Terms of Use

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and DME for Peace provides this platform for peacebuilding evaluation, including this entire portal, system, databases, website and subpages within this website (collectively, the “Website”). Your use of this Website is subject to the following terms and conditions. Please note that your access of this Website constitutes acceptance of these terms.


Use and Ownership of Content on this Website

The Website is meant to be a comprehensive resource for the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives. Peacebuilding, for the legal purposes of the Website, is hereby defined as “a range of measures implemented in the context of emerging, current or post-conflict situations and which are explicitly guided and motivated by a primary commitment to the prevention of violent conflict and the promotion of a lasting peace.”

Only content of this nature expressly regarding design, monitoring and evaluation may be posted.

Without prior written permission from SFCG, you may not reproduce, distribute, modify, display, prepare derivative works based on, repost or otherwise use any of the content of this Website, except that you are hereby granted a limited, revocable license to display and print the information on this Website for personal, noncommercial purposes only, consistent with the purpose of the Website as described above. Except as expressly provided in these terms and conditions, nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring any license or right under any copyright or any other intellectual property right. If you are an owner of intellectual property who believes your intellectual property rights have been improperly posted or distributed via this Website, please notify SFCG immediately at 1730 Rhode Island Ave NW, #1100, Washington, D.C. 20036, or email to dme@dmeforpeace.org.


While SFCG undertakes reasonable measures to ensure the accuracy of all information posted by SFCG on the Website, the material contained on this Website could include inaccuracies or other errors. Your use and browsing of this Website is at your own risk. Neither SFCG nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering this Website (including government partners) shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the Website. SFCG does not warrant that the functional aspects of this Website will be uninterrupted or error free or that this Website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. If your use of this Website or the material contained on the Website results in the need for servicing or replacing property, material, equipment, or data, SFCG is not responsible for those costs. Without limiting the foregoing, all content on the Website is provided to you “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. Persons or entities accessing or using this Website hereby waive any and all claims against SFCG, its directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, government and business partners, and information providers against any and all claims resulting from or arising out of any use to which this information may be put. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.


You should assume that everything you see or read on this Website (including, but not limited to, wallpaper, icons, characters, artwork, images, graphics, music, text, software and other content) is copyrighted or licensed by SFCG or its business partners unless otherwise noted and may not be used except as provided in these Terms and Conditions or in the text on the Website without the written permission of SFCG.  Images, photographs, or illustrations displayed on the Website are either the property of, or used with permission by, SFCG.

SFCG neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on this Website will not infringe upon rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with SFCG.  The use of these materials by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by these Terms and Conditions or specific permission provided elsewhere on the Website. Any unauthorized use of the images or content may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes.


The trademarks, logos, and service marks (collectively, the “Trademarks”) displayed on this Website are registered and unregistered Trademarks of SFCG and, in some cases, third parties who have authorized such use by SFCG. Nothing contained on this Website should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on this Website without the written permission of SFCG or its affiliates or such third party that may own the Trademark displayed on the Website. Your misuse of the Trademarks displayed on this Website, or any other content on the Website, except as provided herein, is strictly prohibited.

Links to Third Party Sites

This Website may contain hyperlinks to external websites, which are not under the control of this Website or SFCG, and such links are meant for your convenience only. SFCG assume no responsibility for the views, content or accuracy of information contained within such websites or the privacy policies of SFCG of such websites, and the appearance of such hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement or sponsorship of, or affiliation with, the owners of such websites nor the information, products, services, and trademarks contained therein. Such websites may contain copyrighted and otherwise protectable material. No endorsement or guarantee of any third party information (including information provided by links to the websites of SFCG’ licensees, distributors or other third parties associated with SFCG’ business), products or services is expressed or implied by any information, material or content referred to or included on, or linked from this Website. SFCG make no representations whatsoever about any other website which you may access through this Website and do not assume any liability or responsibility whatsoever for the operation of, or content at, any of the linked resources, nor for any of the interpretations, comments or opinions expressed therein. By clicking on a hyperlink you agree to abide by all laws, notices, and restrictions governing such websites and agrees to hold this Website and SFCG harmless against any claims, damages, or liabilities relating to any acts by you in connection with such websites.

Use of Communications Forums

This Website may contain message and communications facilities (collectively, the “Facilities”) that allow you to communicate with other users of this Website or with government and business partners. You agree to only send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to authorized use of the Facilities. For example and not as a limitation, you shall not do any of the following:

Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, or otherwise violate the legal rights of any other person, including but not limited to the rights of privacy and publicity.
Publish, post, distribute, or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, or unlawful material or information.
Upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy and publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents.
Upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer.
Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, solicit money or services for yourself or third parties, conduct or forward surveys, contests or chain letters.
Download any messages or files posted by another user of the Facilities that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
You acknowledge that while the Facilities may include a private forum for communication, it may also be accessible to other users of this Website and the Facilities. You further acknowledge that SFCG or their affiliates do not endorse communications of any kind by other users, including any opinions, advice or recommendations by users, and such communications shall not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by SFCG, its affiliates or of any of its government and business partners. SFCG reserves the right for any reason to remove, without notice, any contents from the Facilities.

Internet Transmission

Internet software or electronic transmission errors may produce inaccurate or incomplete copies of the content of this Website when downloaded and displayed on any computer. SFCG and its government and/or business partners do not assume any liability or responsibility whatsoever for inaccurate or incomplete information due to software problems, transmission errors, the display of content in browser frames displaying information from other websites, or any misinterpretation of the content due to such inaccurate and incomplete information. SFCG and its partners do not assume any liability or responsibility whatsoever for computer viruses or other destructive programs received during the electronic transmission of the content of this site or any websites accessed through links provided therein. It is advisable to employ the use of virus protection software on any and all computer systems used to access the Internet or in any manner share files with other computer systems. Any unprotected e mail communication over the Internet is, as with communication via any other medium (e.g., cellular phones), subject to possible interception or loss, and is also subject to possible alteration.

Privacy Policy

To use this Website you must provide information about yourself and update this information as necessary in order to keep it current. SFCG agrees that they will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of this Website’s Privacy Policy.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account information. Furthermore, you are responsible for all activities that occur in your account and you agree to notify SFCG immediately of any unauthorized use of your account. SFCG and its government and/or business partners are not responsible for any loss that you may incur as a result of any unauthorized person using your account or your password.

Termination of Usage

SFCG may terminate or suspend any user’s access, or suspend any user’s access, to all or part of this Website, without notice, for any conduct that SFCG, in their sole discretion, believe is in violation of any applicable law or is harmful to the interests of another user, third-party provider, merchant, sponsor, licenser, service provider, or SFCG.

Admissibility of Agreements

A printed version of this agreement, and, if applicable, the registration agreement and any other agreements entered into on this Website, and all web pages of this Website, along with all notices given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other documents that are records originally generated and maintained in printed form.


SFCG appreciates hearing from you and others interested in its mission. By submitting your creative ideas, inventions, suggestions or materials (a “submission”), you affirm ownership or possession of necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to publish content to the Website. You further grant to SFCG a royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, communicate to the public, perform and display your submission (in whole or in part) worldwide and to incorporate your submission in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed without any notice or compensation to you. SFCG does not guarantee the confidentiality of any submissions.

General Provisions

SFCG may revise these terms from time to time by updating or revising this posting, with the revised terms taking effect as of the date of its posting. SFCG controls and operates this Website from Washington, D.C., United States of America, and makes no representation that these materials are appropriate or available for use in other locations. If you use this Website from other locations, you are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. If any provision of these terms or conditions is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law to the greatest extent possible and the remainder of the provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Any cause of action you may have with respect to this Website must be commenced within one year after the claim or cause of action arises or such claim or cause of action is barred. These terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, United States of America, without regard to its conflicts of laws principles.

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