Learning to support analysis and best practice

We encourage learning and make our resources available to peace practitioners, so that they are better able to monitor and manage conflict. We aim to do this by: 


  • Undertaking society-specific research and analysis of conflicts;
  • Facilitating collaborative learning processes on effective peacebuilding practice;
  • Assisting others to assess and maximise their own contribution to stability, growth, and peace.



Conflict Sensitivity Considerations Relating to the COVID-19 Response in Libya
This brief report focuses on potential conflict sensitivity considerations relating to the COVID-19 response in Libya, developed as part of the Conflict Sensitive Assistance (CSA) in Libya forum. The note is intended as a resource to aid assistance planners and project staff to take conflict sensitivity implications into account when preparing to respond to COVID-19. PCi will seek to incorporate additional conflict sensitivity considerations as they evolve and will review periodically as appropriate.

Download the report in English here.

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Armenia: Training Manual to Promote Action Plans for Youth Engagement in Governance
The “Progressing Youth Participation in Armenia on Governance and Peace” project, supported by PCi and funded by the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund has produced a Training Manual in Armenian. It is composed of four modules focused on:
  1. Basic concepts related to peace, conflict and peacebuilding
  2. Conflict management
  3. Governance and decision-making
  4. How Theory and Practice relate to UN Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security
The Training Manual will support users to: (1) Increase understanding of peacebuilding together with the basics of conflict transformation (2) Develop communication skills in support of non-violent dialogue (3)Improve understanding of approaches and tools related to decision-making in line with UNSCR 2250, promoting the development of action plans for youth engagement in governance.

Download the Training Manual in Armenian here.

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Conflict Sensitivity Considerations Relating to Local Governance Assistance in Libya
This brief report focuses on common conflict-sensitivity considerations relating to assistance provided to local municipalities in Libya and is intended to inform practical policy, programme design and implementation. Conflict sensitivity recognises that we cannot separate our humanitarian, development and political assistance activities from the peace and conflict context in which we work. The considerations represent issues faced practically by implementers and were identified through consultations and PCi’s broader peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity work in Libya.

Download the report in English here.

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Understanding Dialogue in Ukraine: A survey-based study, Analytical Report 2018
A survey of participants in track-three dialogues was conducted between March and April 2018 by the Mediation and Dialogue Research Center, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, with support from PCI. 109 respondents – dialogue participants excluding facilitators and conveners – from 17 oblasts of Ukraine took part in the survey and provided information on 157 dialogues conducted by 66 different organisations in 2014-2018. 


The goal of the study was to obtain quantitative data in order to test hypotheses developed during an earlier study about patterns and risks relating to track-three dialogues in Ukraine. The hypotheses were developed in a 2016-2017 research project: see Kyselova, Tatiana & von Dobeneck, Julia, Track III Dialogues in Ukraine: Major Patterns and Resulting Risks, Research Based Policy Paper, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Center for Peace Mediation, Frankfurt/Oder (2017), http://www.peacemediation.de.

Click here to view the Research Report (full) in English or Ukrainian or the Research Report (Summary) in English or Ukrainian

Communication Pack to Promote SPLD Methodology Developed for Libya
A Communication Pack has been developed by PCi to support Trainer Mentors in Libya to design and implement actions aimed to promote PCi’s Social Peace and Local Development (SPLD) methodology in key locations across the country.
For more information on the communication pack, please contact: general@peacefulchange.org   


Download the Communication Pack Flyer in English and Arabic here.


Libya Case Study: Ubari Social Peace Partnership
In 2015, PCi supported the  establishment of a conflict sensitive mechanism known as the Social Peace Partnership in Ubari, following successful delivery of a Social Peace and Local Development Programme in 2014. 20 Social Peace Partnerships are now established across Libya. This case study outlines the active role that the Ubari Social Peace Partnership has played to reduce tensions and prevent outbreak of violent conflict. 


Download the case study here



WEBINAR: Conflict Sensitivity in remote programming
In this webinar, PCi’s Senior Advisors, Lesley McCulloch and Anthony Foreman, shared key findings of a new PCi report on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned of mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in remote programming contexts. They discussed the evolution of the remote programming model employed in Syria and Libya, where PCi works to support and build the capacity of local leaders to manage conflict.

Ukraine: a peacebuilding agenda to bridge the divide
This Policy Briefing, published in January 2017, reflects on the present situation in the east of Ukraine as experienced by the populations on both sides of the line of contact in the east – in the NGCA of LNR and DNR, and with areas under government control. The paper seeks to contextualise these differing experiences and offers a set of recommendations, with the aim of proposing a peacebuilding agenda for local and international organisations. 
Download the Briefing



Supporting community peace resources in Syria
PCi is providing support to community peace resources – those individuals and organisations involved in local initiatives to prevent, manage and resolve conflict.
The first of this work was to map such peace resources. In March 2014, and PCi captured learning from this research and outlined an agenda for supporting the development and strengthening of community-level resources for peace in Syria.
Download the report in English or Arabic





Policy Briefing: Effective local peace initiatives and inclusive national peace negotiations in Syria
This briefing highlights key lessons learned about the challenges that community-level peace resources face in effectively mitigating conflict in Syria, as well as the aspirations that communities hold for more inclusive peace processes.
Download the Briefing



Transformational Leadership and conflict management in Libya
PCi worked with Libyan communities to foster transformational leaders able to manage the conflicts affecting their communities. This work was conducted for the European Union, as part of its support to civil society in Libya, and delivered through EUNIDA. 


Lessons learned from the project, as well as the training material used, were made public in June 2014. ​A short video was also released, giving an insight into the challenges and role of local leaders in building peace in Libya.

Download the Report
Download the Training Guide (English) | Training Guide (Arabic)








TEDx Talk:
“Peace can be a dirty word”
Fleur Just, one of PCi’s founding directors, challenges common assumptions made about peacebuilding and conflict prevention in a TEDx Talk in April 2013 – advocating more realistic approaches to addressing conflict.

Social Peace and Local Development handbook
A cross-government Working Group on Social Peace and Local Development, hosted by the Ministry of Local Government, has been working since May 2013 to identify how local government and community leaders can promote social peace, both in terms of ‘how’ they work together, and in terms of ‘what’ services and development projects they should support. 


The result is a handbook designed to provide a guide for local government bodies and community leaders on how they can work in partnership to promote social peace and development in Libya. It does this by outlining a six-step process, with practical tools for each step.

Download the HANDBOOK in English or Arabic







A peacebuilding agenda for Libya
Libyan society is undergoing significant change as a result of the revolution / conflict in 2011, bringing substantial opportunities for a more inclusive political system and more accountable security services. At the same time, the revolution / conflict has weakened relationships between some communities in Libya, as well as exposing longer term inter-communal conflicts. As such, successful transition depends on a comprehensive peacebuilding approach that assists communities to share perspectives, overcome grievances and map out a common future. PCI and AFAQ Libya have developed a policy brief that outlines an agenda for such an approach in Libya.

Download the POLICY BRIEF in English and Arabic





Understanding the relationships between communities and armed groups in Libya
In March and April 2012, the Peaceful Change initiative and AFAQ Libya undertook research at the community level in nine target areas along coastal Libya to help inform planning for the development and democratisation of security provision, so that such processes:
1) are responsive to the needs of local communities;
2) are ‘conflict sensitive’, in that they do not result in increased tensions or a return to violence;
3) provide a platform for future reconciliation between different interest groups in the country.
Download the REPORT in English or Arabic





Community-based approaches to security
PCI was invited by the international non-governmental organisation Saferworld to give a presentation on lessons learned on community security as a peacebuilding strategy at a workshop hosted by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in September 2012. While the workshop comprised civil society from across the Caucasus, the presentation also drew on experiences in other contexts. Download



City Charters for Peace in Bani Walid and Sirte
Some Libyan communities are still struggling with low levels of human security and local development following the 2011 revolution. PCi supported the Forum of Experts in Bani Walid and the Sirte Foundation for Charity Work and Human Development to agree local peace charters that provide clear plans for how to achieve peace. The process of developing these plans involved consultation with and dialogue between different groups in each community. 


Download the Bani Walid (Arabic) and Sirte charters




Not opensource resources
Conflict & Peace indicators (On-going). Reports of bi-monthly analysis of ‘Conflict & Peace’ trends, by international representatives in Libya.
Conflict in Change analysis of Libya (Feb. 2012).Participatory analysis with civil society from Benghazi and Tripoli, and hosted by the Benghazi-based youth organisation Bokra.
Security issues and challenges facing women in Syria (March 2013). Participatory analysis with women activists on how the conflict impacts their security.
Building sustainable peace in Kufra (July 2013). Assessment of conflict dynamics in Kufra, as the basis for planning initiatives that help to build peace. Conducted with the Libyan Humanitarian Aids Mission.

Assisting others

We have worked with others to provide support to:
UNDP’s COBERM project to build capacity for confidence building amongst civil society actors in Georgia and Abkhazia;
Creative Associates’ Libyan civil society network on effective projects during the transition;
Eurasia Partnership Foundation for their cross-border work in the Caucasus;
Saferworld and the Association of Women of South Ossetia for their work on community-based approaches to security in South Ossetia;
The Voice of Libyan Women and Saferworld in undertaking research on women’s perspectives of security in Libya.
We also provided trainings, together with Saferworld, in Conflict Sensitivity for SIDA and EU officials.