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Demystifying Impact: Our Work for Change

In a context of peace building, the impact has become a key concept and a myth in this jungle where every look at his own work seems remotely guided and not adapted to everyday reality.

The SCP / Brot für die Welt program offers methods, examples and techniques to demystify impact and develop its own way of measuring and analyzing change.

We are interested in your reaction, your experiences and your analyzes in this field.

“In order to advance peace in the DRC and the Great Lakes Region, it is a matter of sustainably strengthening state and non-state civilian forces and agencies at the local, regional and national levels. This is a long-term task that must be rooted at the local level. This is a prerequisite for implementing non-violent conflict management initiatives and for seizing opportunities for lasting peace. (Strategic paper of the Civil Service for Peace in DR Congo, approved by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation, BMZ, see the full text in the appendix to this brochure).

Local actors are thus the essential bearers of any sustainable stabilization process. In an increasingly complex context, where work for stabilization and peace, emergency aid and development work often overlap on the same ground, local actors are at the center of often they master less and less. On the basis of decades of inadequate stewardship and aid inefficiency, donors and other decision-makers increasingly require monitoring and evaluation in accordance with their systems and vocabulary. Impact has become a key concept and a myth in this jungle where every look at his own work seems remotely guided and unsuitable for everyday reality. It is high time that local actors demystify the impact and take on this essential thing: they must develop a way of looking at and measuring the intended and unintended changes that they induce. It is an essential condition to develop appropriate strategies and to be more effective.

As far as the Civil Service for Peace is concerned, the professionals sent to the crisis zones are at the service of local organizations and institutions and must contribute to a more efficient work. Their work can take place in a wide range of fields (not necessarily in mediation or detraumatisation) provided that it is integrated into the efforts of local actors and allows progress towards changes that induce or reinforce stability and peace . We have to constantly question the usefulness of what we do where we are. We therefore need to look at the impacts on our entire SCP program to verify the direction and progress of our work. The impacts of networking and the interaction between actors are essential elements in a country so vast and so torn as the DRC as well as in the subregion.

In this first publication of our series “Building Peace”, the Civil Service for Peace in the Great Lakes Region (SCP / Brot für die Welt) presents methods, examples and techniques for demystifying the impact and developing one’s own to measure and analyze changes. The accompanying core of the SCP has worked with these methods in different parts of the DRC and would like to share them in order to see them applied, enriched and adapted in your various fields.

Enjoy reading and contact us with your experiences, reactions and suggestions.

Download the PDF file on this link

Flaubert Djateng Christiane Kayser Marie-José Mavinga


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