandeis College, Boston
"I think the course was very well organised, and the choice of the participants very apt for this particular course - they were mostly in situations where what they learned could be applied in their near-future, which is always an excellent context for learning.
In terms of content, I found all of the inputs lively, experience based, and relevant. I thought the artisan workshops were an excellent method of learning, and I very much enjoyed the ones I attended." (Resource Person 2010)
Christian Edmond Pout, Diplomat, Cameroon
"I was impressed by the conceptualisation of the course, especially how the core team settled the transmission of knowledge and know how to the trainee. I really appreciated the bright and elegant way this objective was addressed. I was also very satisfied and impressed by the quality, simplicity, humility and open-minded nature of the experts." (Alumnus 2010)
Kopila Adhikari, Deputy Director Advocacy Forum, Nepal
"This year we are planning to organize a workshop for government representatives and other stakeholders in different areas of Nepal about TJ/ DwP. I will serve as a resource person in the program, consisting of 8 different workshops for government people. The training helped me to do my work on this issue here." (Alumna 2010)
Miguel Alvarez-Gandara, President SERAPAZ, Mexico
"The DwP Course was of high quality and richness, emphasising the great importance that DwP means for rights, justice and dignity. Actually, we are promoting the concepts and tools in the four social conflicts we are acting. Thanks to my participation in the Course, Serapaz and myself are improving the strategical approach and service to peace and conflict transformation." (Alumnus 2010)