Turbulent social contexts are confusing. A strong programmatic strategy requires a clear understanding of the context as a foundation for understanding how to influence change. Ripple enhances strategy development through expertly facilitated participatory context analysis processes, and support for the development of culturally relevant theories of change. Our toolkit is broad, with emphasis on complex systems analysis and attention to key global themes such as climate, migration, identity-based discrimination, gender, and the economics of violence. Our partners say Ripple strengthens both programs and results.

Sample projects:

  • Participatory complex systems analysis for human rights strategy development in Colombia and Chiapas, México (with the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation).
  • Participatory Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts analysis for humanitarian aid, community development and advocacy strategy (most recently in Honduras with World Vision International; previously with Oxfam and CARE via World Vision International).
  • Hands-on complex-systems analysis workshops for peacebuilding and peace advocacy practitioners (with the Life & Peace Institute, and the One Earth Future Foundation under CDA Collaborative Learning Projects).
  • Global mapping of key regional actors in Youth, Peace and Security, with emphasis on youth-led organizations, to inform policy development (with the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, under Saferworld).
  • Conflict sensitivity guidance notes for humanitarian interventions under the UN Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (with the United Nations Development Program and House of Peace).
  • Adaptation of the Do No Harm conflict sensitivity tool for faith-inspired and multi-faith practitioners, with training in El Salvador, the Philippines, Singapore and the USA.
  • Training and mentoring of facilitators for participatory context and conflict analysis processes (with multiple partners).