Looking at the whole lifecycle of technological hardware to build peace (by Marianne Perez de Fransius)

Marianne Perez de Fransius is founder of Peace is Sexy & Peace Superheroes

“It seems to me that there’s a deontological question we have to address here: how can we keep talking about using technology to build peace while ignoring the very real conflicts that the development of this technological hardware produces? Whether it is the violence around the mining of coltan in DR Congo to make necessary parts for phones or the widening economic gap, a key early warning indicator, that is being created in Mozambique as a result of the extractive industry, to more and more technology taxing energy grids in many places, further disenfranchising some sectors of the population not to mention the harmful environmental impact and a host of other issues?” That is the question that I asked of the “Introducing Tech to Traditional Peacebuilding” panel on Saturday afternoon of the Build Peace 2015 conference.

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Beyond Monitoring and Evaluation (by Matthew Levinger)

Matthew Levinger is Research Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He directs the National Security Studies Program, an executive education program for senior officials from the U.S. government and its international partners, as well as the Master of International Policy and Practice Program at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Before joining GW, he was Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace and Founding Director of the Academy for Genocide Prevention at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Complex adaptive systems require tight feedback loops, in order to adjust in an agile manner to new information and changing conditions in the environment. Yet many large institutions—governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and transnational corporations—are still organized as centralized hierarchies operating with industrial command-and-control mechanisms, including rigid protocols for Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E).

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