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Primary Course JFY 2023 for Non-Japanese Applicants

Acquiring Knowledge, Experience, Confidence, and Network

(※Applications closed)

Course Overview


Duration: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – Friday, February 16, 2024 (approximately 5 weeks)

*Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20 are optional.

Venue: Tokyo and Hiroshima City

Participation Fee: No fees charged for selected participants (Travel fees, travel insurance, accommodation fees and living expenses are covered through the program)

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 26, 2023 (9:00 am Japan Standard Time)

The designated 10 countries/ organizations from which applications are accepted for the Primary Course JFY2023 are: The Republic of Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Lebanon, the Republic of Haiti, Ukraine, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, and the African Union Commission (AUC). Please note that for AUC, the application process is not open to the public and depends on arrangements with AUC.


During the Coursework in Japan, the Primary Course provides seminars and workshops about peacebuilding and development. Throughout the Coursework, emphasis is put on interactions between facilitators and participants (Program Associates). Participatory approach that incorporates problem-based-learning tools is taken during the Coursework. The aim of the Coursework is to master a high-level of knowledge of peacebuilding and development. Through workshops, the participants will learn to apply the acquired knowledge to practice and to develop practical skills in the field of peacebuilding and development.


The participants will include around 12 Japanese Program Associates and 10 non-Japanese Program Associates. The working language for the course work is English. The Coursework will provide a conducive environment for learning about peacebuilding and development from one another through group work in multinational teams.


In the Coursework of the “Primary Course” implemented by Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC), the following three policies are the core pillars for management of the Course which emphasizes that the Course is focused on human resource development for peacebuilding and development of practitioners.


Firstly, the Primary Course aims to develop practical knowledge and skills of the participants. In accordance with the Program’s objective to develop experts in the fields of peacebuilding and development, the Coursework provides necessary knowledge, skills and experiences relevant to policy issues and other practical work in these fields.


Secondly, the Primary Course is designed to develop the “Competencies” of the participants. These Competencies are skills that are crucial in working for the United Nations and other international organizations. For example, exercising leadership effectively in a multinational team is highly regarded by international organizations and it is well-considered during the application process. The Coursework is designed in such a way that the participants will consciously improve the relevant Competencies.


Lastly, the Primary Course provides a valuable opportunity to build networks with experienced lecturers, practitioners and graduates of the Program, many of whom are Japanese nationals engaged in peacebuilding and development.


The Application Guidelines and Application Forms can be downloaded from this page.