In Phase I (1999 through early 2003), the Reflecting on Peace Practice Project (RPP) engaged over two hundred agencies and many individuals who work on conflict around the world. The agencies included international peace and conflict resolution NGOs as well as local organizations and groups working for peace in their countries. The project conducted 26 case studies that went through a process of analysis at several consultations.
The findings of this initial three-year effort, Confronting War: Critical Lessons for Peace Practitioners is available to download from the publications page. We welcome your feedback on this learning.
This was followed by a series of open workshops where people “tested” initial findings in additional settings. We were able to improve the collective understanding of how to do better work. Many individuals and organizations involved in this phase have found RPP lessons useful in their operations.
For the past three years, CDA has been working with active peace programs in several regions of the world to test how the lessons of Confronting War might be applied in practice. The goal of this phase has been (a) to improve the effectiveness of existing peace programmes through application of the RPP learnings; and (b) to gather the experiences gained through using the RPP lessons in a way that will be useful for, and improve the impacts of, subsequent peace practice.
In the process of working with collaborating agencies, the RPP Project is learning additional lessons in four specific areas that refine and deepen the previous RPP findings and make them more usable by practitioners:
- Context Analysis & Program Strategies. Factors critical to context analysis and to linking program decisions to context analysis in order to ensure that programming is addressing those factors that are important to the conflict. The first phase of RPP found that no one context analysis methodology led to better programming. Nonetheless, the question of how to do context analysis in a way that facilitates effective choices in programming remains. RPP continues to explore different context analysis methodologies and processes with the agencies involved, with the intention of learning more about what the elements of an effective conflict analysis are, beyond the three questions identified in Confronting War.
- Adding Up. Elements and processes for enhancing cumulative impacts of programs.
- Micro-Macro Connections. How to link micro (“peace writ little”) and macro (“Peace Writ Large”) levels in programming decisions in order to enhance the impacts of small, geographically limited programs on the broader peace.
- Monitoring and Evaluation. How to monitor and evaluate the impact of individual programs on “Peace Writ Large.”
All agencies and individuals that work to address conflict are welcome to join this effort. Please contact Co-Directors, Diana Chigas and Peter Woodrow, or Project Associate, Ethan Schechter.
For more information please visit the CDA Inc website.