Cumulative Impacts of Peacebuilding Efforts

In 2007, CDA undertook this collaborative learning 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.

CDA has developed a model for collective impact for peacebuilding, based on the FSG model and building on experiences with systems approaches to peacebuilding, in collaboration with Humanity United. CDA is currently exploring opportunities to test the model with partners at country level.

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?

Project Staff

Peter Woodrow Executive Director
Anita Ernstorfer Director of Advisory Services
Sweta Velpillay Senior Advisor – Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness

Key Tools and Guidance

Key Analysis

Key Evidence