Designing for Impact:
Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding and Development Programming

  • Advanced professional training
  • October 21–25
  • Cluj-Napoca
  • € 850,- (OECD) | € 650,- (non-OECD)
  • 10% discount for former IPDTC alumni​
  • 20% discount for groups of 3 or more​

About the programme

Designing for Impact is an intensive training programme designed for agencies, organisations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilisation and recovery who wish to to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainable impact of their programmes – including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, social, economic and political stabilisation, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in over 40 countries, Designing for Impact represents the most advanced training programme of its kind for policymakers, practitioners, government officials and donors internationally.

There is a gap between the scale of people’s efforts and investment, the huge number of programmes, activities and organisations in the field, and the impact this is all having on peacebuilding and sustainable post-war recovery and stabilisation. This programme has been designed to close that gap. It is practical and operational, designed for policy makers, donors and practitioners, and those dealing with the daily challenges of peacebuilding, development and recovery in areas affected by war and violence. Unlike almost every programme in the field today, it draws from across the entire breadth of operational experience, lessons learned and practical methodologies – doing so in a way that has been designed to enable agencies and organisations to go in-depth into their work and how they are doing it, coming out with better designs, better approaches, and with real effects.

Participants will

  • Draw upon best practices and lessons learned in peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programme development and implementation to improve the planning and implementation of their programmes
  • Work through all stages of programme development, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and follow-through using own cases and programmes
  • Develop effective, customised processes relevant for their organisations’ missions and the needs and contexts in which they are working
  • Improve applied conflict and situation analysis and conflict intelligence to support better design of peacebuilding, development and post-war recovery programmes which can operate effectively and contribute to transforming the root causes and impacts of the conflict
  • Develop improved skills for designing relevant and appropriate programme and engagement strategies and activities, including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, social, economic and political stabilisation, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development
  • Improve relevance, appropriateness and coherence of your programmes with needs and contexts
  • Address key issues in peacebuilding and post-war recovery and how they impact programming and implementation, including: sustainability, ownership, challenges and collapse of peace and recovery processes, impact and effectiveness, gender, human rights, stabilisation and security, multi-track engagement
  • Better integrate appropriate and effective design, planning, development, and monitoring and evaluation tools into the work of your organisation/agency
  • Support local capacity development and strengthening community and national ownership
  • Design peacebuilding and conflict transformation interventions for specific communities and sectors: including conflict party leadership, national and cultural groups, youth, women, media, businesses
  • Develop tools to assist your organisation, institution or agency for short, medium, and long-term engagements

Key Skills

  • Strategic planning and foresight
  • Situation and conflict analysis, intelligence
  • Programme design, development and implementation, especially in peacebuilding and post-conflict contexts
  • Programme monitoring & evaluation
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Design & implementation for sustainable results and impact

For more information, please send an e-mail to: [email protected].