Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) I Training


Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) I is an intensive 5-day course, in which RPP concepts and frameworks are introduced and applied. RPP helps people think about what kinds of peacebuilding efforts are most appropriate and relevant in a given context: what to do with whom and how.

RPP concepts and frameworks focus on the analysis, strategy and program design level. The course includes an introduction and application of an RPP approach to conflict analysis, formulation of program goals, theories of change, and program strategies, as well as an introduction to systems thinking in peacebuilding.

The workshop is highly interactive and includes a series of small exercises and hands-on application of tools and approaches based on concrete program examples and case studies.

This training is well suited for program managers and advisers who implement and advise others on peacebuilding programing.

NOTE: This course does not include discussions on specific peacebuilding areas (e.g. reconciliation, or conflict transformation approaches), nor does it include personal skills training (e.g. dialogue facilitation or mediation).


Participants will become well acquainted with RPP tools and equipped to apply them in strategy and program design, and implementation;

1-  The course will expand the number of skilled peace practitioners using RPP concepts to facilitate program conceptualization, design and monitoring within their own organizations or as advisors to others; and

2-  Participants will become part of the CDA Learning Community.


The Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) I training is an outcome of CDA’s work with over 200 agencies and many individuals from around the world. With the goal of improving the effectiveness of peace work, CDA and its partners analyzed experience at the strategy and program level across a broad range of agencies and contexts. CDA has been working with active peace programs in several regions of the world to test how the RPP lessons and tools can be applied in practice, as well as to deepen and expand the RPP findings in areas practitioners have identified as important. The resulting RPP lessons comprise a set of tools and concepts that are most useful for conceptualizing and designing programs. RPP insights help to answer the following questions:

1 - What should we work on to have the most impact on peace and conflict in a given context?

2 - Whom should we work with? Which actors and stakeholders are most important?

3 - What is the rationale for our chosen approach – and is it valid in the context?

4 - How can we monitor and evaluate the impacts of our work – beyond projects and programs?



Course instructors will be two seasoned RPP practitioners, Anita Ernstorfer & Dr. Cordula Reimann. Anita Ernstorfer, Director of Advisory Services at CDA, has 15 years of experience working on peacebuilding strategy and programing, and conflict sensitivity, including monitoring and evaluation and systems approaches. Before joining CDA in 2013, she worked for UNDPUNICEFGIZ, and the EU.


CordularDr. Cordula Reimann, head and founder of core, has worked as consultant, facilitator, trainer, researcher and lecturer in peacebuilding and conflict transformation for nearly 20 years. She has worked for different international and Swiss governmental agencies and NGOs. In 2011 Cordula set up her own consultancy, coaching and training business called “core”.


The application deadline is April 10 2015, and admission decisions will be announced thereafter. To apply for this course, please submit together in one email: a one-page cover letter, a current resume or curriculum vitae and a completed application form.

Applications and questions regarding the course can be directed to Jasmine Walovitch with a copy to Eva Lopez Amat at Please note that participants in need of a visa to visit Spain are encouraged to submit the course application forms as early as possible as the visa application process can take some time.


CDA encourages applications from those are responsible for designing and implementing peace initiatives within their own organizations or who advise and support partners in this area.

REQUIREMENTS: Fluency in English


The course fee is 1650 USDThis fee includes accommodation in single standard room (with basin but shared bathroom facilities) at the Residencia Sant Felip Neri in Barcelona, from the 31 of May to the 6 of June (6 nights); meals and refreshments during the training; and all course materials. It does not include the cost of traveling to Barcelona. Payment information will be included in participants’ letter of acceptance.


Participants will be provided with all course materials at the training. Participants are also encouraged to share and practice implementing lessons on their own projects or programs during the training.


CDA and BIPRC do not cover costs for participants’ travel, visa, or insurance. However, we can provide some logistical support and letters of support for participant visa applications. This support will be given upon request, after acceptance into the course, and after CDA has received the course fee. Please note that the visa application must be prepared and submitted by the participant to the appropriate embassy or consulate.

Apply to this intensive 5-day course, in which Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) concepts and frameworks will be introduced and applied. This includes an approach to conflict analysis, formulation of program goals, theories of change, and program strategies, as well as an introduction to systems thinking in peacebuilding.