Pre-Program Activities: Conflict Analysis and Participant Selection
Resolve always partners with local organizations to recruit and train community implementers who work side by side with Resolve staff. As part of our commitment to true community empowerment and securing the sustainability of our peacebuilding results, we are dedicated to building the capacity of community members to continue building upon our progress and implement peacebuilding programming themselves in the future.
The first step of any Resolve program is to work with local partners and stakeholders to conduct a rigorous conflict analysis and baseline survey; we use this research to better understand the specific context, conflict dynamics, and community needs. Over the course of the conflict analysis, we interview hundreds of people representing important perspectives – with equitable representation of all ethnic and social groups present in the community. Resolve takes particular care to include all vulnerable or marginalized groups in this process, as their voices are often overshadowed. Based upon the findings of our thorough conflict analysis, we structure our program to strategically address community peacebuilding needs and avoid the typical traps of humanitarian interventions, such as reinforcing existing divisions.
Usually, we directly work with 500 participants in the first tier of the project, along with engaging with the larger community in tier two. Beneficiaries are selected from individuals in the community most affected by conflict and at highest risk for recruitment or re-recruitment into armed groups. The groups are always ethnically representative of the community, at least 50% women, and beneficiaries typically range in age from 17-30 years old. In the past year, we worked with more than 4,500 direct beneficiaries in Tier 1, over 50,000 beneficiaries in Tier 2 and 3, and have had countless community members benefit from the results of the Community Peacebuilding Action Plans.