This meeting will be an interactive discussion that will reflect on the experiences and challenges that inter-religious action for peacebuilding poses for monitoring and evaluation. We will assess some proposed practices we believe will improve the way inter-religious actions for peacebuilding can be monitored and evaluated and will assess their implications at the policy and programmatic levels, drawing on US and EU perspectives and examples of programming from around the world.
Religious communities have powerful potential for making significant contributions toward preventing conflict, mitigating violence, and building reconciliation after deadly conflict. Many priests, monks, shamans, pastors, imams, and rabbis, are involved in reconciliation efforts counseling their communities away from violence. At the same time, many faith-based development and peacebuilding organizations are also working to stem sectarian violence, drawing on principles of faith to create more just, peaceful, and equitable societies. While these modes of intervention have been increasingly recognized for their potential to mitigate and prevent conflicts around the world, there is a measurement gap and a lack of sound evidence on the impacts of this type of work.
With funding from the GHR Foundation, the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) and its partners CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA) and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) have implemented the three-year Effective Inter-Religious Action in Peacebuilding Program (EIAP) project. EIAP was driven by the core belief that inter-religious action can play an important role in both secular and religious peacebuilding programs in building resilient, peaceful societies. The overall goal was to foster more effective inter-religious action, as an important contributor to broader peacebuilding and development processes. EIAP has created a meta-evaluation of work in this field and developed a practical Guide1 on how to design, monitor and evaluate projects that focus on inter-religious action for peacebuilding.
Please note that places are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact Laura Strawmyer from AfP if you would like to attend.