Dialogue Series No 4 - New Trends in Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA)

We still receive a great deal of encouraging feedback on the PCIA debate that Mark Hoffman’s article kicked off on this website in 2001 (“Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment. Critical Views from Theory and Practice”). Strong interest prevails among practitioners, donors and evaluators to use and apply PCIA methodologies.

However, many practitioners also find PCIA too complicated to integrate into their programmes and projects. Consequently, the Berghof Handbook editorial team has invited experts to reflect on new developments, map the field and critically reflect on approaches and methods as they have been developed or refined.

This Dialogue is only available online.

Author Title / Description Date
David Bloomfield, Martina Fischer & Beatrix Schmelzle (eds.)

New Trends in PCIA

Questions of effectiveness, impact and evaluation continue to be most relevant for the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation: Adam Barbolet, Rachel Goldwyn, Hesta Groenewald & Andrew Sherriff report with intimate knowledge on the development of "conflict sensitivity" as an alternative to PCIA; Kenneth Bush sends thought-provoking "field notes", reflecting on his learning in the context of applying PCIA in the South; Thania Paffenholz presents a comprehensive overview of the "Aid for Peace Approach". Short reflection papers by all authors shed light on progress and controversy regarding the new trends in peace and conflict impact assessment.
2005

Single articles in this dialogue include:

Beatrix Schmelzle

Introduction: New Trends in Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA)

Adam Barbolet, Rachel Goldwyn, Hesta Groenewald & Andrew Sherriff

The Utility and Dilemmas of Conflict Sensitivity

Kenneth Bush

Field Notes. Fighting Commodification and Disempowerment in the Development Industry: Things I learned about PCIA in Habarana and Mindanao

Kenneth Bush

Appendices I-III

Supplement
Thania Paffenholz

Third-Generation PCIA: Introducing the Aid for Peace Approach

Adam Barbolet, Rachel Goldwyn, Hesta Groenewald & Andrew Sherriff

Reflection - Ways of Moving Forward: A Community of Practice and Learning

Kenneth Bush

Reflection - Alice Through the Looking Glass

Thania Paffenholz

Reflection - More Field Notes: Critical Issues when Implementing PCIA


If you found this Dialogue interesting, you may also want to have a look at:

Berghof Handbook Dialogue No 1 (2003):
Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment. Critical Views from Theory and Practice

Handbook Article (2004): Mary Anderson - Experiences with Impact Assessment: Can We Know What Good We Do? (pdf)

Handbook Article (2007): Reina C. Neufeldt - "Frameworkers" and "Circlers" – Exploring Assumptions in Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (pdf)