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PCIA Activities

Peacebuild is currently conducting a review of Peace and Conflict Assessment experiences. On the PCIA section of this website, you can see a range of practitioner presentations under PCIA - Introductions and PCIA - Presentations. There is also a nacent PCIA bibliography.

Feel free to register on the site (right side bar) and comment on any introduction or presentation, or to post your thoughts on the forum (you need to be logged in to post).

We are also organizing the following events - let us know if you are interested in participant in any of them via teleconferencing (prevention[at]

1) International Studies Association (ISA), San Francisco, Saturday, April 6, 10:30am
Assessing the Impact of Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA): A Theorist-Practitioner Roundtable
Chair: Eric Abitbol, Vice-Chair, Peacebuild, Canada
As practice and tool, Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) has been ‘in development’ for some 15 years now. PCIA is rooted epistemologically to provide analysis of local relationships and conflicts and intent on preventing the emergence of conflict factors and the escalation of violence from ill-advised development practices. PCIA is situated to provide guidance such that development interventions support peaceable relations and relationship-building within a given socio-political context. Yet, PCIA remains an embattled practice, often relying on the advocacy of potentially affected actors for implementation. Once adopted, PCIA cannot be assumed to ensure more harmonious relations between development and peace. Evidence suggests that advice proffered through PCIAs is sometimes shaped, ignored or intentionally sidelined. Nonetheless, PCIA has contributed to shaping development initiatives to reflect strategic and programmatic concern for relational equity and peacebuilding more broadly. There are important lessons to be learned from evaluating the uptake and implementation of PCIA (and the related practice of ‘Conflict Sensitivity’) with specific concern for development in violent conflict and post-conflict environments. The current roundtable locates such evaluation in critical and reflexive experience-sharing among theorists and practitioners engaged in PCIA-related work.
2) May 22-24, PCIA Conference at York University, Toronto
The conference will include the 8 authors involved in our PCIA project and other experts and will contribute to the development of a PCIA community of practice committed to the critical development of PCIA theory and practice.
3) A number of online dialogue sessions with the participants in the PCIA project and others. Let us know if you would like to be on our list for the next dialogue.

Produced with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

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