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Bringing together 10 years of useful lessons learned from UNDEF civil society projects

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Processes involved in resolving conflict can be a learning opportunity

The project did not treat these situations – conflicts and differences of opinion – as an educational exercise in acceptance, tolerance, and negotiation as well as it could have; had …
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Maximize resources by working with actors working on the same issues

Limited evidence obtained from baseline research compromised the general objective of the project. This meant that the project design showed a poor understanding of the broad project context and political …

When implementing projects with multiple activities combining logistical, analytical and presentational challenges, strong co-ordination and synchronization mechanisms can ensure effective delivery and flexibility.

The project has been of strategic importance to the grantee. The grant enabled them to produce new work and raise new issues and priorities that have served as a catalyst …

Civil society organizations with particular specializations and strengths in a given field should not shy away from being a “consultant body” for government, if the opportunity arises, provided institutional independence …

In the event of exceptional external circumstances – such as a peace agreement being delayed – production and/or dissemination of key outputs should be re-examined to ensure that timing is …

Projects related to a peace process, or other sensitive volatile context-related projects, may require “thinking the unthinkable”. Be innovative but include relevant mitigation measures in planning from the earliest stage. …

Communication and information are key tools in implementing peace agreements. The project demonstrated that civil society, through the media, can play an important role.

Sustainability is the Achilles’ heel of democracy projects. To ensure the continuation of services beyond the end of project funding, projects need to plan for sustainability from the start, as …

Relationship building with State agencies must take place at different levels. While the grantee focused its advocacy activities on the high-level officials responsible for making policy decisions, it is equally …