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On the 17th of April Integrity officially moved into our new office space in the west wing of Somerset House. Since the Inland Revenue moved the last of their operations from this prestigious building it has become a hub of activity for dynamic young companies, social entrepreneurs and creative organisations. Integrity will be rubbing shoulders with film and music foundations as well as PR and journalism organisations, research companies and charities. We are delighted to be joining such a vibrant business community. Moreover, now that the British summer is finally blossoming, our team is delighted to invite partners and clients to join us here and enjoy outdoor meetings on the terrace overlooking the river Thames.
In March Integrity CEO Anthony Ellis and Conflict Specialist Dr James Khalil attended CDA Collaborative Learning Projects' DFID-funded Reflecting on Peace Practise Programme. The training took place in Barcelona in partnership with the the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center.
It comprised an intensive five day series of lectures, scenarios and training exercises regarding strategic programming in peace-building. Concepts and frameworks were introduced and examined including an approach to conflict analysis, programme strategy development, theories of change and evaluation of programme impact.
At Integrity we continue to evolve our integrated approach to conflict analysis, theory of change and design, monitoring and evaluation. CDA's inputs have been a well-timed opportunity to evaluate the merits of existing methodologies and approaches. Integrity continues to embed the concepts and processes around Do No Harm, and conflict and context sensitivity into our own research and implementation and those of our partners and clients.
Dr Khalil and Integrity's Head of Design Monitoring and Evaluation Martine Zeuthen are leading on this method development. Nuanced, localised and multi-lens conflict analysis and assessment are a key offering from Integrity in this context as exampled by our recent and freely available Strategic Conflict Assessment comparing the drivers of conflict in both Mon and Kachin states in Myanmar.
The workshop focused on Syria’s emerging civil administrations, the focus of ongoing research for Integrity.
Following a presentation on the structures, challenges and dynamics facing these emerging administrations a general discussion was held with participants including representatives from the Foreign Office, Saferworld, Amnesty, Conciliation Resources, the London School of Economics, Transnational Crisis Project and Chatham House.
The group was asked to come up with practical measures that could support the new local administration councils. During the final plenary discussion Tristan presented six points proposed from the group:
Michael Ryder, former UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, came to Integrity as the guest speaker for a workshop on the transition and emerging trends within Sudan and South Sudan.
Leading UK diplomatic engagement with Sudan during the 2011 referendum on independence and the subsequent formation of South Sudan, Michael is therefore uniquely placed to highlight the underlying dynamics and ongoing tensions between these two states, as the oil crisis that crippled both countries comes to an end.
Integrity has had a permanent office in Juba since before independence and has delivered a number of research, evaluation based and survey centred projects for a variety of different organisations. Understanding the nuances of context and environment is therefore central to Integrity delivering high quality, accurate work. During this session, Michael gave expert insight into the internal political dynamics within these countries, elucidating the concerns of international actors, and outlining the vulnerabilities for further conflict. Addressing key issues such as the Lamu Pipeline Project and the Nuba Mountains Insurgency, Michael expanded on the development prospects and challenges in Sudan and South Sudan, discussing the realignment of DfID priorities in the region and highlighting areas of concern for foreign investors.
Integrity would like to thank Michael for sharing his understanding of these countries, allowing the team at Integrity to further our expertise in a region that will continue to be prominent in global consciousness as domestic and international actors attempt to build on developmental gains and prevent further conflict.
Between September and December of 2012, Integrity developed and delivered a pilot support programme for the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Safety and Access and Justice Programme (SAJP) in South Sudan. The objective was to assess and coach 12 newly trained police EFL trainers in designing and giving classes and support them in the commencement of courses in 4 states.
The pilot was undertaken with Garry Corcoran, our Head of Training and Capacity Building at the helm, to identify a methodology that would enable a greater number of the police service to be trained as teachers and for the eventual delivery of English language training to over 10,000 individuals. The pilot had to be pragmatic, contextualised and flexible. Integrity assembled a highly experienced team who constructed an integrated and bespoke programme of activities which provided the initial training in teaching ESL. This was followed by the teachers returning to their states and delivering a four week English for Beginners training course, supported by an EFL specialist through a ‘coaching’ model’.
Using a coaching methodology helped reduce feelings of isolation, increased confidence and self-esteem, professional growth, increased self-reflection and problem-solving capacities, and the assimilation of their coaches’ practices. Coaching support enabled the teachers to develop collaborative skills and begin contextualising their course deliveries and showed the potential effectiveness of a
In September and October Integrity research analyst Will Carter led a three-person team to Myanmar to complete a Strategic Conflict Assessment and Conflict Sensitivity Study. The research collected data on and from two conflict-affected areas in the country, Kachin State and Mon State. Also in the team were two postgraduates from the Durham Global Security Institute, Howard Murray and Martin Proctor.
Myanmar suffers multiple conflicts and extreme poverty within certain parts of its territory. As the country increasingly opens up to international systems, humanitarian relief and development work opportunities are emerging. Aid has the potential to directly and indirectly affect the conflicts in Myanmar, unintentionally exacerbating them at worst, or sometimes when carefully considered, even ameliorating them.
The report analyses two 'ethnic' conflicts in Myanmar through Ethno-Nationalist, Political Economic and Social Movement perspectives, critically examining diverse drivers of conflict in order to assist forthcoming development work to be as comprehensive as possible. Deeper insight into conflict in Myanmar is also drawn out by contrasting the two case studies against each other.
The Conflict Assessment report is freely available; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.