All Blog Posts Tagged 'transformation' (46)

Peacemaking through Relational Presence

Efforts at peacemaking almost always begin with an agenda.  The agenda is how to end the conflict.  I am here today to suggest that beginning with an agenda is the fatal flaw of most peacemaking…


Added by Dr. Samuel Mahaffy on April 2, 2014 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

Responding to conflict Morally?

Guest Blogger, Basia Solarz, explains that there is always an ethical/moral dimension to how we behave in conflict.  You can read the blog entry here.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on January 26, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments

National Geographic on Conflict Minerals: Opportunity to Grow the Clean Minerals Trade in Congo

A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa | Marcus Bleasdale

"Colonialism is no stranger to the Congolese; the lasting effects still haunt them today. Years of corrupt leadership left the…


Added by Sasha Lezhnev on September 20, 2013 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Critical Participatory Action Research as a Potential Intervention and Approach in Conflict Transformation Processes

Why do organizations solicit participation from “local stakeholders” when the people exist there already, creating movements and advocating for themselves?

This was the question of one development practitioner who witnessed people’s power and their movements for social change, as they were the “owners of the issue” after a natural disaster in her home country (anonymous, personal communication, July 10, 2013).  The practitioner determined that her…


Added by Katie Moore on September 3, 2013 at 9:58am — No Comments

Crossroads of Justice: #3 Negotiating Alternative Spaces for Women

Vendors selling vegetables, Saak Bazaar, Chottaudepur, India

 “I used to think that issues of domestic violence were personal issues which outsiders should not speak of or interfere with. After joining NA I realized that these are social issues related to all women. I had legal…


Added by Jasveen Bindra on July 13, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Justice under Trees: #2 Who owns legality?

As an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow working with Vikalp Women's Group in Gujarat, India, I finally attended my first Women's Court session this week. 

I have been struggling with the question of legality:  what makes these women’s courts/Nari Adalats (NA) legal? What makes their decision enforceable? From where do they derive authority? In the process of finding answers, I began to question my questions. My idea of legality is based on retributive justice and coercive power. On the…


Added by Jasveen Bindra on July 13, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Justice under Trees: #1 Women's Rural Courts

As an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow working with Vikalp Women's Group in Gujarat, India, I finally attended my first Women's Court session this week. I will be focusing on it through a series on its various features and strengths in the upcoming blog posts. This is the first entry in the series, and contains the basic facts that I've gathered till now.…


Added by Jasveen Bindra on July 13, 2013 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

INART, Inc. in Florida State is looking for a Treasurer for the Board of Directors

Hello dear friends! I am the founder of a non profit organization called INART in Florida State! I am currently studying a masters degree in the European Graduate School on Expressive Arts, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. I started this adventure one year and a half ago and on december 20th, 2012 we finally got our tax excempt status.

Nevertheless we are in search of our treasurer! It s not a paid job, it is ad honorem participation to build a great organization that will…


Added by Sylvia Ketelhohn Gron on April 3, 2013 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Looking at the Big Picture in Evaluation

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

“Peace requires that many people work at many levels in different ways, and, with all this work, you cannot tell who is responsible for what.”[1]

In order to understand peace and development processes more broadly, experience has shown that we need to look beyond micro-level successes to…


Added by DME for Peace on January 23, 2013 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

Resolving Hybrid Conflicts: The Bougainville Story

Article found here: Resolving Hybrid Conflicts: The Bougainville Story

If you are interested in hybrid conflicts (blending of state and non-state actors and issues in violent conflicts), the region of Oceania, environmental sustainability, or ways in which indigenous and westernized models of conflict prevention, management, and resolution can be…


Added by Timothy G. Hammond on January 3, 2013 at 2:11am — No Comments

Conflict Analysis: Best Practices Identified by the OECD

What's in this Post?

  • Common Weaknesses of Conflict Analyses
  • Checklist for Reviewing a Conflict Analysis
  • Key Questions for Conflict Analysis

Common Weaknesses of Conflict Analyses

Experience shows a number of recurrent challenges to the production and use of conflict analysis.

Partial analysis. Due to time or resources constraints, it is often tempting to limit the focus of the analysis to a donor’s particular…


Added by DME for Peace on December 5, 2012 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Designing Media-based Interventions

Traditional media programming, be they stories from the news media or fictional soap-operas, frequently[1] stress and exploit conflict for its entertainment value. While such an approach may attract more viewers and thus increase profit, which is the goal of the broadcaster, it most certainly has a negative impact on issues of conflict and peace. Such an approach, moreover, “does not reflect what most people have learned in their individual lives: namely,…


Added by DME for Peace on October 9, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments

DM&E Tip: Participatory Evaluation

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

Participatory project strategies are quite popular these days, and there’s good reason: study after study have found that…


Added by DME for Peace on September 10, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

Exploring Accountability in Peacebuilding

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

As international organizations have proliferated and taken on more and more responsibilities in global society, so too has the need increased to hold such institutions to account—particularly given the power and responsibilities entrusted to international non-governmental organizations by beneficiaries, donors and the public.

A common discussion in…


Added by DME for Peace on July 30, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Conflict Analysis in Peacebuilding Evaluation

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

Conflict analysis has long been established as a critical ingredient for effective programming in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. As one participant in the Reflecting on Peace Practice Project at CDA, Inc. stated, “Analysis is not optional; it is essential and obligatory for peace work.”…


Added by DME for Peace on July 16, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Global Network for the Study of Transgenerational Trauma

Global Network for the Study of…


Added by Steve Olweean on July 13, 2012 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

Measuring Long-Term Change in Conflict Transformation

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

“One of the major challenges for design, monitoring and evaluation for peacebuilding is the timeline. Conflict transformation takes place over long periods of time—or it doesn’t in some cases. But we are often forced to look in two to three year blocks of time at projects, or sometimes if we are lucky at programming more broadly, and it’s very, very…


Added by DME for Peace on June 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Peacebuilders’ Panel

Dear All,


TransConflict is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative, 'The Peacebuilders’ Panel', which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation.


Targeted at peacebuilding practitioners, academics, students and enthusiasts, the aim of the initiative is to improve understanding about the respective…


Added by TransConflict on June 12, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments

The road to conflict transformation in Lebanon by Vanessa Bassil- CGNews

Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), an initiative of the international conflict transformation organization Search for Common Ground…

Added by Vanessa Bassil on June 11, 2012 at 8:45am — 7 Comments

Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador

A Manifesto for the Emerging Culture Of Peace

A new peace movement is rising out of the hardened soil of our long planetary winter. It is evidenced by the Arab Spring and the emer gence of the Occupy movement. It…


Added by Molly Rowan Leach on June 7, 2012 at 8:50am — No Comments

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