The politics of donor evaluation requirements: A practitioner’s reflections

By George Wachira, NPI-Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya

My reflections are from the perspective of a practitioner, having been involved in peacebuilding practice for the last eighteen years. NPI-Africa, the organization I work with, has had for a number of years now the privilege of accompanying organizations, individuals, and communities in peacebuilding in varying contexts in Africa.

It has been apparent to me and to some of my practitioner colleagues that traditional notions of evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives may not be fully appropriate to the peacebuilding endeavor as we understand it, thus raising the challenge for the peace researcher and practitioner communities to come up with methodologies and approaches that resonate well with what is being evaluated.

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