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Success Indicators

Indicators of the success or failure of Peacebuilding work are not readily available. The complexity of such work is either underestimated, or success is defined by the results in the resolution of a particular conflict. Such expectations are a recipe for feelings of failure, despair, apathy, dis-empowerment and the belief that ‘I/we cannot do anything about it’.  Success in Peacebuilding work is a long-term process and should not be evaluated by whether the goal has been achieved or not, but instead, by the progress that has been made on the road towards peace.

We wish to invite our stakeholders, to reflect on how the Peacebuilding Civil Society was when we first started seventeen years ago. Then, compare the with today’s proliferation of Peace Groups; their collective skills and methodologies, and the wisdom that has been acquired. Add to this the legitimacy and acceptance that we have gained in our society and you will no doubt agree that we have come a long way.

The particular local social customs and the close family relations, make the attendance and participation of the general public in social change civil society activities very low. Given that human development and social change work demands long hours of physical attendance at the expense of family and other social events, there is a need to find alternative ways to facilitate public participation. Therefore, special effort will be given to taking the activities to the local communities and other places of social life