This is the M&E Thursday Talk from Thursday, July 18th when Phil Vernon, report writer and consultant, and Scarlett Kassimatis, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser at Peace Direct, led a discussion on “Demonstrating the Impact of Locally-led Peacebuilding.”
Peacebuilding is now widely accepted as an indispensable dimension of responses in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. International policies also consistently agree that local leadership is essential, but international support for locally-led peacebuilding lags behind this rhetoric. This is partly because of the lack of available data demonstrating the impact. To help fill this gap, Peace Direct, in collaboration with the AfP, recently conducted research and published a report addressing all of this.
Phil Vernon and Scarlett Kassimatis explained , Local Peacebuilding: What Works, and Why? how they went about this research and explore the results. They also explained the need for both a major increase in the volume and quality support, and highlighted the areas where more research is needed.