Internationally, organizations responding to conflict - both the military and civil societies - have started to apply learning methodologies to prepare for the increasingly complex task of humanitarian assistance. In this nascent field, Pax Warrior is breaking new ground. Pax Warrior can be used by organizations seeking to train and educate aid workers. But don't just take our word for it, read what trainers in the humanitarian community have to say about Pax Warrior.

Building skills to manage humanitarian emergencies

"Humanitarian aid work is about managing dilemmas and Pax Warrior is quite a powerful mechanism for placing the user right into the middle of the dilemmas that arose during those months in 1994. The user is asked to make decisions based on incomplete information. This is highly realistic, and in fact is experienced by aid workers in every humanitarian agency in every country on a daily basis. Moreover, the use of cutting edge media design ensures that Pax Warrior is engaging from the start, and contributes to enhanced knowledge, skills and attitudes which are directly relevant to modern day humanitarian action."

Sean Lowrie, independent consultant specializing in training within the humanitarian community.

Sean was recruited to help the humanitarian community improve its performance as the Training Manager for the Sphere Project.

The Sphere Project is an interagency standards initiative, based on a broad consensus amongst the leading humanitarian agencies, to raise the quality and accountability of disaster response work.

Realistic conflict scenarios

"Our support for this project is based on the determination that, once developed to its full potential, Pax Warrior will be a powerful training tool for peace-keepers, humanitarian workers and civil/political affairs officials preparing for deployment to conflict situations. By providing an experience which approximates the complex context and difficult decisions which practitioners face, Pax Warrior would also prove valuable to agencies seeking to educate target audiences (e.g. high schools, conflict resolution practitioners, etc) about the complexities of conflict situations. By providing access to voices of the victims, Pax Warrior makes clear what is at stake in this work and humanizes a subject that is otherwise quite alien to anyone who has not experienced it, particularly those of us living in the global North."

Mark Beaumont Taylor is the Deputy Managing Director of the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (Fafo AIS), Oslo.

Fafo's New Security Programme (NSP) continues the work of the five-year Programme for International Co-operation and Conflict Resolution (PICCR), that ended on December 31, 2003. NSP will carry on PICCR policy and research projects related to peace operations and international responses to civil wars.

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