Cumulative Impacts of Peacebuilding Efforts

Project Overview

In 2007, CDA undertook this initiative which investigates the cumulative impacts of peacebuilding programs. Ultimately, CDA produced 16 case studies, each of them examining the experience of peace efforts in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

As case studies were developed, CDA organized a series of consultations for joint analysis of the case material, and coded the case studies according to a series of factors identified through the consultations —which enabled compilation of information across all of the cases on a range of topics.

CDA then conducted a series of 15 Feedback Workshops all over the world regarding the preliminary lessons, captured in 9 Issue Papers. In the process, staff incorporated elements they had been learning about systems thinking tools and concepts. The Feedback Workshops enabled us to incorporate a great deal more practitioner experience, beyond the 16 case studies.

The findings from the case material, consultations and Feedback Workshops are currently being synthesized into a book.

Core Questions

  • How do multiple peace efforts in a single conflict zone “add up” to create progress towards peace?
  • Why, in some cases, is there progress towards peace followed by backsliding, while other processes are sustained?
  • Does effective peacebuilding at the local level contribute to peace at the larger societal level, and how?
  • How are the activities of “insiders” and “outsiders” best linked to produce maximum positive effects on peace?

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