This chapter helps you to think through how to do the following:

  • Take a conflict-sensitive approach: Programming should begin with a robust analysis of what is happening on the ground and why, using this to inform programming to ensure that interventions 'do no harm' and support mechanisms that prevent conflict and build peace.
  • Define PVE: Ensure that there is a clear and shared understanding with UNDP and government and civil society partners of what PVE is from the outset
  • Understand and plan for risks: PVE programmes are a politically sensitive field of activity conducted in complex and volatile contexts. Any PVE programme should include regular risk management throughout the project cycle.
  • Understand gender dynamics: Gender identities, and how they intersect with other identity markers such as age, class, geographic location, sexual orientation, marital status, disability and ethno-religious background, determine people's positions of relative power or vulnerability. Understanding how diverse groups are affected will support PVE efforts.
  • Think through targeting: Build a process to think through the nature of how a community-level PVE programme selects beneficiaries and understand how the sensitivities and challenges around this.
  • Build capacity: Put in place a strategy for developing UNDP and partner personnel capacities, confidence and resources for M&E. This includes creating a culture of reflection and learning within a project team. Staff need to be able to discuss project successes and failures in a supportive environment.
  • Foster stakeholder engagement and participation: Conduct sound M&E calls for approaches that are participatory, engaging local and national partners and beneficiaries from communities affected by VE.