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.”

Questions and Comments

  • Sukariba Youdeowei

    Mine will be a question which goes thus; What does a committed peace-building personnel do in a conflict situation where the government of a country is biased towards one party in a conflict? This has bearing to the prevailing conflict between Fulani cattle headers and traditional local farmers in the middle belt and south/west and south/eastern Nigeria. Thus far every action of the federal government has been to encourage the rampaging Fulani herders to continue their land acquisition drive and decimate whole communities in the aforementioned areas.

    Thus far there has been no efforts at all by the Nigerian government to stop the rampaging Fulani herders. In over nine years of the conflict and mass killing of innocent farmers in the middle belt and other non-Fulani areas of Nigeria not a single arrest of a herder has been made. To worsen matters Miyeti Allah, a pan herders association of Nigeria has issued threats and warnings to farmers to vacate their ancestral homes for herders or face execution. Whole villages have been sacked and innumerable people killed in the process, yet the Nigerian government has not made a single arrest.