Why is there a need for Change?
Most international efforts in conflict affected contexts are undertaken within the framework of bilateral and multilateral agencies. These efforts tend to face the following challenges: a focus on technical knowledge rather than contextual knowledge; a lack of recognition of the complexity and focus on linear and single dimensions; limited attention to building relations with local counter-parts; relatively short-term and unpredictable in terms of funding; and lack of flexibility and creativity due to an orientation towards quantifiable results and predefined indicators. The result of these challenges has been a polarized environment marked by practices perceived by host actors as disrespectful and undignified and with little actual sharing of knowledge and ideas. In sum, the space for collaboration has been far from conducive for promoting sustainable peace in a number of conflict affected countries. While the challenges may have even exacerbated over time, the need for an effective framework, such as development assistance and support to peacebuilding, within which countries and people can engage across the globe to enhance global peace and alleviate human suffering is needed now more than ever.
Theory of Change