Managing Conflict and Communication Training for Near East Foundation in Amman, Jordan
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) Director Catherine Gerard and Research Associate Professor Peter Castro traveled to Amman, Jordan from August 7-10, 2017 to conduct a four-day workshop, with one of the days devoted to field training, for staff members from the Near East Foundation offices in Jordan and Palestine. The workshop was funded by the Near East Foundation Olive Oil Without Borders III Project. the goal of which is to to promote reconciliation between Palestinians, Israelis and Jordanians by strengthening cross-border economic cooperation and promoting mutual understanding among farmers, industry leaders and Ministries of Agriculture in the olive sector. PARCC's role in the project is to provide orientation and training to Near East Foundation staff to build their capacity for using conflict management modules.
The focus of the training was to help staff communicate with farmers, mills owners and olive oil traders. They learned skills including; negotiation, facilitation,
problem-solving to know how to deal with the challenges and conflicts that they may face during the implementation of Olive Oil Without Borders Project. The group met with farmers and tried to apply the conflict analysis and have discussions with
them to understand more about the challenges they faced during the entire process of production of olive oil, starting from the harvesting to the pressing and finally to the export process.