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Challenging the international peacebuilding evaluation discourse with qualitative methodologies


  • Denskus, Tobias


Monitoring and evaluating international peacebuilding efforts have become more sophisticated over the past years, but still relies on managerial approaches that often do not capture the complexity of war, peace and the grey areas in between. The article argues that organizations should embrace qualitative approaches more widely and introduces ethnographic vignettes as one example to explain the complexity of post-conflict situations. By understanding the personal dimension, the life- and work-styles of international peacebuilders, the current evaluation discourse can become more meaningful-both for organizational learning and sustainable peace efforts on the ground. The article ends by highlighting some approaches that deserve more attention and that promise to help to critically enhance current and future debates about the evaluation of peacebuilding.

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  • Denskus, Tobias, 2012. "Challenging the international peacebuilding evaluation discourse with qualitative methodologies," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 148-153.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:35:y:2012:i:1:p:148-153
    DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2010.11.006

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    1. Benedetta Rossi, 2004. "Revisiting Foucauldian Approaches: Power Dynamics in Development Projects," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(6), pages 1-29.
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