This course provides the participants with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for effective mediation in everyday disputes.

Course Overview

Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies (AAIPSDS) through its Professional Executive Programme on Mediation seeks to provide a platform for the development of a core of skilled, effective and efficient mediators who have a thorough grasp of the socio-cultural terrain in resolving conflicts at various levels within the African continent.
However, the myriad of conflicts in Africa and its’ attendant consequences on sustainable development calls for innovative and responsive mechanisms that would build the capacities of actors at various levels in order to effectively manage and resolve conflicts.
Indeed, there is a growing awareness that mediation, as an alternative mechanism for dispute resolution, has a strategic role to play in conflict resolution at various levels of the society. It is against this background that AAIPSDS is providing the opportunity for individuals, corporate organizations among others to develop their skills in this area.

Course Objectives

The overall objective of the course is to equip participants with the appropriate tools, skills and knowledge needed to start a career as a professional Mediator. However, the specific objectives are as follows:
  • Provide insight on the impact of cultural, ethnic and gender differences in conflict resolution.
  • Provide a sound knowledge base on conflict analysis models and its application in the processes of mediation.
  • Develop personal communication skills that are useful in mediating conflicts.
  • Develop and enhance the negotiation & mediation skills that are essential at the mediation table.
  • Provide insight on the legal framework in facilitating resolution of disputes.
  • Enhance the facilitation and problem-solving skills of participants in the processes of mediation.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for those aspiring to build a career in mediation and would be of interest to individuals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills towards a career transition in mediation practice. This course will satisfy the training needs of any of the following:
  • Arbitrators
  • Attorneys and lawyers
  • Independent consultants
  • Union representatives and labour relations professionals
  • HR professionals
  • Entrepreneurs who want to mediate
  • Recent graduates interested in becoming mediators/arbitrators.
  • Anyone looking to start their own practice as a mediation/dispute resolution professional.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, 12th September, 2023.

Payment Deadline

Friday, 15th September, 2023

Course Date

18th September - 22nd September 2023

Course Fees

150,000 Naira

Early Birds (10% Discount)

135,000 Naira

Early Birds Closes

Sunday, 3rd September, 2023

For Further Inquiry, please contact the following

08100091193 || 07058777951
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Teaching Methodology

This course will be intensely interactive and will be delivered through lectures, seminar presentations, problem solving and simulation sessions, tutorials and field visits. Digital learning materials such as power point presentations will also be used for teaching.

Course Module

The course will be delivered on a modular basis and will comprise of seven (7) overarching modules.


The faculty is drawn from experienced professionals in the field; civil society organizations, international agencies and the academia with a view to provide participants with a sound knowledge base, expertise and skills required to effectively confront the challenges of resolving and mediating conflict in Africa.


Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies, David Mark Road, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.

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Each participant shall be required to pay a course fee of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (₦150,000) only. The course is non-residential, and participants are expected to take care of their travel expenses. AAIPSDS will provide participants with tea/coffee and course materials during the training.
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