Diploma in Peace and Development Studies

Course Overview

There is no single way of understanding peace – there are as many ways of making peace as there are diverse people and cultures. Sustainable development is threatened by insecurity and violence, encouraging wider engagement in the fields of peace and development in working to build stability and resilience. The course investigates debates about the origins and nature of conflict and explores a range of approaches to conflict resolution. Contemporary cases of conflict and responses to these are examined, as are the connections between peacebuilding and development. Participants will further examine theories of economic and political development and explore contemporary strategies and practices of development.

This programme introduces participants to key debates about conflict resolution, peacebuilding and processes of economic and political development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

Course Modules:

  • Theorizing Development
  • Civilian Protection
  • Security, conflicts and development
  • Developing and managing projects
  • Conflict studies
  • Conflict Resolution: Models and Applications
  • Social and Cultural Dimensions of Conflict and Peace
  • Gender conflict and development
  • Natural resources conflict
  • Power and Politics
  • Migration, refugees and Conflict
  • Peace and Disarmament
  • Disaster management
  • Dissertation


There are four assignments (continuous assessment tests), a research paper and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments account for 40%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 30% of the mark. Upon completion of the course, you shall be issued a Diploma Certificate and a course transcript.

Certificate and Transcripts will be sent after the successful completion of the course.

Organizers: Action Institute For Professional Studies

Course Duration: 6 months

Language: English

Target Audience: Global

Format: Online and Distance Learning 


Email: info@actionafricainstitute.org

Website: www.actionafricainstitute.org

Tel no: +254 727 616 783

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