Women Building Peace: Sharing Know-How, Assessing Impact: Planning for Miracles

Judy El Bushra with Ancil Adrian-Paul and Maria Olson, International Alert, June 2005

The issue of impact measurement in conflict transformation and peacebuilding work has gained a higher profile in the last few years as a result of several research and development initiatives. These initiatives have not addressed the issue of gendered impacts in any depth, nor have they reflected the specific circumstances of women's organizations engaged in peacebuilding. This report, based on a workshop on assessing impact, seeks to broaden the scope of peace and conflict impact monitoring by highlighting issues of concern to women, and by showing how these issues may enrich the field. It distils some of the experience and thinking of women's organizations engaged in peacebuilding on how - and why - they carry out impact assessment.