Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Training

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

 Training topic

While peacebuilding programs aim to contribute to relevant change and strengthen transitions out of fragility, they are often challenged on whether they do this strategically enough. Development professionals and peacebuilders are increasingly using theories of change to help organizations address these issues. Creating a detailed and explicit 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 effectiveness. Despite the widespread emergence of theories of change in strategy and project documents, they are rarely used to their full potential. This training focuses on how ‘good’ theories of change can be created that will help practitioners gain an in-depth understanding of their programs and their impacts.

Program overview 2016

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.


Stefan Bächtold & 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.

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