The Ups and Downs of Mobile Data Collection

By Sairah Yusuf, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Generations For Peace Institute Since May 2016, Generations For Peace (GFP) has used mobile-based data collection methods to survey close to 3500 people across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region – 1241 from 10 communities in Lebanon, 1274 across 24 school-based locales in Jordan, and 1073 across 3 governorates in Tunisia. For the organisation, this has been a massive expansion in terms of data collected via mobiles, and it has brought with it plenty of learning opportunities. Building on both our successes and our… Read More

Rethinking Our Session Evaluation Methods

Edward and GFP volunteers at AT16

By Edward Beswick, Research Coordinator, Generations For Peace Institute You are at a training, it is the end of a long day of an even longer week, you are tired, you have just sat through a two-hour long session full of theory, practice, and group work; increasingly your thoughts turn to dinner and your plans for the evening; the day seems to be finally over. But then, you are told you must evaluate the session you just sat through, and someone reminds you, once again, how important your feedback is… sound familiar?… Read More

Reflections on the Alliance for Peacebuilding 2016 Annual Conference

By Generations For Peace Institute In May 2016, GFP staff Nabila Hussein and Sairah Yusuf travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 Annual Conference of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP). This conference, entitled, “Next Gen Peace” brought together academics, practitioners, decision-makers and philanthropists from across the broader field of peace building. The following is a reflection on their experience: What is the Alliance for Peacebuilding?  AfP is a network of over 15,000 individuals and organisations that collectively seek to achieve sustainable peace in 153 countries worldwide. Members include large-scale development organisations,… Read More

The Challenges of Participation: Reflections on Generations For Peace’s Approach to Participatory Monitoring

SY and NGR Volunteers

By Sairah Yusuf, Senior Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Generations For Peace “Participation” has become a buzzword in the development and peace-building sector. Approaches to programme design, programme implementation, and programme monitoring and evaluation are increasingly expected to be less “top-down” and to instead ask for the input and involvement of members of local communities. There are a whole series of advantages to using participatory approaches in development and peace building – the participation of community members increases inclusiveness in and ownership over programme design; participation encourages transparency, accountability and credibility within… Read More

Improving Participation: Feedback from the Field on Generations For Peace’s Evaluation Model

Advanced Training 2015 - Volunteers

By Edward Beswick, Research Coordinator, Generations For Peace Institute Generations For Peace (GFP) is a volunteer-led, peace-building organisation dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation at the grassroots in communities across Africa, Asia, and Europe. During the last week of November 2015, we at GFP hosted an Advanced Training for 39 volunteers from ten countries. This Training was aimed at further improving volunteers’ peace-building skills, and sharing successes, best practices, and lessons learnt from the programmes that they have implemented over the past year. The Training included sessions on conflict analysis, programme design, monitoring… Read More