The WPS partnership supports efforts of local and global actors to prevent, mitigate or adapt to water-related security risks, and to increase cooperation and peacebuilding efforts. In order to take effective, conflict-sensitive action, actors require a sound understanding of the linkages between water-related challenges, insecurity and conflict. They must also understand human responses to these challenges, as well as potential interventions for mitigating or adapting to these impacts.


Water, Peace and Security analysis with experts during WPS training in the Hague (2019).

 As part of the innovative tools and services that help identify and address water-related security risks, the WPS partnership offers a variety of training modules. These custom learning programmes, designed by WPS, are based on an integrated approach.


Tailor-made learning

The WPS partnership's tailor-made learning programmes provide an interdisciplinary, hands-on experience that is relevant for the professional or personal environment of participants that represent the 4D community: diplomacy, defence, development, and disaster response. They combine modules on understanding and analysing the linkages between water-related challenges and human responses to those challenges, including modules focusing on intervention options where specific circumstances could lead to instability and conflict. Case studies are selected based on the specific needs and interests of the participants to ensure direct relevance to their everyday work.

The trainings can be enriched through online courses, webinars, coaching and/or homework that can be adapted in depth, length and methods, and are delivered at an agreed location. The activities are designed to support participants in reaching clear learning goals within a dedicated timeframe, and to address the needs of adult learners. Specific attention is given to active and self-directed learning.

The learning modules are designed for professionals in the 4D community who are actively involved in decision-making on interventions that have an impact on water resources in fragile areas. The WPS partnership makes a special effort to engage and empower women, youth and people from affected regions to take an active role in the WPS development process.

Core Training Tracks

There are currently two core training tracks:

  1. Water, peace and security skills for diplomats and policy makers with modules on:
    • Key concepts and challenges: Focuses on identification and critical discussion of possible relationships between water-related risks, human insecurity and conflict.
    • Quantitative and qualitative approaches: Provides tools and skills to analyse relationships between water-related risks, human insecurity and conflict, from global hotspot identification to local water and conflict analysis, including:
      • Using the global tool
      • Hydrological analysis and exploring human responses
    • Methodologies: Focuses on methods for conflict analysis, conflict resolution and conflict-sensitive planning.
    • Participatory processes: Develops skills in negotiation and planning in order to create conflict-sensitive, sustainable solutions. Case studies and research on conflict, conflict sensitivity and potential interventions are explored, and serious gaming methods are utilized.
  2. Information and skills for national or local water-related security challenges: This track is based on water, peace and security skills for diplomats and policy makers. WPS tools and learning activities are customized for each specific case, and include group model building, analysis (stakeholder, conflict, water, food, energy, environment) and conflict sensitivity.

Training and workshops may be used as an opportunity to open a dialogue with or provide a safe space for national and local partners to jointly explore different scenarios.

The WPS partnership is committed to sharing relevant new insights with our growing community of practice. This will be done by publishing articles and policy briefs on relevant topics, as well as through the development of online courses.