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E-Learning Klassenunterricht / Internet basiertes Fernstudium

Distant Learning Course in Monrovia (DLCM)

Organizer: Bouwier Trust Foundation Switzerland

Target Group: The BTFS Team in Monrovia

Topic: Capacity Building for NGOs working in the Civil Society

Instruction Team: Dr Burkhard Luber and Local Instructors

Learning Approach: Inputs via study emails, online learning material and electronic communication during the course

Duration: One year with monthly learning cycle


Via email-based learning units, online learning material and online interaction among the instruction team and the course participants this course gives an introduction into the main topics of international conflict analysis and peace building and the work elements of NGOs in the civil society of Liberia. Thus, the course will consist of two major topic sections:

Course Section A will deal with:

  • How to understand international conflicts
  • The main elements of international peace building

Course Section B will deal with:

  • Work topics and intra-organizational challenges for NGOs as actors in the civil society
  • NGOs as partner for state agencies
  • Security and the rule of law as elements of NGO work

Learning Approach

The course inputs will be 12 written learning units by the instruction team (appr. 10 pages each) sent via electronic roundmails to the course participants (one in a month) combined with additional corresponding online material and accompanying communication among the course participants and the course instructors. The course inputs will contain introductory and explaining texts with emphasis on web site links upon which the course participants must make learning follow ups. Each course unit text will end up in some home work with which the participants can test their knowledge and learning progress. Parallel to the basic learning material of the course via emailing the participants will get additional online material (links) referring to the topics of the course sections A and B describes above.

What the participants will learn in this course

In Course Section A:

  • Main tools for analyzing international conflicts
  • Identifying the actors in international politics: States, multi-national corporation, NGOs
  • Addressing the topics of international conflicts (territory, ideology, power) and the factors de-stabilizing peace: The nuclear arms race, the dangerous militarization of society and culture, the international arms trade
  • The special problem of modern asymmetric warfare and civil wars
  • Elements of international peace building: Conflict de-escalation, disarmament, de-militarization, overcoming enemy images and win-lose thinking, tools for confidence building, approaches for sustainable peaceful post-war societies

In Course Section B:

  • Main elements for a sustainable civil society like democracy and human rights like financial transparency, anti-corruption mechanism, accountability schemes
  • The importance of security, constitution and law for the civil society
  • The main work focus of NGOs and how to achieve them in an effective and sustainable way: Democratic and efficient ways of intra-NGO communication, intra-organization problem solving tools, effective Public Relation strategies, fundraising aspects
  • The “How to Do It” for a cooperative interaction and communication between NGOs, state agencies and other actors of the civil society (like religion and economy) including confidence building between main actors of society and the security sector / police.

Technical Requirements 

  • Electronic device for sending and receiving emails and surfing in the internet (PC, notebook, tablet or smartphone) or alternatively via online access at NGO offices or academic institutions
  • Email Address
  • Smartphone number for communicating via WhatsApp software

Expectations for persons participating in the course

Committed focus on the course. Continuous daily working with the course units, especially addressing the web links in the instruction material and argeting the homework tasks. Active interaction in the course with other participants and the instruction team via emailing.




Participants having completed the whole course will get a certificate by BTFS

About the course instruction team:

Dr Burkhard Luber

MA in International Politics, PhD in Peace Research. Currently Academic Teacher for International Politics at various international universities. Member of the editors´ board of the international magazine “The Milieu”. Mentor at the NGO empowerment network “Wedu” in South East Asia.

Local Instructors based in Monrovia

Stephon Gilmore Jersey