PeaceNexus Foundation

First OD Peer-Learning Event

March 6, 2018

On January 18-19th PeaceNexus convened a group of sixteen consultants that are providing organisational development support to its partner organisations at the Chateau de Bossey.

While each engagement is unique and confidential, the purpose of this first OD peer-learning event was to create an opportunity to jointly explore challenges, insights and learnings that derive from such assignments.

The agenda included discussions on the specificity of providing organisational development support to peacebuilding actors and the challenges of embedding conflict-sensitivity in both the programming and the operations of multi-mandate organisations. The group also explored the challenges of measuring the impact of organisational change processes.  Finally, the event was an opportunity to discuss the PeaceNexus approach which creates a triangular relationship between the partner organisation, the consultant and PeaceNexus. This model has proved to be very effective in leveraging change. It however requires mutual trust and a shared understanding of each other’s roles.

The main take-away from the two days was that collective learning and connecting is much valued and needed in the field of organisational development for peacebuilding organisations. PeaceNexus will integrate the insights gained in its future practice, for example in the PeaceNexus 2018 Joint Call scheduled for May 2018.

This first gathering led to a mapping of the dilemmas posed by organisational development processes for peacebuilding champions and in conflict-affected contexts. Participants recommended for subsequent editions to focus more on specific challenges and case-studies. PeaceNexus has committed to hosting a peer learning event for consultants once a year in the future.