UK - Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM), public awareness component co-funded by Heinrich Boell Foundation;
This is a research initiative that gathers researchers and practitioners from both sides of dividing lines to explore local needs and perceptions of everyday peace in conflict-affected communities by employing an innovative Everyday Peace Indicators (EPI) methodology.
Through a unique partnership of local researchers, PMC Research and the storytelling platform INDIGO, the project aims to explore and strengthen local capacities for peace, to create a credible research base for advocating the practicality of peacebuilding, and to contribute to confidence-building in Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-South Ossetian contexts.
For this purpose, the project combines the following capacity-building and advocacy activities:
- Conducting EPI research in seven project sites, with the active engagement of local communities with a focus on the participation of women;
- Producing an evidence-based EPI research report, including a unique set of community-sourced qualitative indicators for designing and evaluating peace efforts;
- Building the capacity of local researchers and practitioners through training on EPI methodology;
- Producing the INDIGO special issue featuring “Everyday Peace Indicators” and “Practicality of Peacebuilding”; and
- Organizing everyday peace advocacy meetings.