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Making the difference in peacebuilding, security and development - RBM and beyond

8th International Workshop

Policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development still lack critical skills in results-based management (RBM) and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL). This course, now in its 8th year, provides skills development in these disciplines, with results-based approaches and theories of change, as well as the implementation of monitoring and evaluation.  The course is aimed at practitioners wanting to extend or upgrade their expertise.  For 2018, an online preparatory course has been added as a requirement to make better use of the time in Geneva, and there is more emphasis on complex environments, with Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting and the Cynefin framework now included.  The learning focusses on practical work in small groups, based on case studies. 


This course is designed to build the skills of practitioners who already work in results-based management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, or complexity, in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development: 

  • national development, peace and security officials, representatives from local and international development, political and security agencies
  • technical advisors/programme officers from UN and other relevant agencies
  • key policymakers from violence-affected countries

  • officials from security and development agencies from donor countries

  • independent experts and specialists in the peace sector

The needs of individuals from both public and non-governmental institutions will be addressed.


Applications should be made as soon as possible.  Places will be allocated starting 1st May 2018.  Applications for any remaining places will be accepted until 1 June 2018. A waiting list will be open in case of late cancellations, for applicants able to participate at short notice.

All applicants must include a 200 word (max) summary of a problem relevant to the course - the work in small groups will be based on actual issues submitted. The problem should fall within the following categories:

  • Challenge of thinking through a coherent approach, planning for results, defining (and updating) theories of change, understanding the context and identifying assumptions, investing time in defining and collecting baseline data (challenges of planning before work starts).
  • Challenge of setting-up and using a MEL system, collecting the data for indicators, costs of the collection of data in difficult environments, using the information from the MEL system, especially ensuring that the “learning” is effectively used by decision-makers (challenges of MEL). 
  • Challenge of monitoring and evaluating outcomes and impact, and learning from these results; going beyond measuring what is done to identifying the difference that is achieved, using evidenced-based results (challenges about making a difference with RBM).
  • Challenge of applying RBM and MEL tools in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and security sector reform (challenges of the complex domain)
In association with:
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Geneva, Switzerland


The workshop is offered free of charge. All other expenses including lodging and travel are the responsibility of the participant.

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Making the difference in peacebuilding, security and development - RBM and beyond

Date 3 - 6 Jul 2018

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