In recent years, our work has become more systematised and a common methodology and strategy has been developed. As part of this process, LPI has clarified its understanding of conflict transformation and how it is applied within the Institute’s programmes.

In essence, transformation refers to change, which can be understood in two fundamental ways and across four dimensions. From a research perspective, transformation refers to the effects that social conflict produces. From an action perspective, transformation implies deliberate intervention to effect change. In this instance, transformation refers to the goals of the conflict transformer as an intervener working with conflict.

Both of these perspectives are needed in order to ensure that the positive transformation of conflicts is well grounded in the local context. The four dimensions – personal, relational, cultural and structural – further help to refine action and research to improve the chances for people to live in peace and to be actors of peace. Please see the Planning Monitoring Evaluation &Learning (PME&L) tool for more details.

LPI supports local partners in becoming effective agents for conflict transformation in their local contexts, and offers them accompaniment in processes and methodologies of conflict transformation, research and analysis.

LPI also supports organisational and institutional development within its partner organisations. As a result of our capacity building efforts, our partners’ capacity to analyse and manage complex conflict dynamics at different levels, to perform coherent actions in their areas of engagement, as well as to mobilise actors likely to play a positive and complementary role in the transformation of conflicts, is to be enhanced.

While capacity building can take the form of workshops/formal training, we engage together with our partners in joint research and conflict transformation initiatives. The lessons learned from these experiences are further built on and developed through the cross-fertilisation of theory and practice.