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Dialogical Engagement

At the heart of PaCSIA’s work is our participatory and dialogical approach to working with local partners which contributes to a better understanding of issues of conflict and peace through reflective practice, action research and participatory program design and evaluation.

Collaborative Research

By taking our research beyond the data, PaCSIA establishes a collaborative endeavour rooted in cultural nuance and multidisciplinary frameworks. The aim isn’t just to understand but also to connect, share knowledge, build relationships and create new and innovative ideas and approaches together.

Relational Peacebuilding

From the design phase through implementation to evaluation, the communities or stakeholders are active participants. At the heart of this process are underlying values of connection, mutual respect, openness and sharing of culture, values, food, art and stories.

Conflict Analysis

Like any effective intervention, PaCSIA’s approach starts with an in-depth analysis. Conflict mapping and analysis provide a bird’s-eye view of the underlying issues, making the invisible visible. But these processes also dig deep, uncovering the hidden dynamics that often fuel conflict.

Conflict Transformaton

PaCSIA’s conflict transformation interventions are multi-faceted, employing a range of methodologies from dialogue facilitation to mediation and workshops. Each of these avenues serves a specific purpose. Dialogues aim to open channels of communication, mediation and facilitation seek to find common ground, and workshops impart the skills needed for stakeholders to navigate their own paths to peace.

Capacity Building

Our training programs in conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, dialogue facilitation and cultural fluency are designed not just for the immediate stakeholders but extend to partners, service providers, and communities. By supporting groups of locally trained facilitators, we aim to establish mediative capacities and leave tracks in the sand even after we conclude a project.

Participatory Evaluation

By adopting participatory evaluation methods, we ensure that the communities involved have a say in judging the effectiveness of the interventions. This fosters a culture of reflective practice, ensuring that lessons learned are immediately integrated into ongoing and future activities.