Peace Exchange is an open community where anyone with an interest in conflict sensitivity can explore. This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to register, interact with and navigate the site.
How to Register and Create a Profile
The first step to engaging in Peace Exchange is to register and create a profile. You may do this by clicking the link in the upper right-hand corner that says “Sign Up/Log In“. If you have any issues registering, please click on “Contact Us” in the upper right hand corner.
How to Navigate through the Community
The community has three main sections:
Here you will find the “Introduce Yourself to the Community” page where we encourage you to share information about yourself such as your interests, areas of expertise and experiences relevant to conflict sensitivity. You can also upload a picture of yourself or select an online avatar from our icon library. This will allow you to connect more with other community members.
You will also find the “Community Conversations” discussion forum where you can post questions, share your experiences and lessons learned, and respond to others posts from peers.
The Engage tab also houses the “Webinar Wednesdays” series that normally occurs every other month. It is an opportunity for members to learn about practitioners who are applying certain tools and frameworks in the field, as well as learn about how practitioners and other organizations are advancing conflict sensitivity in their work.
Each month, the Community Manager will randomly select two members to interview. These interviews will be posted on the “Member Spotlight” page which serves as another opportunity to learn more about the community members. If you are interested in being interviewed, please let us know through the “Contact Us” form.
Here you will find all the resources contained in the community “Resource Library“. These resources are organized into three categories: theme, type, and level of complexity. Within themes you will find resources related to the conflict sensitive program cycle or sector-specific resources. Within type, you will see resources listed as how-to manuals, training materials, or technical publications. Within the level of complexity category, you will find resources categorized as beginner, intermediate, or advanced. You can also use the keyword search function to look up topics of interest. Each resource can be read on your computer or downloaded as a PDF file (down Adobe Acrobat Reader here).
As a member, it is easy to share resources by clicking on “Suggest Resources to Share“ and filling in the required fields. The Community Manager will review your suggestion to see if the resource meets our criteria below, and will then post it to the library if it does. Some resources related to design, monitoring, and evaluation broadly may be better suited for the DME for Peace Library; if that is the case, the Community Manager will pass along your suggestion to the DME for Peace program manager.
Usefulness and value: the resource aligns with the community’s mission. Announcements, promotional material, offensive or illegal content, spam, low-quality or incomplete resources will not be uploaded
Quality: grammar and spelling should be correct
Attribution: intellectual property should be attributed to its author or licensor
Source: resources should be open source and from credible authors
The Learn section also includes a list of terms and definitions that are widely used within the conflict sensitivity space. These can be found on the “What We Mean When We Say” page.
Here you can also find the “Theme of the Month” page which links to all the relevant resources, discussions and activities we will be focusing on for that month(s).
3. Our Community
Here you will find information about the community’s mission, how to interact and navigate the site, member benefits and our supporters.