Introduction to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Peacebuilding Practitioners
Joan McGregor and Mohammad Tamim Ebrahimi
October 25 to November 17, 2021 | Monday and Wednesday
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Philippine Time [GMT+8]
Prerequisite: Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or an equivalent course or experience.
This course approaches monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) from a learning perspective and introduces theories of change, indicators, monitoring, evaluation, learning design, and tools for reflective practice. The course is designed to enable participants to practice evaluative thinking; design better projects; monitor, evaluate, and learn from those projects more regularly and effectively; engage with evaluation more thoroughly; and improve practice and accountability to all concerned parties.
Joan McGregor has been working in the field of conflict transformation for more than 40 years. Her engagement in conflict transformation started with work against apartheid in her home country of South Africa. Joan has a Master’s Degree in Peace and Reconciliation from Coventry University in the UK. She is currently working freelance as a conflict transformation practitioner, undertaking consultancies for clients.
Prior to this, Joan was a full-time Peace and Conflict Advisor at Responding to Conflict (RTC) in Birmingham, UK where her work encompassed managing, developing, and facilitating RTC's program of courses and designing and delivering consultancy work. The consultancies included tailor-made training and participatory learning programs for practitioners of conflict transformation, development, and humanitarian assistance from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Joan's expertise covers participatory approaches to conflict analysis, strategic planning, mediation and negotiation, conflict sensitivity tools and methodologies, monitoring and appraisal, lesson learning, training of trainers, and counseling. In 2017, Joan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham in recognition of her contribution to conflict transformation internationally. Joan has been with MPI since 2014.
Mohammad Tamim Ebrahimi is the Peacebuilding Project Manager of International Assistance Mission (IAM), a non-profit Christian development non-governmental organization working in Afghanistan since 1966. In this role, he manages various programs spread over six provinces and regions in Afghanistan on community development, mental health, female-teacher education, and capacity development of project partners. Tamim has been working to integrate and mainstream different aspects of peacebuilding into IAM’s projects and programs for the last eight years. This includes designing project trainings with peacebuilding components, such as Do No Harm, conflict resolution skills, and trauma healing. Since 2018, he has focused on building the capacities of schools and universities in Afghanistan, beginning in Kabul, to mainstream peace education through training and curriculum development.
Tamim has a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Programme at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Siem Reap, Cambodia.