Making the difference in peacebuilding, security and development - RBM and beyond - (DCAF-ISSAT, GCSP, SAS) - Geneva, Switzerland

Tuesday 09 July 2019 Session

09 July - 12 July 2019


Policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development still lack critical skills in results-based management (RBM) and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL). This course, now in its 9th year, provides skills development in these disciplines, with results-based approaches and theories of change, as well as the implementation of monitoring and evaluation.


GCSP, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2D, Geneva, Switzerland


The course consists of instruction in essential tools and techniques, current lessons from the field (case studies), guidance from experts, and handson practice developing skills for peace, security and development programmes. About 40% of the course time is spent in a small group setting working on relevant problems

Course modules include:

  • RBM, results and impacts
  • gender analysis
  • theories of change
  • evaluation questions and design
  • indicators and data gathering
  • theories of change for the complex domain


This course is designed to build the skills of practitioners who already work in results-based management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, or complexity, in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development:

  • national development, peace and security officials, representatives from local and international development, political and security agencies
  • technical advisors/programme officers from UN and other relevant agencies
  • key policy makers from violence-affected countries
  • officials from security and development agencies from donor countries
  • independent experts and specialists in the peace sector

The needs of individuals from both public and nongovernmental institutions will be addressed.


Applications must be made before Friday 29 March 2019 and be sent to

All applicants must include:

  • The completed application form;
  • A 150 word (max) biography;
  • A 200 word (max) summary of a problem relevant to the course (see instructions below).

Summary of a problem relevant to the course: the work in small groups will be based on actual issues submitted. The problem should fall within the following categories:

  1. Challenge of thinking through a coherent approach, planning for results, defining (and updating) theories of change, understanding the context and identifying assumptions, investing time in defining and collecting baseline data (challenges of planning before work starts).
  2. Challenge of setting-up and using a MEL system, collecting the data for indicators, costs of the collection of data in difficult environments, using the information from the MEL system, especially ensuring that the “learning” is effectively used by decision-makers (challenges of MEL).
  3. Challenge of monitoring and evaluating outcomes and impact, and learning from these results; going beyond measuring what is done to identifying the difference that is achieved, using evidence-based results (challenges about making a difference with RBM).
  4. Challenge of applying RBM and MEL tools in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and security sector reform (challenges of the complex domain).


The course is offered free of charge. All other expenses including travel, lodging, and health insurance are the responsibility of the participant.

09 July - 12 July 2019 (4 days)