CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

Simulation Game Development - solving socio-environmental conflicts in the Bolivian Lowlands

In cooperation with Civil Peace Service (CPS) we aim to contribute to Bolivia’s efforts in promoting sustainable and peaceful management of environmental land and resource conflicts by supplementing GIZ Bolivia’s training course on transformation of socio-environmental conflicts with a simulation game. 

The Civil Peace Service (CPS) provides project funds and works with international and local experts and with local partner organizations. The program supports people in the Bolivian lowlands in their efforts to promote dialogue, human rights and peace. Conflict sensitivity and impartiality are crucially important. The activities focus on changing people’s attitudes, behaviors and relationships, which all have an influence on structures and institutions and on the culture of conflict in Bolivian society.

In this framework, CRISP develops a simulation game and trains local facilitators in the method who then conduct the game on the ground. 

Duration:

01.07.2020 - 30.11.2020

Locations:

La Paz, Bolivia 

Participants:

12-20 local trainers that are prepared to implement the simulation game.

Project Goals


The simulation game will provide the participants with the adequate space to test those skills they have been introduced to before. These are in particular (by module): 
-    Role and Impact of a mediator (self-reflection) 
-    Understanding the context of social-environmental conflicts on national and international level. 
-    Conflict Analysis (Methods (PINT, Mapeos, others)
-    Theoretical Background
-    Planning/developing interventions
-    Understanding the processes of dialogue - Training in Communication Skills
-    How to overcome “power-gaps” in socio-environmental conflicts
-    Strategies of multi-actor-conflict-transformation
-    Intervention Strategies
-    Presentation of Final Results (by participants)

Due to their participation in a Training-of-Trainers, local facilitators will gain all the tools to conduct and evaluate the simulation game on a wider scale This paves the way for an optimized learning experience of the final beneficiaries: 

In the end, participants gained the opportunity to practice their skills and knowledge in a safe environment and solidify their abilities. The beneficiaries get a better feeling for conflict dynamics and structures and how they manifest in interpersonal relationships. The simulated conflict environment intensifies this experience and prepares the beneficiaries for their tasks as conflict mediators in the field. 

Target Groups

The simulation game will be tailor-made for the local pragramm Diplomado en Transformación de Conflictos Socioambientales. So students have an innovative an d powerful method to test their skills and get best possible prepared for the challenges they face on the ground.

Therefore, we will train 12 – 20 Bolivian Civil Peace Trainers to use the developed simulation game adequately.