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Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

simulations miscellany, 27 June 2013

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The graphic above is from Karl reMarks, a witty blog on Middle East politics and culture by Karl Sharro. The items below may also be of interest to PAXsims readers.

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Ellen E. Deason, Yael Efron, Ranse William Howell, Sanda Kaufman, Joel Lee, and Sharon Press have assembled their collective wisdom on debriefing simulations exercises in “Debriefing the Debrief”  (Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 202, April 2013).

The debriefing process is a critical element of simulation exercises, which are a common technique used in negotiation and mediation education. The debriefing step provides the opportunity for self- and group-reflection that enables students to turn a “game” into a learning experience. This chapter considers this aspect of negotiation pedagogy from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It emphasizes the importance of developing goals, not only for each exercise, but for each debrief. It outlines the characteristics of an effective debrief, contrasting an inductive approach with a deductive approach. Based on the authors’ experience in multiple teaching and training settings, the chapter identifies common challenges to debriefing and suggests ways to approach them, including ideas for designing debriefing structures. As an organizing technique, it provides a series of functional steps for conducting a debrief. The chapter concludes with a section on ideas for tailoring debriefing for the context of university education and executive workshops and for specific audiences based on the academic discipline, background of participants, native language, and culture.

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Coordination-meeting-at-the-OPM,-URCS-table---Simualtion,-kampala,-June-2013-300x226The Emergency Capacity Building Project provides a brief update from a multi-agency simulation held in Uganda earlier this month.

The simulation was supported by the ECB Project following a request from consortium partners in Uganda, including the Office of the Prime Minister and UN agencies.

The aims of the simulation were:

  • to test national coordination mechanisms
  • to test communication between stakeholders
  • to test capacity to respond to floods and landslides
  • to draw lessons that could support real life responses

Over forty participants attended the simulation, including representatives from UN agencies, INGOs and the Office of the Prime Minister. Following the simulation, a plan of action was agreed upon which addresses the areas identified during the event that need improvement.

 

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