2021 Peace, Security and Conflict Evaluation

In Pursuit of Sustainable Peace: An Evaluation of the Folke Bernadotte Academy 2008–2019

Nicklas Svensson, Julian Brett, Adam Moe Fejerskov, Charlotte Bonnet

The Folke Bernadotte Academy has become an important actor in Swedish aid, both financially and in terms of mandates within several strategies. The purpose of the study In Pursuit of Sustainable Peace: An Evaluation of the Folke Bernadotte Academy 2008–2019 is to investigate whether FBA’s initiatives and operations have contributed to overarching objectives and in their context are coordinated effectively with relevant actors in Sweden and internationally, including in conflict and post-conflict countries.

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Main findings

  • The evaluators call for more long-term and targeted support to institutions to achieve sustainable change that promotes peace, security and development in the countries with which Sweden cooperates.
  • FBA need to clarify how imparted knowledge should result in changed working methods and routines that are maintained over time. Many of the interventions contribute to local change, but they often lack a stable structure for anchoring and implementing new knowledge and working methods in organizations. Many results thus remain at the individual level and long-term results are not forthcoming.

MFA and FBA should

  1. Clarify FBA’s role in political peacebuilding processes.
  2. Ensure that goals and ambition levels are realistic in relation to FBA’s available resources and the local context.
  3. Link capacity-building initiatives closer to political peace processes in partner countries.
  4. Identify synergies with Sida and other Swedish and international peace-building actors through a use of theories of change.

Report authors
Nicklas Svensson, Senior Advisor, Stockholm Policy Group

Julian Brett, Senior Consultant, Tana Copenhagen

Adam Moe Fejerskov, Senior Researcher, Danish institute for international studies

Charlotte Bonnet, Consultant, Tana Copenhagen