Sun, Jun 24, 2007
Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit
The Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Relief Services have released a new publication: Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit. Written by John Paul Lederach, Reina Neufeldt, and Hal Culbertson, Reflective Peacebuilding is designed to improve peacebuilders? abilities to learn before, during and after interventions in unpredictable conflict contexts. Electronic copies of the 82-page toolkit are available online at the Catholic Relief Services website. Here is the direct link to the pdf.
The Table of Contents
1 The Challenge of Peacebuilding Evaluation and Monitoring
2 Reflective Practitioners
3 Learning Communities
—Benefits from Learning
—Example: Learning as a Community
4 Ethical Practice
—Ethical Dilemmas in Evaluation
5 Conflict Transformation and Four Dimensions of Change
—Four Dimensions of Conflict Transformation
6 Theories of Change
—Theories of Change in Peacebuilding Projects
—Constructing a Theory of Change
—Ideas to Help Groups Develop Theories of Change
7 Creating Indicators
—Some Guidelines for Indicators
8 Baseline Development
9 Planning with the Integrated Peacebuilding Framework
—Using the Integrated Framework to Help Plan Interventions
—Using the Integrated Framework with Logframes
10 Scaling up Impact
—What is Scaling Up?
—Strategies for Scaling Up
—Incorporating Scaling Up Strategies into Planning, Monitoring and Learning
11 Monitoring as Learning
—The Monitoring Environment
12 Evaluation as Learning
—Monitoring vs. Evaluation
—Designing Evaluation for Learning
—Learning from Evaluations
13 Drawing out Lessons
—Characteristics of a Learning Document
—Resources for Further Learning
Sat, Jun 23, 2007
Peacebuilding: A Caritas Training Manual
Caritas is an international Confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service agencies working in 200 countries and territories. This handout-filled 264-page manual builds on an earlier Caritas Internationalis Handbook Working for Reconciliation, and extends the material into peacebuilding training and programming. It is a resource that contains both conceptual and practical tools to help fill the peacebuilder’s toolbox. In the manual, peacebuilding in development work is introduced with core concepts, peacebuilding skills, and ideas to connect peacebuilding to programming. The manual is available as a pdf in english, spanish and french language versions. Catholic Relief Services is a member of Caritas North America and serves as the host of the online manual.
As noted in the introduction, Thomas Merton, Cistercian monk and peace guru, wrote in the 1960s: “If this task of building a peaceful world is the most important task of our time, it is also the most difficult. It will, in fact, require far more discipline, more sacrifice, more planning, more thought, more cooperation and more heroism than ever war demanded.” This manual helps prepare our peacemakers for the challenges that lay ahead.
Tue, Jun 19, 2007
Make Beliefs Comix Creator
Now you can create your own comix strip online with the fast and easy Make Beliefs Comix Online Educational Comic Generator (for Kids of All Ages). The Flash-based tool lets you build multi-panel comics with talk or thought balloons that can be printed (to a pdf on my mac) or emailed to others. The site was created by Bill Zimmerman, author of Make Beliefs: A Gift for Your Imagination and illustrator Tom Bloom.
Sun, Jun 17, 2007
Global Peace Index Published
The Economist Intelligence Unit, in conjunction with an international team of academics and peace experts, has compiled an innovative new Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 121 nations according to their relative peacefulness. It is available online along with a lot of supporting materials at the Vision of Humanity site.
The Index ranks the nations of the world by their absence of violence and identifies some of the drivers of peace, using metrics that combine both internal and external factors. The internal measures include crime rates, prison population, and trust between citizens. The external measures include relations with neighbors, arms sales, and foreign troop deployments. The top five most peaceful nations were: (1) Norway (2) New Zealand (3) Denmark (4) Ireland (5) Japan. The worst five were: Nigeria (117) Russia (118) Israel (119) Sudan (120) and Iraq (121). The United States ranked 96th, just above Iran, 97th. Canada, the United States’ neighbor to the North, comes in 8th. The report is also available as a pdf.
Thu, Jun 14, 2007
Dynamics of Group Decision-Making Illustrated
Fans of the “Groan Zone” concept developed by facilitator Sam Kaner in his co-authored book Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making will appreciate this flash animation showing the phases a group goes through on the way to (possibly) making a decision.
Wed, Jun 06, 2007
PDF of World Conflicts and Human Rights Map
The Goals for Americans project distributed a very interesting world map focused on conflict and humans rights issues covering the 2001/2002 period. It was produced as part of an effort to encourage American leadership in creating a climate worldwide that favors freedom and humanitarian interests. It is available online. The map was created by the Interdisciplinary Research Program on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations, a Dutch organization.
Sun, Jun 03, 2007
Building Dynamic Groups Kit
This nice collection of Pdf and word documents from the Ohio State University Extension provides a set of 70 flexible tools that can be used by groups to “build their inner relationships, become dynamic, and function at their best”. The Building Dynamic Groups collection covers the areas of communication, facilitation, team building, collaboration, and visioning. There is also a section on assessments and ice breakers to use as groups get started.
Each topical area in the kit has a variety of activities explained in clear prose. You will find all the materials you need for each activity in the kit. Procedures and guidelines, along with occasional variations are given for each activity. Activities can be used individually, or several can be used as a series. The table of contents is available here as a pdf.
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