With levels of global violent conflict at a 25-year peak, the need for effective and impactful peacebuilding programming could not be more pressing. The peacebuilding field has shown immense commitment to understanding, preventing, and mitigating the impact of violent conflict, but has struggled to aggregate evidence across efforts to analyze, understand, and advocate for what works to reduce violence. If the peacebuilding field identifies where its programming has directly correlated to reduced levels of violence, then it will be better able to ground program design, monitoring, and evaluation (DM&E) in evidence, and leverage evidence to advocate for the necessity and utility of the field—making the case for peace.

This evidence evaluation and subsector review analyze data from twenty-two cases. Following this evidence evaluation and subsector review, AfP supports eight key recommendations to improve the field of peacebuilding violence reduction programming.

  1. Define the purpose
  2. Do your research
  3. Invest in monitoring and evaluation
  4. Conduct a baseline
  5. Start simple and expand out
  6. Consider the system when designing the approach
  7. It's not all about economic incentives
  8. There's a need for more research
  9. Violence reduction is an intrinsic condition of peacebuilding

 

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