Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Strengthening Citizen Participation on Critical Social Issues to Prevent Conflict

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Search for Common Ground, Alpha International, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Strengthening Citizen Participation on Critical Social Issues to Prevent Conflict was a 2-year project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and which was carried out in partnership with Ma’an Network, a local Palestinian News Agency. The project aimed to create and/or strengthen the mechanisms for citizens’ participation in policy making on critical social issues; it secondly sought to strengthen constructive engagement between civil society and local authorities on critical social issues.

The report demonstrates that the project achieved its goals and indeed exceeded all expectations through the implementation of several activities, most notably the creation of an innovative reality TV show. After watching the reality show, 91.4% of the respondents in survey agreed the format of reality TV was an innovative way to encourage political and social dialogue. This was an external evaluation done by Alpha International.