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Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit.

Author(s): Lederach, J.P. et alii. (Kroc Institute (University of Notre Dame) & CRS)
Publication Date: 2007

The goal of this Toolkit is to improve peacebuilders’ ability to be reflective practitioners; this involves enhancing  peacebuilders’ capacity to design and impact transformative change, and track and improve upon those changes over time, in unpredictable conflict contexts. 

The tools were designed by practitioners and scholar-practitioners for use at the community-level. They were developed over several years, as part of a learning collaboration between Catholic Relief Services (CRS’) program staff in Southeast Asia, and faculty and students at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. They have had hands-on testing with practitioners from around the globe.

The tools themselves can stand alone or augment established design, monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and practices. They are intended to help focus on dimensions specific to peacebuilding work and provide practitioners with resources for enhancing their creativity in developing context-specific learning, monitoring and evaluation systems.

The overarching theme of the Toolkit is learning before, during and after implementation of peacebuilding programs. Throughout the different chapters, the toolkit deals with the following topics:

  • Exploring the connections between learning and effective peacebuilding
  • Ethical considerations for monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Examining the types of change that peacebuilding promotes
  • Tools to further understand change and to develop indicators to track change over time
  • Planning for long-term change and scaling up activities
  • Monitoring and evaluation practices
  • Documentation practices to enhance learning