Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Training

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February 14, 2018 to February 20, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Political Science

Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Training

Learn how to make your program more effective in fragile contexts.

Training topic

Theories of change help aid workers and peacebuilders to make their programs more effective, but they are rarely used to their full potential. Creating a detailed logic of intervention helps to identify gaps in programming, highlight assumptions that need to be tested and provide a sound base for strategic choices that can increase impact. This training focuses on how ‘good’ theories of change can be created to support practitioners gain an in-depth understanding of the change their programs trigger.

Program overview 2017

Your benefits

  • Understand the concepts of theories of change and the basics to work with them
  • Build theories of change on different levels (project, program and organizational level) with practical exercises
  • Get insights on different uses of theories of change for design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Develop ideas on using theories of change as a tool to foster organizational learning and grapple with complexity


The training is designed for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian practitioners and academics interested in bridging theory and concepts with practical knowledge, good practices and lessons learned from field-based use of theories of change.


Course Coordinators:
Stefan Bächtold & Dr. Sibel Gürler, swisspeace

Faculty list 2016

Structure & methodology

The training offers specific methodological tools and approaches for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors working in conflict-affected and fragile contexts.

Training methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study. The training draws on experiences of participants and empirical examples.


Successful participants are awarded a Confirmation of Participation. This training can be taken as one of the module (2 ECTS) of the Certificate, Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding programs offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

Any questions about this course?

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