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The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) is a field-wide effort to address the unique challenges of measuring results and learning from peacebuilding programs. The consortium includes the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps, and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The PEC convenes donors, scholars, policymakers, local and international practitioners, and evaluation experts in unprecedented open dialogue, exchange, and joint learning.
Author, Copyright Holder: Milt Lauenstein
This blog was originally published on Inside Philanthropy and published on DME for Peace with the permission of the author. Read the original post here (link is external).
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
Target 16.7: “Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.”
Indicator 16.7.2: “Proportion of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability and population group.”
The peacebuilding, development, and human rights fields have engineered powerful, effective tools to reduce violence, spanning the full conflict spectrum from prevention through reconstruction.
In the humanitarian sector children are often simply seen as the recipients of assistance designed by others, rather than as agents of change who can help shape how their needs are responded to. In my experience it is quite rare, especially in a conflict affected country, that aid organisations ask children directly what their problems are and what change they want to see – let alone deliver it in a way which involves children.
Author, Copyright Holder: Rainah Umlauf
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by Lila O'Brien-Milne
This practical Guide contributes to learning and growth of education for peacebuilding by focusing on key elements of program design, monitoring, and evaluation (DM&E) for education interventions with peacebuilding aims in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Presenting critical information, practical tips, resources and tools for all stages in program cycles, and emerging practices and lessons learned from the field, including those arising from the UNICEF Learning for Peace program.
Author, Copyright Holder: Ella Duncan, DME for Peace
It seems just about every peacebuilding INGO and funder is talking the talk on collaboration and participatory methods these days, but what about walking the walk? A recent 3M evaluation (multi-agency, multi-country, multi-donor) in Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Nepal holds many lessons for how to walk the walk of collaboration and participation with children and youth in peacebuilding evaluation.
The status-quo around survey design needs to change. Too often, data analysis is an afterthought to learning and evaluation processes; survey designs are disconnected from the end goals of analysis. Data analysis is not considered until the data is compiled, and someone who has been completely disconnected from the planning and design process of the project is—all of a sudden—responsible for its analysis.
The technological advances that facilitate our daily communication and organisation requirements have triggered hopes about their applicability in challenging circumstances, such as crisis or conflict situations. The world wide web and especially mobile phone networks are not any more reserved for higher-income countries but these technologies are today available in most of the world’s countries, including regions in which humanitarian, development and peacebuilding workers operate, constantly seeking new tools and instruments that help them master their challenging tasks (Smith et al.
In this blog, Gabrielle Solanet of Search for Common Ground introduces the reader to FrontlineSMS technology and how SFCG is using it in Africa to monitor and strengthen media programs, and track incidences of conflict.
WHAT IS A CONFLICT SCAN ?
Violent conflict is not static. While changing political, social, economic and cultural circumstances impact its dynamics in the long run, more immediate events - a sudden change in local leadership, a series of protests, an accident, or even the passing of the seasons - impress a new direction on the evolution of conflict on a regular basis. For us, understanding how to respond to these short-term challenges is as vital as strategizing around the overarching sociopolitical themes.
Created By Conor Mc Gale - 12/16/2014
Author, Copyright Holder: Conor Mc Gale
Border Lives is a storytelling project that successfully utilized ethical storytelling principles to capture the experiences of people living along the border region of Northern Ireland, home to one of the most deeply entrenched conflicts in western European history. In this blog Border Lives’ Project Manager Conor Mc Gale shares the project’s process for ethical storytelling.
What is Border Lives?