The Internet has a multitude of resources for peacebuilders. However, finding exactly what you need can be a daunting task and time consuming. We hope what we offer here and the way we have categorized these resources is helpful to you and your work.
A number of websites provide online indices that are helpful in looking at global trends in efforts toward building peace, whether that be positive indicators with respect to achieving peace or negative indicators regarding conflicts or terrorism. Listed here are some of those sites and their respective indicies.
We are grateful to Colleen Chiochetti who posted a larger list of indices on the PCDN website. Descriptions of these websites are primarily taken from her article. Be sure to let us know if there are any other websites with indicators you believe might be of interest to MPI alumni.
Use of new media and technolgy for peacebuilding, from monitoring conflict to peacebuilding games, is becoming increasingly common. In this category we present various technology that may be helpful for peacebuilders in their daily work, to learn more, to be safe and to have fun. This includes computer programs as well as apps for smart phones and tablets.
If you know of any other programs or apps that might be helpful, please let us know or submit a link here.
An emerging field, "environmental peacebuilding" deals with the intersection of peacebuilding and how we interact with our environment. This may include specific issues, such as climate change and how it exacerbates or results in conflicts or the more general interests of how living in harmony with our environment is as much a part of building peace as is living in harmony with our neighbors. Please be sure to share with us any websites or resources related to environmental peacebuilding.
Even after going through MPI's Annual Peacebuilding Training, you may be looking for materials and resources to help develop a localized training. There are a number of manuals and guides that are available online. Many of these resources are free, but some of them must be purchased. MPI does not endorse any of these manuals and has not necessarily used them during MPI's Annual Peacebuilding Training. Please be sure to review the materials before using them to assure they are culturally and pedagogically appropriate.
Three of the most important reasons for developing a good Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning system for any peacebuilding program is that it is the way to measure the impact of our interventions, it helps to create a learning environment among the team and with those with whom we work and it ensures effective operations. The following websites specifically deal with and/or offer resources for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, some general M,E&L tools and some specific to peacebuilding.
The links in this section are to websites that either directly offer online courses and webinars or aggregate opportunities for other organizations. We have put an emphasis on posting links to free opportunities, though some of these websites post both paid and free courses and webinars.