The impact of peacebuilding can be hard to measure, yet we know our work has impact on people’s lives and on the drivers of conflict that prevent peace.
Building peace involves people coming together to discuss their differences, to resolve conflict by talking rather than fighting. This requires changes in people’s attitudes and behaviours, both of which are difficult to do and take a long time. Such changes are also difficult to measure, and often don’t appear until long after our projects have ended. Yet we know our work has impact on people’s lives and on the drivers of conflict that otherwise prevent peace.
We work closely with community members, local partners and governments, and regularly discuss with them what worked and what we could do better. Knowing whether and how our programmes are making a difference is key for us to understand our contribution to peace. This knowledge helps us to improve our programming as we learn and adapt to achieve sustained impact for peacebuilding and policy influence.