Training Guides

Karuna Center peacebuilding practitioners have worked around the world, developing and implementing sustainable strategies for conflict transformation. In offering these training guides, we invite the reader into the philosophy behind these peacebuilding efforts, as well as share the details of workshop designs, the contexts in which they took place, and useful materials for the tasks of teaching and learning. 

The tools for peacebuilding need to be disseminated widely, so that skills for transforming conflict can be taught worldwide to current and future generations. All of these guides are offered freely.

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PEACEBUILDING IN DIVIDED COMMUNITIES: Karuna Center’s Approach to Peacebuilding (2012)

english version

What’s Inside the Training Guide:

Chapter 1 – Conflict Analysis
Chapter 2 – Peacebuilding Interventions
Chapter 3 – Intercommunal Dialogue
Chapter 4 – Social Healing, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness
Chapter 5 – Preparing Peacebuilding Facilitators: Training of Trainers
Chapter 6 – Creating Learning Communities for Peacebuilding in a Global Context
Training Tools – 47 Training Activities


Arabic version

What’s Inside the Training Guide:

Chapter 1 – Conflict Analysis
Chapter 2 – Peacebuilding Interventions
Chapter 3 – Intercommunal Dialogue
Chapter 4 – Social Healing, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness​
Training Tools – 43 Training Activities


COMMUNITY DIALOGUE HANDBOOK: A Guide for Facilitating Community Engagement (2018)

This handbook was developed as a component of the Seeds of Karuna project in Myanmar from 2016 to 2018. We extend our respect and gratitude to our local partners, without whom this handbook would not have been written. Organizational and individual names of authors and editors of this guide are currently redacted.

English, Burmese, Shan, and Kachin (Jingpaw) language versions are available.

Societal Transformation and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2020)

This manual was a joint project of the organizations that collaborated on the USAID-funded Societal Transformation and Reconciliation (STaR) project: Centar za Izgradnju Mira, Mali Koraci, PRONI Center for Youth Development, Youth Initiative for Human Rights, and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.


This toolkit and training guide was developed as a component of the Lifting Women’s Voices, Lifting Our Communities project in Madagascar.

English and French language versions are available.


This training guide was developed by the Karuna Center over the course of implementing a program of inter-­faith peacebuilding, titled Inter-­religious Cooperation for Community Development and Social Empowerment in Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts, and Padaviya Division. During this program, we partnered with Sri Lankan NGO, Sarvodaya, to work intensively with a core group of 80 Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian religious leaders and an additional 80 young religious committee members, offering peacebuilding trainings and intensive inter-faith dialogues aimed at promoting mutual understanding and reconciliation. The training exercises in this manual were essential to building the skills necessary to carry this work forward.

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