The Peace Frequency: Episode 8

Guest: Lisa Schirch

Air Date: November 18, 2014

In this episode, we talk with Lisa Schirch from Alliance for Peacebuilding who offers her insight on peacebuilding around the world. What is peacebuilding? Who does it involve? What does it entail? Providing stories from her work around the world, Lisa also discusses the importance and sometimes obstacles of conducting a conflict analysis and the need to continually reassess it.

Featured Quotes from the Show

“Conflict Assessment is so important because if you get that wrong, you cannot anticipate the unintended impacts of your peacebuilding program might be. And all too often, people with great intent, end up causing even more division and conflict.”

“Conflict assessment is continuous. It’s an on going process it’s never perfect, but good enough is better than not at all.”

“We have to solve that problem by being humble, …approaching any peacebuilding design in a learning mode. If you have humility, you’re going to learn, monitor and evaluate your program as you go. You’re recognizing I don’t know what I don’t know and I have to keep asking questions and keep looking at whether I am really understanding the conflict.”

“What you really want to do in a conflict assessment is map the different ways that people see their conflict.”

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