Figure 1 Number of ITPCM courses organised between 1995 and 2020
Since 1995, the activities of the ITPCM programme have been continuously expanding in number, scope and geographical target. During its first 25 years of activity, the ITPCM organised almost 350 courses: in Italy, at the premises of Scuola S. Anna, in Europe and in other continents, acquiring direct experience in Africa, South-East Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe, training more than 8.000 people.
Today, the ITPCM offers a wide range of courses, specifically designed to satisfy the different learning needs of its participants. The longest and most comprehensive ones are the Masters, such as the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management, which aims to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between Human Rights and conflict management theory and practice. Or such as the online Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA), developed in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) for current and aspiring election professionals. The MEPA is delivered entirely online on a dedicated platform, where all lessons and didactic materials are accessible 24/7. It is composed by 18 compulsory modules, focused on different electoral-related issues and it is designed to last one year. However, for those interested in covering only some specific parts of the programme, the possibility to attend only some courses is envisaged. At the moment, the MEPA is available in English, but the Arab edition will be launched in Autumn, while the French translation is currently in progress.
In addition to these programmes, the ITPCM organises a vast number of short courses of different kinds. In fact, depending on who is being trained and on what will be his/her mission, the structure of the trainings can, and should, be very different. As an example, while pre-deployment trainings are mission-specific courses, designed to provide international staff with all the tools necessary to take part in a given mission, basic/core courses are instead designed for those who are approaching a certain topic for the first time. As such, basic courses typically last between 1 and 3 weeks and aim at teaching participants the foundational knowledge and the skills that they will need to continue their studies. On the contrary, specialisation courses are, instead, designed for people that already possess at least a basic knowledge in a certain field, as they aim at helping them master it, often focusing on a certain topic, such as a specific branch of that area of study or a recent development in that field. Specialisation courses usually last more or less a week and can target both international and national staff. Finally, the type of courses called “Training of Trainers” or, more simply just “ToT”, is designed for people that already have a solid knowledge of a given matter. In fact, the aim of this peculiar kind of training consists in forging competent instructors, who will be capable, in turn, of teaching other people what they learned. This entails that a ToT course must provide its participants with an in-depth knowledge of a certain topic, from the substantial point of view. Furthermore, it must also teach them how to transmit this knowledge to others, focusing on effective communication techniques, teaching tools etc.
As an example of the latest courses organised by the ITPCM, it is possible to mention the series of workshops focused on electoral security and legislative drafting, organised in collaboration with Creative Associates International, for the staff of the Libyan High National Election Commission and Central Commission of Municipal Council Elections. More recently, instead, the ITPCM organised a training course for officers working on Human Rights, focused on International Standards for the Protection of Individuals and Groups, in partnership with the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.