The purpose of this baseline study, as formulated in the TOR is to:
- Provide a systematic and critical overview of ICCO's current efforts and results in the field of Conflict Transformation in Africa and the Middle East. This overview should pay special attention to the efforts and results of faith based organizations.
- To make an inventory of the indicators used by ICCO and its partners and to suggest improved indicators for monitoring our future efforts in the field of Conflict Transformation in the period 2007-2010.
Interesting features of the study
Chapter 2 gives an overview of literature on conflict transformation. Chapter 3 gives a list of possible indicators for conflict transformation (output and outcome/impact level). The author has found that impact indicators are often missing in ICCO funded conflict transformation projects.
In Chapter 4 (assessment of ICCO's partners and ICCO-funded activities) the author found that the conflict analyses were often too short and not detailed enough. She recommended that the capacities of ICCO partners to look further and deeper by built up, even if they are addressing a local conflict solving direct causes. Also she recommended that the conflict analyses are more based on a consultative process with partners in the South.
The author states that in some ICCO funded projects there is too much stress on seminars and conferences. Section 4.3 provides a list of possible conflict transformation activities.
The author evaluated the partners she visited in Uganda and Israel/Palestine regarding their work on three levels main leves of Conflict transformation:
- Behaviour (e.g. violence, destruction, versus peaceful coexistence, dialogue)
- Attitudes/perceptions (e.g. hatred, mistrust, suspicion versus faith, trust)
- Structural causes (e.g. inequality, marginalization, corruption versus development, justice and equality for all citizens)
The concluding chapter elaborates on the role of religion, gender and youth in conflict transformation. The report ends with recommendations for conflict transformation strategy of ICCO and for organisational restructuring.
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The synopsis was prepared by Justine Anschütz to help make ICCO sponsored 'research' more accessible