International Mediators Community of Practice

The cost and effectiveness of mediation

1.5 hour(s)
Mercy Corps


Organized by the IMCP IMPACT Working Group


The cost and effectiveness of mediation

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Mercy Corps (1111 19th St NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036)

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RSVP by emailing Nathalie at by Monday 1/16




Milt Lauenstein and Jessica Berns, Consultant, Jessica Berns Consulting Services

Milt is the sole funder of the Purdue Peace Project (PPP) and Jessica serves as an advisor to both Milt Lauenstein and the PPP. The two will describe how PPP convenes everyday citizens in West Africa and Central America to help civilians address immediate threats of political violence in their communities. They will discuss the results of PPP’s work to date, and their thoughts on its cost-effectiveness.


Michelle Breslauer, Deputy Director of Programs, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)

Michelle will present on an initial research conducted by IEP to quantify and measure the cost-effectiveness of peacebuilding activities. She will share their methodology, approaches to answering the cost-effectiveness question, and findings from a Rwanda case study.


Nike Carstarphen, Independent Consultant and Co-Founder, Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT)

Nike will debrief us on a recent evaluation she conducted with Ilana Shapiro on USIP’s grant-funded dialogue projects. The research included a desk review of 105 projects implemented since 1992 and field research on 23 of the projects in Colombia, Israel and Palestine, and Pakistan. She will discuss lessons learned and make recommendations for improving the effectiveness of dialogue for peacebuilding.


Joe Bubman, Senior Peacebuilding Advisor and Leslie Wingender, Peacebuilding Advisor, Mercy Corps

As part of the Peace and Conflict team supporting Mercy Corps’ work globally, Joe and Leslie will present the successes and challenges their field team faced while implementing a land mediation program in rural Guatemala. They will discuss the implications for this type of work, the results and impact and how this example adds to the debate about the cost-effectiveness of mediation work.