Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Development Dimensions of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Author, Copyright Holder: 
UNDP, Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery

This study points to some solid directions in the international community’s search for more effective ways to help build peace and prevent widespread and mutating violent conflicts. It offers an appraisal of what should realistically be expected from development, and from development cooperation. It brings together concrete, tested ways in which development cooperation can respond, and some of the ways to make those responses more effective.

The study provides a brief synthesis of current understanding on how conflict development are linked as a basis for thinking about policy and operational needs. It then examines six situations in which development cooperation can effectively contribute. These include: (1) “normal” development situations; (2) conflict-prone or especially vulnerable situations; (3) situations of rising tension; (4) situations of open violent conflict; (5) transitions from open violent conflict to peace; and (6) consolidating peace and restoring sustainable development.

The report concludes with a number of guiding principles for Development Cooperation.