Internationally, organizations responding to conflict - both the
military and civil societies - have started to apply learning methodologies
to prepare for the increasingly complex task of humanitarian assistance.
In this nascent field, Pax Warrior is breaking new ground. Pax Warrior
can be used by organizations seeking to train and educate aid workers.
But don't just take our word for it, read what trainers in the humanitarian
community have to say about Pax Warrior.
Building skills to manage humanitarian emergencies
"Humanitarian aid work is about managing
dilemmas and Pax Warrior is quite a powerful mechanism for placing
the user right into the middle of the dilemmas that arose during
those months in 1994. The user is asked to make decisions based
on incomplete information. This is highly realistic, and in fact
is experienced by aid workers in every humanitarian agency in every
country on a daily basis. Moreover, the use of cutting edge media
design ensures that Pax Warrior is engaging from the start, and
contributes to enhanced knowledge, skills and attitudes which are
directly relevant to modern day humanitarian action."
Sean Lowrie, independent
consultant specializing in training within the humanitarian community.
Sean was recruited to help the humanitarian
community improve its performance as the Training Manager for the
Sphere Project. http://www.sphereproject.org
The Sphere Project is an interagency
standards initiative, based on a broad consensus amongst the leading
humanitarian agencies, to raise the quality and accountability of
disaster response work.
Realistic conflict scenarios
"Our support for this project is based on
the determination that, once developed to its full potential, Pax
Warrior will be a powerful training tool for peace-keepers, humanitarian
workers and civil/political affairs officials preparing for deployment
to conflict situations. By providing an experience which approximates
the complex context and difficult decisions which practitioners
face, Pax Warrior would also prove valuable to agencies seeking
to educate target audiences (e.g. high schools, conflict resolution
practitioners, etc) about the complexities of conflict situations.
By providing access to voices of the victims, Pax Warrior makes
clear what is at stake in this work and humanizes a subject that
is otherwise quite alien to anyone who has not experienced it, particularly
those of us living in the global North."
Mark Beaumont Taylor
is the Deputy Managing Director of the Fafo Institute for Applied
International Studies (Fafo AIS), Oslo. http://www.fafo.no/nsp/index.htm
Fafo's New Security Programme (NSP) continues
the work of the five-year Programme for International Co-operation
and Conflict Resolution (PICCR), that ended on December 31, 2003.
NSP will carry on PICCR policy and research projects related to
peace operations and international responses to civil wars.