Conflict Assessment & Peacebuilding Planning

Peacebuilding Planning

Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning outlines elements of successful planning. These include: 

Whole of Society
-- Planning includes a “whole of society” approach involving stake­holders from all levels of an institution, community, or society.

--Planning links short-term and long-term focus on systemic change.

Multi-Sector --Planning links different kinds and sectors of peacebuilding including economic development, human rights advocacy, and participatory governance programs, all sensitive to reducing divisions and foster­ing peaceful and just relations between groups. Ideally, planning includes a balance between stopping conflict drivers and starting or supporting conflict mitigators. What beliefs, attitudes, or behav­iors at the individual, relational, cultural, and structural levels need to stop and which need to start?

Based on research—Uses evidence from conflict assessment and self-assessment.

Inclusive—Includes local people on all sides of the conflict.

Local ownership and leadership
—Recognizes the self-determination and capacities of local people to identify, lead, and participate in peacebuilding.

—Involves stakeholders in decision making in the designing of conflict assessment approaches and peacebuilding design, monitoring, and evaluation.

—Shares information about goals, activities, selection processes, funding, and outcomes of any peacebuilding effort. 

—Ensures that the peacebuilding effort contributes to a culture of treating people fairly and does not reinforce social divisions.

—Responsible for negative impacts on local people and the local context such as elite control, co-optation, or diversion of funds for their own gain.

Do no harm
—Invests effort to prevent negative impacts on local people and the local context.

Support human security
—Prioritizes the goal that local people view the peacebuilding  effort as increasing their human security.

The book outlines common planning challenges and approaches, details how to move from micro to macro level peacebuilding by using a systems-based approach, and includes a typical log frame for planning peacebuilding:


Indicators or Benchmarks

Intended and Actual Outcomes


Intended and Actual Impacts

What activities actually took place, how many people were involved, etc.?

How will you measure change? 

What are the desired effects of the effort?

What were the actual effects?

What did you learn about the system?

What will the change look like if you are successful?

What were the actual impacts?

What did you learn about the system?

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