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Use evidence to inform consensus building discussions

A particularly innovative feature of the project was planning, implementing and using the findings from a large-scale public opinion survey, based on a random sample of 3,000 individuals, drawn from …
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Involve experienced partners in setting project strategy for more coherence and impact

The grantee presented the project as a partnership with three other NGOs and a private commercial radio station. The partners clearly brought added value to the proposal because they had …

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 …