Water Conflict Management I, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 days
  • English (schedule IELTS)
The Water Conflict Management I short course from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education introduces the basic concepts of water cooperation, conflict prevention and mitigation and provides in-depth skills training. Furthermore, contemporary issues related to transboundary water conflict will be discussed with invited speakers in the field of water governance and conflict resolution.


The Water Conflict Management I short course is offered by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and  jointly offered with UNESCO-IHP-WWAP's programme ‘From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential (PCCP).

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  • Explain, discuss and analyze the basic concepts of conflict management and conflicts related to water.
  • Critically analyse cases of water sharing and use among different actors at different levels and from different sectors, from a conflict and cooperation perspective.
  • Identify, explain and analyse the elements of a conflict transformation process applied to the management of a water conflict, and prepare, organise and engage in them as a party and as the process leader.
  • Identify, explain and analyse the elements of a mediation process applied to the management of a water conflict, and prepare, organise and engage in them as a party and as a mediator.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This short course will introduce the basic concepts of negotiation processes, determinants of conflict behavior, conflict situations and handling modes as well as methods of effective negotiation; assessments of personal negotiating styles; it will also emphasize the importance of communication. The role of the negotiator and the qualities and responsibilities of a good negotiator will be highlighted.

The short course will include the following components:

  • Introduction to Negotiation Processes.
  • Cases of Water Negotiations.
  • Internal and External Negotiations on Water Management.
  • Multilateral Interstate Negotiations on Disasters.
  • Roles of Culture and Power.
  • Implementation of Agreements.
  • Case studies of major water and environmental disputes.
  • Simulation of a local and/or regional conflict.
The course provides a good mix of theory and practice, with sufficient attention on skills training. Lectures are combined with exercises and simulation games.


This course is designed for current and future water managers, decision-makers and others involved in Integrated Water Resources Management.


Zaki Shubber, Lecturer in Law and Water Diplomacy

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Participants need to have a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. economics, social sciences, law, engineering, biology) and preferably several years of relevant working experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
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Living costs for Delft

  • 780 - 1160 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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