‘Follow that car! Telling the story of conflict and peacebuilding through material objects’ is part of a webinar series which DME for Peace are hosting. DME for Peace is a global community of practitioners, evaluators, donors, and academics who share best and emerging practices on how to design, monitor, and evaluate peacebuilding programs. Through greater collaboration and transparency we hope to increase the effectiveness of the peacebuilding field.
Researchers, including Monitoring and Evaluation specialists, face a crisis of access in many conflict and post-conflict areas. Often it is too dangerous to conduct on-site research and so researchers have to be innovative in the methodologies they use and may have to investigate proxies for the phenomenon they wish to observe. This webinar will be based on a case study of following material objects (the social life of things) as a way of narrating conflict, peacebuilding and humanitarianism. It will illustrate how 4×4 (SUV) usage in Darfur can be useful in putting together a conflict analysis. It draws on an on-going research project that engages in methodological scoping in relation to peacekeeping data and humanitarian information systems.