Certificate Training “Climate Change & Conflict”

Date: 4 – 7 October 2022
Application deadline: 7 August 2022
Venue: Tashkent, Uzbekistan (in person)

About the training
The Certificate Training “Climate Change & Conflict” will provide participants a comprehensive insight into the impact of climate change on the Central Asian region with a special focus on its impact on (societal) conflict lines. Central Asia is one the most vulnerable regions to climate change in the world. The training will combine academic inputs with sessions from the field of conflict studies, giving the chance to the participants to identify and analyze potential conflicts arising from the impact of climate change in their country's contexts and the region as a whole. The methodological approach of the training will include a simulation game focusing on inclusive decision-making processes in the planning and execution of adaptation and mitigation measures in affected areas.

Trainers and organizers

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is a public foundation that promotes regional cooperation, conflict prevention, and good governance in wider Central Asia through postgraduate education, professional training, and intellectual exchange. The Academy offers MA degree programs in Economic Governance and Development and Politics and Security provides experts training and conducts demand-driven research.

CRISP is an organization based in Berlin, Germany. It is one of the few organizations worldwide that develops and applies the method of simulation-gaming to the fields of conflict transformation, civic education, and citizen participation. Geographical areas of intervention are the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Western Balkans, MENA Region, and the EU. More information: www.crisp-berlin.org

Oliver Wiechmann is working as an international consultant, trainer, and project manager at CRISP. Apart from coordinating long-term projects in the field of conflict transformation and civic participation he regularly holds training seminars for governmental and non-governmental institutions, including the German Federal Foreign Office, OSCE, or GIZ. He is a board member of the German Platform for Civic Conflict Transformation.

Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov received his PhD from School of Economics and Business at Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He obtained his Master's degree from University of Birmingham, the United Kingdom. Rahat served as an author for Intergovernmental Platform for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment Report. Rahat’s research interests include environmental economics, ecosystem services, natural capital, and natural resource management. Dr. Sabyrbekov teaches Economics and Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources course at the OSCE Academy.

Language of the training: English
Costs: Free of charge; travel, accommodation, and meals are covered by the program

  • Junior and mid-level professionals from civil society, NGOs, and governmental organizations from five Central Asian republics, Afghanistan and Mongolia;
  • Researchers, activists, and experts from these countries are also eligible to apply;
  • Completed BA or MA degree in Social Sciences or other related fields;
  • Be motivated and ready to dedicate 4 full days to intensive training (attending lectures, participating in all assignments in mornings, afternoons, and some evenings).

The deadline for submission of the documents is 7 August 2022

How to apply
If interested in applying for the training, please send the following documents as a single PDF document named with your name and citizenship (E.g: KanykeiTemirbekovaKyrgyzstan) to Kanykei Temirbekova, Research, and Training Assistant: training@osce-academy.net with the subject line Training in Climate change and Conflict.

  • CV (in English), no more than 2 pages;
  • Letter of interest explaining how this training would benefit your professional or academic career (in English and not more than 600 words). In the letter of interest, please indicate your citizenship and gender for the record.

Please also submit:
a short 2-minute video of yourself recounting a conflict situation you encountered and what you did to resolve it. Please note that we ONLY accept full applications submitted before the deadline.

Selection and timeline
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the end of August 2022.

For more details please visit OSCE Academy web-site.