We are committed to examining and learning from peace-building interventions by other organisations, making broader contribution to the fields of peace building and conflict transformation in general.
We are committed to bridging the gap between academics and practitioners in the field of conflict transformation and peace building, and dissemination of learning and knowledge through our own and our stakeholders’ outreach efforts.
There are really sensitive issues when someone from out of Palestine talks about our situation. What I liked most about research done by Generations For Peace in Palestine was that it described the context of poor and neglected communities through the words and eyes of community members, and their appreciation of activities that our Generations For Peace volunteers are doing in these communities.
Generations For Peace change-makers address issues of cultural and structural violence in their own community, where contexts include inter-tribal, inter-ethnic, inter-religious violence, gender inequality, exclusion of minorities (IDPs, refugees and people with a disability), post-conflict trauma response, and reconciliation and reintegration.
Our programmes are driven by our curriculum and programming framework, which were designed specifically for peace-building volunteer practitioners working in conflict zones. The curriculum and programming framework integrate the knowledge Generations For Peace has accumulated over the last few years. It includes, among other, conflict analysis and conflict transformation theory; theory-of-change methodology; programme design; participatory monitoring and evaluation processes; and volunteer mobilisation. Conflict sensitivity, and full participation and empowerment of girls and women are also integrated in our curriculum and programming (in implementation of UN SCR 1325). All of these are distilled down to the essentials, making them practical for our volunteers and their community.
Generations For Peace is extremely committed to field research, programme monitoring and evaluation, driving our own learning and greater innovation, quality, impact and sustainability. To facilitate, advance and promote collaboration and exchanges between the practitioners and academics engaged in conflict transformation, Generations For Peace established its research arm, Generations For Peace Institute, in 2010. The Institute conducts, invests in, and disseminates applied interdisciplinary research and best practices in partnership with leading universities, research centres and individual academics and researchers.
The research evidence shows our programme outcomes and impacts which include:
• Reductions in different forms of violence;
• Increased capacity to manage conflict in non-violent ways;
• Strengthened ability to break out of cycles of violence;
• Changes in attitudes and shattering of stereotypes;
• Greater understanding, respect and trust between different tribes, ethnic groups, religions, genders, and minorities;
• Strengthened social capital and social networks;
• Empowerment of girls and women;
• Greater volunteerism, youth engagement, and responsible citizenship.
As well as research on Generations For Peace’s own programmes, the Institute’s research projects also examine peace-building interventions by other organisations, therefore making broader contributions to the fields of peace building and conflict transformation in general. The overall objectives of the Institute reflect the aspirations of Generations For Peace to make a practical difference to programme work on the ground, supporting a growing community of practice by demonstrating the impact of and advocating for increased use of sport, art, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment activities for sustainable peace building.
The Generations For Peace Institute has established partnerships with the Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, the University of Western Cape, as well as other institutes, research centres and individual academics and researchers.
Through the collaborative research projects with academics and particularly young researchers that are directly supported by Generations For Peace Institute, we aim to make a practical difference to programmes in the field. By identifying and sharing knowledge and best practices, we demonstrate the impact and support a growing community of practice. This in turn allows us to advocate for increased use of vehicles for peace building, such as sport, art, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment, promoting greater innovation, quality, impact and sustainability.
In addition to serving the purposes of strengthening programming, and providing evidence reports to donors and partners, the research we carry out serves as a knowledge-base to inform our curriculum and training materials. We want our Delegates and Pioneers to have the high quality materials upon which to build and inform their programmes. Remaining up to date on trends within the fields of peace building and conflict transformation ensures that our curriculum materials are relevant to our volunteers and applicable in a variety of conflict situations.
Being able to share and disseminate learning and evidence-based results is paramount for the work not only of Generations For Peace and its Institute but for all other individuals and organisations engaged in peace building.
The research produced by the Institute staff and academic partners is ultimately disseminated in a variety of formats with tailored information for different audiences, through publications, events, and online platforms.
This dissemination of knowledge to practitioners, academics, and possible donors and funders, intends to both contribute to, and encourage further research in the field of peace building.