Women Building Peace

Sharing Know-How, Assessing Impact, Planning for Miracles

Authored by: Judy El-Bushra, Ancil Adrian-Paul, and Maria Olson

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2005
Citation: El-Bushra, Judy, Ancil Adrian-Paul and Maria Olson. Women Building Peace: Sharing Know-How, Assessing Impact, Planning for Miracles. London: International Alert, 2005.

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The Women Building Peace: Sharing Know-How workshop on Assessing Impact was held in London in July 2004. Critical questions informing the workshop included: How do women implement, monitor and evaluate their activities? What tools do they use for monitoring and evaluation? What lessons have they learned? How do women plan for miracles? Women’s work in peacebuilding is varied, complex, and multi-layered, and it is essential that they find ways of reflecting this in their communication with donors and policymakers. This is a major reason for their interest in monitoring and evaluation, along with the need to be constantly improving the quality of their work through reflection and learning, and the need to tell their painful stories amongst themselves as a strategy for healing. Women’s organizations engaged in conflict transformation and peacebuilding work want donors and policymakers to know what peacebuilding means to them.