Rationales, Goals & Objectives

As of December 2017, fifty women will have received certificates in peacebuilding leadership through WPLP. Respondents to evaluations have all indicated increases in their spheres of influence, their agency and confidence, and their leadership skills and knowledge. Participants gave tangible examples of change processes they initiated in their communities as a result of the program, including:

  • Drafting juvenile justice training manuals for magistrates in Papua New Guinea
  • Writing land bills and conducting trainings on land laws and the national constitution in Wajir, Kenya
  • Mobilizing women and girls to advocate for improved infrastructure in Rock Hill community, Liberia
  • Mediating community conflicts, specifically among youth, in Solomon Islands
  • Involving the local community in electoral legal framework review in Somaliland
  • Facilitating reconciliation processes in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya


WPLP operates under several rationales, which explain why the program continues to believe in the mission of peacebuilding leadership education for women. The rationales include:

  • Women are needed as peacebuilding change agents
  • Increasing the number of women who are peacebuilding change agents increases peace in the region
  • Women bring a unique perspective to peacebuilding processes and work and are underrepresented in leadership positions

Theory of Change

A theory of change guides the design and implementation of a program, because it explains how the program expects change to occur. WPLP is guided by the following theory of change:

If the right women gain specific knowledge, skills, and experience and are mentored and connected to intentional support networks, then they will gain increased capacity to contribute to and lead positive change processes in their region.


The overarching goal of WPLP is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to transform the root causes of conflict in their communities and/or countries.

The program is designed with specific activities and inputs that, when met, guide participants to short-term, intermediate-term, and end outcomes. As participants progress through achievement of these outcomes, they move closer to achieving the program goal—and in fact, many achieve this goal even before graduating from the program. Read more about participants’ accomplishments here.


Throughout their time in the program, participants are expected to – and provided with support in order to – achieve the following objectives:

  • Increase their knowledge of peacebuilding and leadership through academic courses
  • Expand their peacebuilding and leadership skills through the design and implementation of a conflict intervention plan
  • Enhance support for their work through a strong mentoring program
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