This page includes resources recommended by the EIAP Global Advisory Council, a group of inter-religious peacebuilding experts and practitioners, as well as new research publications produced by Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium Members as part of the EIAP Program. This is a resource page that we will continually update and add to, but you can also access additional resources in DME for Peace’s resource library available here.
New Research on Inter-Religious Peacebuilding
Throughout the EIAP project, AfP has engaged donors and policymakers to share principles for effective evaluation of inter-religious action, including how policies and donor practices can promote or inhibit inter-religious action in peacebuilding and development initiatives. This document provides a summary of the key learnings and findings gathered across the EIAP Project.
This policy brief summarizes overall findings from the EIAP Project on faith sensitive design, monitoring, and evaluation of inter-religious actions for peacebuilding. It provides key policy recommendations based upon these findings for policymakers, donors, implementers, practitioners, and evaluators.
This three-year initiative seeks to improve the evaluation practices of inter-religious peacebuilding programs by addressing three specific gaps in inter-religious peacebuilding efforts: measurement, cooperation, and policy. The goals of the EIAP are two-fold: 1) to generate guidance on how to evaluate inter-religious action, and 2) to develop a framework for ongoing learning regarding what constitutes effective inter-religious action. Before beginning to draft this Guide, the EIAP team engaged in comparison of documents and evaluation reports on inter-religious action programs and completed a thorough review of the relevant literature. The EIAP has also benefitted from active participation from a global Advisory Group composed of people deeply involved in inter-religious action work, including Amineh Hoti, Dishani Jayaweera, Myla Leguro, Richard Ndi Tanto, Sarah Bernstein, Shamsia Ramadhan, Somboon Chungprampree, Sumaye Hamza, Susan Hayward and Rick Love.
This report is part of the Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding Program (EIAP) created with support from the GHR Foundation. EIAP is a three-year initiative led by Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) in partnership with CDA Collaborative Learning and Search for Common Ground (SFCG). Driven by an interactive, and a whole of field process, EIAP involves key, diverse stakeholders representing all faiths to generate guidance on how to evaluate inter-religious action; and to develop a framework for ongoing work regarding what constitutes effective inter-religious action.
This meta-review of seven evaluations on inter-religious action was commissioned by CDA Collaborative Learning Projects as part of the PEC. It aims to understand what the current trends are in the evaluation of inter-religious action and to assess the quality of evaluations. It is designed to contribute to a larger effort undertaken by the AfP to 1) improve the evaluation of inter-religious action in support of peacebuilding; 2) understand what evidence exists on what is effective in inter-religious peacebuilding; and 3) build better evidence-based policy and practice. This review, in support of EIAP, is meant to enhance the evidence base for inter-religious action by emphasizing the need for robust independent evaluations and enhanced evaluative thinking in order to increase the use of evaluation for both accountability and learning.
There is very little research on professional evaluation of faith-based peacebuilding, despite the existence of a variety of efforts over centuries to promote peace within many faith traditions. Therefore, this briefing paper will first address pertinent concepts and principles related to belief in the supernatural that, to varying degrees, influence all faith-based actors. Secondly, it will address the application of these conceptions to evaluation practice. This will inform guidance for peacebuilders and evaluators, both religious and secular, working in faith-based contexts, which we refer to synonymously as “faith-based peacebuilding” or “religious peacebuilding.” Furthermore, the perspective presented can apply to both inter-religious and intra-religious peacebuilding. Intra-faith conflicts between different entities within one religion can also be deep rooted and equally intractable. Differences based on identity, authority structures and interpretation, can influence worldviews and faith-based practices like ritual, adding significantly to the complexity of a conflict.
This brief aims to contribute to the growing effort to learn, share and collaborate between religious and secular peacebuilders, supporting both with perspectives they can incorporate into the evaluation of their work with faith-based communities.
This report represents empirical research that aims to get beyond ideology to provide a more comprehensive understanding of how religion interacts with peace, and it is not necessarily how you might think.
What is Inter-Religious Peacebuilding?
This article discusses the challenges and value of studying religious movements in their own terms in order to create a sound analysis. Slim arguese that understanding armed religious movements and their approach to violence needs to focus on two main areas of enquiry: a general appreciation of religious mentality and a particular understanding of the distinct religious vision and intent of the group in question.
This article discusses the important role religion played in the Sudanese peace negotiations because of its centrality to identity. Stainsen explores what lessons can be learned from the Sudanese experience and how parties in a conflict with religious dimensions might approach religious issues and ways to resolve the conflict.
Through the example of a religiously motivated peaceful protest against coal, this video highlights how “religious” and “inter-religious” peacebuilding is different from other types of peacebuilding interventions.
This presentation offers reflections of Ecumenical Service for Peace’s (SeP)(link is external) experience supporting mediating community disputes and how SeP was able to engage religious communities and establish sustainable mediation frameworks for locally-led solutions.
This paper examines the ways in which the Islamic factor is having a distracting and distorting effect on conflicts that are quite local in origin, and perhaps prolonging them. It will also consider the role of local religious leaders and the way in which religious teaching and organization has affected these conflicts.The focus is on Southern Thailand, where the central clash is between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The stress is on field-level examples of how the religious factor has complicated efforts to mediate and prevented governments from adopting more enlightened policies.
Interested in learning about different organizations and initiatives focusing on inter-religious peacebuilding? Check out the new Peace Map from KAICIID that maps over 400 organizations working in different thematic areas involving inter-religious peacebuilding around the world.
Monitoring & Evaluation Tools and Resources
Interfaith dialogue is an increasingly popular response to religious conflict and religious nationalism. While practitioners employ a variety of approaches, the underlying purpose of all interfaith dialogue projects is to enhance religious tolerance and promote peaceful coexistence. Despite the increasing popularity of interfaith dialogue, rarely are these dialogue projects subjected to rigorous efforts to evaluate their impact and effectiveness. To help address this gap, the Religion and Peacemaking Initiative of the U.S. Institute of Peace commissioned a study that resulted in this publication.
In this webinar from the American Evaluation Association’s Coffee Break Webinar Series co-sponsored by Better Evaluation, Irene Guijt gives an overview of the Rainbow Framework for Evaluation and the tasks involved in planning and conducting an evaluation.
In this final evaluation of a two year project completed by Search for Common Ground in partnership with Perhimpunan Pengembangan Pesantren dan Masyarakat (P3M) and the Wahid Institute, evaluators found that the project’s approach was quite relevant in promoting religious freedom and preventing religious radicalization. The project targeted empowered mainstream moderate Islam that had been seen as a ‘silent majority’ and provided a countermeasure against the ‘vocal minority’ extremists in the country.
This teaching guide from the Centre for Dialogue & Action provides tips on how to help promote an appreciation of diversity and to promote a pluralistic vision of society through peace studies. This guide is an overview of their forthcoming course called Building Bridges at Forman Christian College. Look out for more great resources to come from the Centre.
In Valuing Diversity you will find a range of activities which encourage pupils aged 11–16. to develop an understanding of dialogue and the skills that are needed to put it into practice. Through considering a range of spiritual and moral issues, pupils will be learning to understand other people’s experiences and negotiate on issues that are important to them. The material is based on encounters between the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths but can be used by those who are brought up in any religious faith, or have a secular background. No particular knowledge of any religious faith is assumed, and background.
A resource book for Pakistani students on understanding, respecting, and engaging with the ethnic, religious, and engendered other.