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Peacebuilding and conflict resolution are relatively new areas of professional practice. There are a growing number of organizations active in this field and efforts to more accurately monitor and evaluate projects are developing. There is a real need to share tools, approaches, methodologies and the findings of evaluation so that the community can better understand ‘what works’. In addition, there has been a growing emphasis on development program accountability and an increasing requirement from donors for programs to demonstrate their impact. In response, the peacebuilding sector has been building capacity and reinforcing its monitoring and evaluation work.
To contribute to the development of appropriate tools that would capture efficacy of the peacebuilding projects and to share good practices in DM&E and lessons learned about peacebuilding programs, Search for Common Ground and the Center for the Peacebuilding Development at American University’s School of International Service are setting up a new online interactive space - a Learning Portal dedicated to DM&E in the peacebuilding sector. This initiative is supported by DFID and will be launched in 2011.
The Learning Portal will give the Peacebuilding community an interactive space to enrich the value and the quality of the DM&E work in the sector, from the conceptual level down to day-to-day practices in the field. While the Learning Portal is targeting more specifically the peacebuilding community and the DM&E practitioners in that field, it shall be a major source of information and reflection on DM&E for the larger community in the development world.
To join the Learning Portal or to learn more, visit http://www.dmeforpeace.org.