ZIF and UN train future SAM Facilitators in Uganda

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In a joint effort, ZIF and colleagues from the UN Headquarters in New York conducted a “training of facilitators” at the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda. The goal was to train selected members of four major UN peacekeeping missions on how to use the analysis and planning tool Strategic Action Matrix (SAM), which has been developed jointly by ZIF and the UN.

The training was part of an ongoing cooperation between ZIF and the Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET) within the UN Department of Peace Operations (DPO), which seeks to strengthen the link between conflict analysis and strategic action at the field office level and assist UN Civil Affairs Officers and other peacekeeping staff in planning targeted interventions.

Up to this point, ZIF had already conducted two so-called “facilitated fora” on SAM in the UN missions in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The training of facilitators in Entebbe now aimed to increase the sustainability and reach of SAM by training selected mission staff to themselves facilitate and further disseminate SAM in their respective contexts.

The training group was very diverse – representing a wide range of positions and missions (MINUSMA, MINUSCA, UNMISS, MONUSCO). This led to a lively exchange of ideas and perspectives and resulted in a great and constructive course atmosphere.