The Centre runs bi-annual Senior Government Mediation Training Workshops that focus on high-level mediation in Africa and draw on the practitioner experience of the trainers. The workshops cover conflict analysis; designing and planning a mediation process; and mediation strategy and facilitation.


Women's Capacity Building Programme 

A Women’s Capacity Building Programme on Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation for 60 senior South African women leaders to be hosted from Saturday, 6 August 2016 to Wednesday, 10 August 2016.

The main objective of the Capacity Building Programme is to contribute to the development and capacity of a next generation of mediators, particularly women in DIRCO, among South African government and non-government organisations.  This training programme will only focus on women and will also coincide and conclude with the celebrations around the South Africa’s Women’s Day on 9 August 2016 and the celebrations around Women’s Month (August).  The Training Programme will furthermore contribute to the institutionalisation of conflict resolution, negotiations and mediation skills and would contribute to a repository and team of knowledgeable leaders that would support the role of political principals during mediation missions.  The Training Programme will also serve as a platform for networking and the sharing of best practice amongst senior diplomats.

CMA director Laurie Nathan


CMA presents international mediation skills workshop

In November 2013 the Centre’s trainers presented a five-day workshop as part of the programme on mediation, negotiations and constitution-drafting organised by the Diplomatic Academy of the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation.The course was attended by government officials from 18 African countries. At the end of the workshop the women participants proposed the establishment of an association of African women mediators. Planning is under way to form this association. The training programme can be viewed here.
Maud Dlomo, Deputy Director General, South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation
Welile Nhlapo, former National Security Adviser to the South African President
Chantal Niyokindi, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region



EAC Mediation and Preventive Diplomacy Training Workshop

27-31 May 2013 – CMA ran a second training workshop on Mediation and Preventive Diplomacy for the East African Community (EAC). Participants were senior officials of the member states and members of the EAC secretariat tasked with developing the EAC's mediation capacity as part of the new Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution Mechanism (CPMRM). A first exploratory workshop took place in December 2012. The workshop programme can be viewed here

SADC Mediation Training Workshop

In October 2012 the Centre ran a senior mediation training workshop in partnership with SADC. The aim was to enhance the expertise of SADC’s new mediation structures. The workshop participants included members of the SADC Panel of Elders, the Mediation Reference Group and the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation. The workshop programme can be viewed here.

Left: Andries Odendaal, Senior Associate of the CMA


Lopo Fortunato do Nascimento, former Prime Minister of Angola and member of the SADC Panel of Elders

Amos Midzi, former Zimbabwean Minister of Mines and Mining Development and member of the SADC Mediation Reference Group

Leonardo Simao, former Foreign Minister of Mozambique and member of the SADC Mediation Reference Group, and Laurie Nathan, Director of the CMA



Senior Government Mediation Training Workshop

The Centre hosted a Senior Government Mediation Training Workshop from 29 November to 1 December 2011.

"The workshop has opened my eyes to some of the issues we take for granted. I work for the government, which is an active player in mediation, and this workshop has helped me to see the role our government is taking and to consider all the many issues involved." – Francis Moloi, Department of International Relations and Cooperation

For more participant feedback, click here.

To download the workshop programme, click here.




Published by Mellissa Mlambo

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