We support peacebuilders to produce, analyse and share quantitative and qualitative data about conflict and peace.
We have adapted two methodologies – participatory video and participatory polling – to the specific needs of peacebuilders, developed tools and resources for practitioners, and worked to adapt them to different conflict contexts.
We support our participatory video methodology with a free Participatory Video for Peacebuilding guide.
Project Tripod in the Philippines
Throughout 2018 and 2019, Build Up worked with International Alert’s youth network to train two cohorts of youth leaders in participatory video and strategic communications. The project accompanied the production of seven short films that tackle urgent issues faced by the youth and their communities: migration (from Mindanao to urban areas such as Metro Manila), discrimination, flooding, disintegrating indigenous culture and traditions, clan feuding, and violent extremism. Since production, the films have been showcased to diverse audiences through community screenings in Quezon City in Metro Manila, Matanog and Parang in Maguindanao, Indanan in Sulu and IDP camps in Marawi. These have also featured prominently in Alert’s social media campaigns, raising awareness with more than 60,000 views and galvanizing action.
Support to the Political Transition in the Central African Republic
In December 2015, USIP began a year-long project to support the political transition in the Central African Republic. USIP contracted Build Up to design and facilitate a community-based art methodology that would serve as both a form of qualitative research and a more inclusive method for participating citizens to share their perspectives on security sector reform and the disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and repatriation process with national leaders.
Cross-Border Dialogue through Participatory Video in South Sudan
Supported by the VISTAS program, the Dinka-Misseriya Joint Border Peace Committee in Northern Bahr ElGhazal state works to reinvigorate cross-border economic ties, restore and improve relationships, and address divisions between the communities on both sides of the Sudan – South Sudan border. In support of the Committee’s work, Build Up ran a participatory video initiative aimed at bringing young men and women into this process as peace actors in their own right.
Participatory Assessment of Accountability and Public Action in Niger
Build Up is working with the Prime Minister’s Office in Niger to design a participatory process to evaluate public action. Instead of primarily relying on macro-economic indicators, the Office wants to base its assessment on people’s and Majors’ evaluation of the effectiveness of public interventions. This new system is also intended to create a pathway for citizens to hold public officials to account.
Participatory Baseline Assessment in Burkina Faso
Build Up is working with Interpeace to design and implement a participatory quantitative baseline assessment of the state of peace and social cohesion in Burkina Faso.
Participatory Justice Barometer in Mali
With the support of Interpeace, Build Up is supporting IMRAP to establish a participatory barometer on the governance of justice in Mali.
Participatory Justice Barometer in Guinea Bissau
With the support of Interpeace, Build Up supported Voz di Paz to design and implement a participatory barometer, a process of action-research in which the public is engaged from the conception of the questionnaire until the implementation of the survey and the data analysis. The barometer aims to capture the citizens perceptions and experiences with the formal and traditional justice and to encourage discussions around the topics covered. The collected data can serve as an instrument to face the challenges related to the justice sector, improve the governance and strengthen the capacities of the citizens, authorities and civil society organisations operating nationwide.
Somali Region Participatory Polling
With the support of Interpeace, Build Up worked with three local research organizations—the Academy for Peace and Development, the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and the Puntland Development Research Center—to design and implement participatory polling methodologies.
Support to Sudanese Civil Society
The Sudanese Development Initiative SUDIA actively incorporates technology into its peacebuilding and civil society empowerment programs. It runs a Community Communications System that combines SMS, online mapping and radio to disseminate information in remote communities at risk of conflict. Build Up supported the design and maintenance of this system, as well as collaborated on training for civil society.