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Mid-term Review of the Sida funded Life and Peace Institute’s Conflict Transformation Programme in DRC, Somalia and the Horn of Africa Regional Programme (HARP)

This assignment was a mid-term review of the Sida funded Life and Peace Institute’s Conflict Transformation Programme in DRC, Somalia and the Horn of Africa Regional Programme (HARP). It had the main objective of assessing progress and achievements made during the first two years of implementation and to make recommendations aimed at enhancing programme performance and implementation.

LPI has decades of experience from implementing programmes in Africa, and has developed effective methodologies for engagement in local level conflict transformation. At the start of the current programme period, changes in the funding environment forced LPI to almost halve its total number of staff in Uppsala (from 12 to 7), limiting the overarching support functions to a minimum. While some efficiency gains have even been made through these ‘austerity’ measures, the current funding situation is not seen as sustainable in the longer-term. The Conflict Transformation Programme is based on LPI’s three strategic priorities: 1) Civil society support and engagement; 2) Policy work and awareness raising; and 3) Cross-fertilisation of conflict transformation theory and practice. The Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology is central to SP1, implemented primarily in the country programmes.

The review found that LPI has a high awareness of conflict sensitivity, but that there is a need to strengthen frameworks and monitoring tools to ensure that the perspective is consistently implemented in programmes. Gender has not yet been sufficiently implemented into programmes and there is no framework for monitoring progress. The review team notes that although research and learning from practical experience is part of LPI’s DNA, there is unutilised potential for organisational learning across evaluated programmes.

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