«Providing advanced training, research

and technical assistance to improve the impact

of conflict management and development actions»

ITPCM’s core mission.


Violent conflicts and complex emergencies are among the most complex challenges the international community is currently facing. As war-making and the maps of organised crime change, the way in which States, International Organisations and civil society networks intervene changes as well. The painful lessons learned in intractable scenarios such as Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan, Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Balkans, as well as the mounting threats posed by international terrorism, have spurred new thinking on the risk of disregarding communities and societies prone to structural instability and acute social vulnerability. At the same time, the need of favouring conflict prevention and virtous cycles of pacification and human development, has to face the difficulties of defining and implementing the strategies these scenarios call for in order to reduce the risk of the recurrence of violence. No standard formula appears to exist, and the lessons acquired have to undergo a constant process of re-thinking and adaptation according to the unique challenges and opportunities that each scenario poses. However, experience shows that democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and human development are the key features of any sustainable strategy for conflict prevention and management.


Against this background, the ITPCM’s mission is, on the one hand, to enhance international expertise for the peaceful management of conflicts and, on the other, to contribute to the development of political, socio-economic and cultural strategies for a lasting peace. In particular, the core ITPCM’s mission consists in providing advanced training, research and technical assistance to improve the impact of conflict management and development actions.

To this end, we offer a wide range of activities to our clients.


To guarantee the quality and appropriateness of our training initiatives, we are committed to implementing our activities according to our four core principles:

  • sound research and analysis as the basis of any action;
  • customer tailored approach informing the desing of any activity;
  • partnership with the relevant international and national actors to guarantee institutional learning, information sharing and appropriateness of the single action for the specific scenario;
  • rigorous monitoring and evaluation as an integral part of any action undertaken.

Moreover, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the ITPCM are firmly committed to a policy of non-discrimination against any person on the basis of sex, age, race, colour, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, ethnicity, physical disability, sexual orientation or any other status.