Posted on 12/29/2019
Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) organized training workshop titled “Building & Promoting Narratives- Peace Building Advocacy, 2019” at Mirpur AJK on the 29th, December 2019. Around 28 students from Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) & Virtual University Mirpur AJK participated in the training workshop. Majority of the students who participated in the workshop are social activists and have a positive contribution in the uplifting of their communities. The main objective of the workshop was primarily aimed at building the capacity of the students and to enhance their understandings and perceptions about Leadership and change management. For this year, (2019 – 2020) KIIR intends to build upon the solid foundation it has established since 2013 by grooming the next generation of leaders. KIIR intends to develop the core capabilities of youth leaders & Migrant youth affiliated with different organisations and build the capacity to develop policies that can change the landscape of Kashmir conflict. These individuals are well placed in a variety of key government bodies, civil services and political parties allowing them to create change from within a relatively slow moving system. The program will consist of two components: Leadership & Change Management.
With leadership, we intend to focus on the following areas:
1. Fostering effective relationships
2. Understanding others (empathy)
3. Effective communication
4. Breaking down silos
Under change management, we want participants to learn the following:
1. Creating urgency
2. Involving people
3. Asking the right questions
4. Managing resistance
5. Creating small wins
A combination of skills under both these areas will help our second-tier leaders achieve measurable change when it comes to peacebuilding for Kashmir. These include:
• Guide them in developing new policies and frameworks that can ease tensions and work towards building lasting peace in Kashmir.
• Measure the number & results of new ideas, policies & frameworks being introduced now and after its implementation keeping in mind the inherent slowness of bureaucracy.