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The International Peace Institute and the Carnegie Corporation are pleased to invite you to a lunchtime policy forum event to discuss the need for a participatory approach to measuring peace. The event will take place at IPI on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 1:00pm to 2:45pm.

Opening remarks:
Dr. Stephen Del Rosso, Program Director, International Peace & Security, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Speakers:
Prof. Pamina Firchow, Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Prof. Séverine Autesserre, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
Mr. Graeme Simpson, Director, Interpeace USA
Ms. Michelle Breslauer, Program Director, Americas, Institute for Economics & Peace

Moderator:
Ms. Lesley Connolly, Senior Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute

We know that local communities—those most directly impacted and living the realities of violent conflict—are the experts on the problems they face, and that they know best what solutions are needed to make peace possible for their communities. They are the ones who notice the small changes that make up peace, and they should be the ones who define what peace means in their context, what signs in daily life determine whether the community is at peace, and what changes are needed to achieve this. The inclusion of local perspectives in building and sustaining peace is a central tenant of the UN’s approach to Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace. In order to operationalize this line of thinking there is a need for greater understanding among international peacebuilding practitioners and policymakers of the work of local peacebuilders in building and sustaining peace.

The event will focus on the Everyday Peace Indicators (EPI) project and the upcoming book, drawing from the EPI project, by Pamina Firchow—Reclaiming Everyday Peace: Local Voices in Measurement and Evaluation after War. The findings of this work suggest that current international peacebuilding efforts are not very effective at achieving peace by local standards because disproportionate attention is paid to reconstruction, governance and development assistance while little attention is paid to community ties and healing. As an alternative, the EPI project advocates for an approach which seeks to assist communities, practitioners and policymakers to question the assumptions that lie behind the existing peacebuilding measurement system that may promote an over-dependence on external interveners, and allows us to better understanding changes in difficult-to-measure concepts like reconciliation and peace.

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