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Facilitation Theory and Practice

The library resources in this guide support the course objectives for Facilitation Theory and Practice.

Required Reading

Useful articles and toolkits

  • Facilitator tool Kit: A guide for Helping groups get results. (n.d.) Retrieved from
    • The facilitator tool kit is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to tools, methods and techniques for assisting groups with planning and improvement projects and interactive meetings. Its clear, simple
      explanations and directions lead the reader through the selection and application of practical tools that have been tested with university groups.
  • Facilitator's Tool Kit (n.d.) Retrieved from
  • Introduction to Planning and Facilitating Effective Meetings. (n.d.) Retrieved from
    • For many organizations, meetings are a way of life. Clearly, making these meetings as productive as possible goes a long way toward increasing organizationalproductivity. This guidebook provides the basic techniques used by professionals for meeting planning and facilitation, and while facilitation is as much an art as a science, familiarity with these concepts can help even novice facilitators plan and bring about more effective meetings.
  • Mediation and Facilitation in Peace Processes (ISN). (n.d.) Retrieved from
    • This dossier focuses on the role of and potentialities for mediation and facilitation in peace processes in violent inter-group conflicts in countries such as Sudan, Nepal, Columbia, Mozambique, Angola, DR Congo, Guatemala, Indonesia and Burma to name but a few. It does not focus solely on track one intergovernmental mediation of peace agreements, but rather aims at a wider assessment of “mediations” and “facilitations” in peace processes, focusing on the multi-actor (IGOs, goverments, NGOs, internal and external actors), multi-phase (pre-negotiation, negotiation and implementation) and multi-topic (governance, justice, security, society and economy) dimension of today’s complex processes. The dossier’s focus is broader than pure track one mediation, yet narrower than peacebuilding and conflict resolution in general.