Reflections on an inclusive way of analysing grass-root conflicts

By Love Calissendorff, Research Specialist, Generations For Peace Institute Analysing conflicts is one of the most important aspects of implementing peace-building programmes. Understanding the conflict(s) and context(s) in which a programme is being implemented is crucial in order to ensure that it addresses the relevant issues. That being said, analysing conflicts can be both complicated and time consuming. There are also several different theoretical frameworks and methodologies to navigate depending on the type and scope of the programme, which can be confusing when embarking on a conflict analysis. This piece will focus on… 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

The Art of Facilitation…The Art of Learning

Hana Jumah - GFP volunteer and facilitator

By Hana Jumah, Generations For Peace volunteer and facilitator Have you noticed that people celebrate, eat, show their emotions and learn differently? This is all very normal and can be attributed to their age, educational backgrounds, learning styles, traditions and cultural norms. My journey as a volunteer facilitator with Generations For Peace (GFP) started four years ago. I believed that practicing facilitation, and passing on the knowledge and skills gained throughout my volunteering journey, could help lead positive change and transform conflict in communities that suffer from destructive violence. Facilitation Facilitation is… Read More

Expressing Ownership: Overcoming Programme Implementation Obstacles in Kyrgyzstan

Saad and Edward with volunteers in KGZ

By Saad Hafeez, Oxford Summer Field Researcher What helps people overcome challenges in transforming conflicts in their communities? At Generations For Peace (GFP), local volunteers train other community members and lead the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes aimed at transforming conflict in their own communities. This summer, I was commissioned by the Generations For Peace Institute (GFPI) to understand what problems volunteers face in implementing programmes in Kyrgyzstan. Coming straight out of my Masters from the University of Oxford, I found myself astounded by the level of personal responsibility that volunteers… Read More

Social Cohesion Programme by UNICEF and Generations For Peace gets off to a great start!

Jordan-Training-Group-Photo

“When I was a child, people used to ask me, ‘what is your dream’? I always said peace. Now I am at the Generations For Peace (GFP) training, learning how to equip myself in order to convey a message that I already love and believe in. Peace is a noble goal and it deserves attention. It will have a great impact on us and on our communities.” Thara’ Al Smadi (Volunteer – Left) As January drew to a close, so too did our first successful training of the year. From 24-29 January,… Read More