About the API Conference
The Africa Peacebuilding Institute takes place over four week-long sessions and offers 7-course modules in total. One week will offer a foundational course and three weeks will offer a selection of modules from which to choose. Each module is 4.5 days in length, with Wednesday afternoons set aside for field excursions to enrich the API experience. No classes or formal events are scheduled over the weekends so that participants may travel, fellowship with the other peace practitioners, or venture to the local shops and sites.
Interested applicants should meet the following qualifications:
- Interest or experience in NGOs or community development, leadership or managerial positions, experienced peace practitioners or interested in the foundations of building peace;
- Minimum of two (2) years experience in the field of peace and/or development work;
- Compelling response was given to the application essay question "Statement of Intent";
- Willingness to sign and abide by the rules of the Ethical Statement; and
- Commitment to peace, non-violence and reconciliation.
Trips and other participatory activities out in the field are organized every Wednesday.
It is here that participants can connect classroom theory to real-world practice by example.
Entrance fees and transport for these trips are included and come at no additional cost to API guests.
The conference is held at Emseni Christian Centre.
Emseni offers affordable, unbeatable, comfortable accommodation & conference facilities in a beautiful garden setting with room for quiet & peaceful contemplation.
Emseni caters primarily for group functions providing overnight accommodation for 145 guests, in comfortable 1, 2 or 3 bed units with en-suite bathrooms.
Plot 61 B
Road No. 5 (Off Great North Road)
Benoni, South Africa
Travel and Lodging
Please consider the following information when applying to attend API. Additional advice regarding travel preparations will be provided to participants one month prior to the institute.
Participants attend a Graduation Ceremony after the final session of API. Graduates receive non-academic certificates which recognizes their participation in the institute.
In addition, they receive a USB flash drive with electronic copies of all the material they used at API in order to continue their peace training and share resources within their community. It is expected that, as alumni, they can train others in how to build peace. Sharing the materials without receiving training is not recommended.
Approximately six months after API, alumni are asked to share stories, testimonies and experiences of how they have applied their peace training in their life and workplace. This encourages alumni to continue to grow and learn peace-building long after they leave API.