What do we know about interventions to build peaceful societies? What don't we know?

Over 1.8 billion people, close to a quarter of the world’s population and its most vulnerable, live in fragile contexts. Estimates suggest that by 2030 over 80 per cent of the world’s poorest will be living in fragile contexts. With increasing resources dedicated to addressing fragility and conflict, there is a growing demand for high quality evidence to support policymaking and programming to build peaceful societies.

Start Date: 30 April 2020 End Date: 30 April 2020
Building peaceful societies: An evidence gap map

Speakers: Ada Sonnenfeld, evaluation specialist, 3ie
Discussant: Prof. Tilman Brück, Founder and director, ISDC - International Security and Development Center;
Henriette Sachse, Department of Transitional Development Assistance, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Chair: Marie Gaarder, executive director, 3ie.
Time: 12:30-14:00 BST

The webinar will present findings from the new evidence gap map (EGM) of interventions to build peaceful societies, a partnership between 3ie and the German Institute for Development Evaluation ( DEval ) made possible with generous support from BMZ. The EGM maps out the evidence base of 275 studies — impact evaluations and systematic reviews — that address efforts to build peaceful societies in fragile contexts. In this webinar, Ada Sonnenfeld, lead author of the study, will present the key findings of the project and share tips on how to use the online, interactive EGM and its findings to improve peacebuilding programming and research.

About the Evidence Gap Map

Fragility has expensive, long-term consequences and trying to build peace in situations of protracted conflicts is becoming the norm. Around 40 percent of Official Development Assistance (ODA) -- upwards of USD 56 billion -- is invested in fragile contexts. Evidence gap maps (EGMs) help improve the effectiveness of policymaking, programming and research by identifying where evidence exists that should be used in programme design, and where the gaps are that should be addressed in future research. Applying a broad conceptualisation of peacebuilding, grounded in the concept of human security, the Building Peaceful Societies EGM examined the evidence base for over 40 different interventions against 18 different outcomes associated with governance, social cohesion, violence reduction, human security, and/or resilience. Drawing on the analysis of 275 studies, the EGM reveals concentrations of evidence, where we may know more than we think and key gaps where limited or no evidence exists.

This EGM was developed in collaboration with the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) with generous support from BMZ.