LPI realises the need to bridge the gap between the broad theoretical knowledge base at the academic level and the more practical dimension of transforming conflict on the ground. LPI is therefore developing a more concerted approach grounded in a cross-fertilisation of conflict transformation theory and practice. The expected outcome of this two-way process is to improve the practice and methodology of LPI, its partners, and the wider community of conflict transformation practitioners, academia and donors.

Through this approach LPI is working to ensure that lessons from all of our programmes are drawn from and analysed at the regional level as well as locally. While our systematic approach to Planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning puts learning in the centre, monitoring and evaluation also serve as tools to ensure that the work of LPI and its partners are well documented and form a basis from which lessons are learned. When needed, pertinent results are translated and disseminated in an appropriate format depending on the target group.

LPI and its partners need to learn from each others’ experiences. Thus, LPI gathers, assesses, and processes relevant theories and experiences from other contexts and organisations with the aim of communicating them to its partners and within LPI. In order to achieve a mutually beneficial sharing of experiences, we are establishing and further developing strategic partnerships with relevant institutions such as universities and academic institutions, faith-based organisations, and networks and other peacebuilding organisations.