Below is a selection of some of the projects Bodhi has worked with over the past few years.
Bodhi undertook a Cultural Political Economy Analysis in the Ethiopian higher education sector. The purpose of the consultancy is to provide an analysis of the political, economic and cultural context in which the University Partnerships for Peace Education and Research (UPPER) operates in Ethiopia, by examining the relationships and structures of, and between, key project partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries associated with developing and delivering peace education in universities.
Bodhi implemented an assessment on the best practices and challenges of women inclusion and participation in peace-building at national and community levels. Specifically, the team investigated the structural, systemic and social barriers to meaningful participation and inclusion, while assessing current levels of such. This project was done in support of the larger Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls as a Catalyst for Peace project.
We undertook VE risk assessments of all 54 Commonwealth member states, which included an assessment of current VE trends and dynamics, VE actor mapping, and root cause analysis for each country. We also undertook CVE capacity assessments for all 54 member countries looking at operational and technical capacity for CVE, as well as international partnerships. We subsequently created a prioritisation matrix and produced six in-depth country reports including scenario planning and detailed evidence-based recommendations for potential Commonwealth interventions on CVE.
Bodhi explored and analysed the intersection between conflict, climate and hunger, and how it plays out particularly in the priority countries of operation for Concern — Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, Niger, DRC and CAR. The research identified key themes, dynamics, and questions with regard to the intersection between conflict, climate and hunger, how this materialises on the ground and its impact in the priority countries. The aim of this was to inform further research, programme approaches, guide Concern’s advocacy, and guide its response practices.
We undertook an urban contextual analysis of extreme poverty in Freetown, using a political economy approach to DFID’s sustainable livelihoods framework. The aim of the project was to understand extreme poverty in Freetown, with a focus on disaster risk in the city’s informal settlements. Analysing how social and political networks interact with indicators of urban poverty — facilitating or limiting access to better incomes, assets, services and employment opportunities in urban areas, we conducted fieldwork in three informal settlements in Freetown and produced a comprehensive contextual analysis report and on the basis of the research findings, developed programming options covering livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, health, education, and WASH.
Bodhi undertook a gender and resource use conflict analysis of the coastal areas, in Liberia undertaking fieldwork in all coastal counties. The aim of the project was to generate relevant information on the gender dynamics along the coastal areas of Liberia in relation to use, management and decision- making, access to, control and influence over natural resources with a view to identifying opportunities for promoting women’s empowerment in relation to natural resource management in coastal Liberia.
Bodhi undertook research on the changing dynamics of Afghan Migration after August 2021 in support of MMC Asia and the DRC Diaspora Programme. Bodhi investigated the changing dynamics of Afghan migration, focusing on the routes, context, information gaps, and self- identified needs of Afghans, as well as how migration patterns may evolve and develop in the future. The team employed a mixed methods approach to gather information from primary and secondary data sources, specifically, via a comprehensive desk review of relevant literature and secondary data, and key informant interviews.
Bodhi completed a gender-sensitive conflict analysis to generate a shared understanding of the local conflict dynamics in Muqdadiya district, Diyala governorate, Iraq. The gender-sensitive conflict analysis informed DRC's Youth-led Community Dialogue and Social Cohesion activities in Diyala.
Bodhi conducted a comprehensive context situational analysis to inform the development of DRC Asia’s regional strategic direction for 2022-2025. The analysis focuses on displacement and conflict (particularly along the Afghan and Rohingya displacement axis), humanitarian needs and gaps, and humanitarian space and access. This analysis will serve as a basis to recommend regional strategic directions and formulate objectives that are supported by a Theory of Change.
We undertook a comprehensive desk review and Key Informant Interviews with (I)NGOs and local authorities to explore up-to-date migration dynamics, the interaction between migrants and local authorities and CSOs and access to rights, public services and livelihood opportunities. We provided a tailored research protocol with which to conduct household surveys in the three cities including sample methodology, qualitative instruments, and a survey questionnaire.
Bodhi produced a comprehensive study on the intersection of economic resilience and resilience to conflict in the Mandera Triangle, using the existing BORESHA programme as a guiding case study. As part of this study, we also produced a stakeholder and partner mapping. These research components contributed to a project concept note, designed to inform DRC’s future programmatic strategy in the region.
Bodhi produced a comprehensive stakeholder mapping for DRC’s Asia office, identifying key actors and potential partners working on migration, human trafficking and forced labour in South and Southeast Asia. We subsequently produced an action plan and communications strategy to develop cooperation between DRC and the partners identified.
Using a robust bespoke conceptual framework, Bodhi is currently conducting a gender-sensitive conflict analysis to generate a shared understanding of the local conflict dynamics in Gambella and Somali Regions, Ethiopia. This study will strengthen the Danish Refugee Council (DRC)’s forthcoming programming in the regions, and inform an understanding of how programme activities may impact these dynamics in positive and negative ways and how to mitigate or optimise these dynamics by identifying conflict sensitivity risks and opportunities.
The project involved assessing barriers (attitudinal, financial, physical, institutional, safety and security barriers) and facilitating factors to accessing humanitarian services by persons with disabilities and other most at risk populations among South Sudanese Refugees and host communities in Gambella, Ethiopia.
Bodhi conducted research on the extent to which green recovery strategies within the ‘BBB’ agenda are supporting peace. We are identifying existing opportunities and entry points for peacebuilding programming and policy to further promote peace-centred green recovery strategies within the ‘BBB’ agenda. In addition, we developed policy recommendations to further leverage peacebuilding within the 'BBB' agenda.
We undertook a study for IA exploring the triple nexus between gender, climate and peace using Myanmar, Mali and Lebanon as case studies. We provided recommendations on approaches to community engagement, made a comprehensive review of national and global commitment frameworks and provided recommendations for national policy action plans.
Bodhi undertook a Stakeholder and Initiatives Mapping for Interpeace and partners to provide an overview of existing youth peace and security initiatives in the region, the approaches they use and the challenges they face. The mapping also seeks to identify needs and opportunities to enhance young men and young women’s inclusion in peace processes at local, national and regional levels. Bodhi is providing a guidance note to inform the design and implementation of the “Youth Innovation Lab for peace (YouthLab)" project, including stakeholder engagement strategies, youth training contents, and advocacy strategies.
We undertook a mixed methods final evaluation of Mercy Corp’s PROSPECTS(Promoting Sustainable Partnership for Economic Transformation) urban youth livelihoods programme. The purpose of the final evaluation was to assess the extent to which the program objectives were met in relation to the strategies developed, resources used, and activities carried out in its implementation. It assessed the program against the OECD-DAC criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability) and the programme’s logical framework. More broadly, the evaluation served to draw out lessons learned to guide future youth employment programmes in Liberia or elsewhere, including possible future phases of the PROSPECTS programme.
Bodhi produced a comprehensive PEA report using an integrated conflict-PEA approach to analyse the governance, economy, conflict, regional dynamics and stakeholder relations, drawing on interviews with multiple stakeholders in Juba, South Sudan. We developed different conflict scenarios and programming recommendations for the client in each scenario.
A feasibility study for Oxfam on triple nexus programming in Somalia, capturing Oxfam and partners’ experiences and good practices that are already taking place and assessing them against humanitarian relief, development programming and peace-building concepts (HDP). The study will inform development of a country-wide triple nexus strategy, guiding partners’ and Oxfam’s work in Somalia.
A baseline study into SFCG’s Uchaguzi Bila Bilaa programme for Violence Free Elections in Coastal Kenya, designed to strengthen community resilience to election-related violence by empowering local actors to identify, monitor, and de-escalate rising tensions. The study also includes an assessment into the community tensions and conflicts in the lead up to, during, and after the 2022 Kenyan Elections and what the available mechanisms to. de-escalate tension raised during and after the election.
Based on extensive fieldwork in nine chiefdoms, across three districts in Sierra Leone, Bodhi Global Analysis delivered a PEA report identifying and analysing the factors that influence women’s political participation, to provide recommendations for the next phase of SFCG’s existing project on increasing 15 women’s roles in decision-making, local development and social cohesion. The purpose was to evaluate existing projects and address any programming gaps for the next programme cycle.
The project involved a desk review, legislation and policy analysis, and training 40 enumerators to carry out semi-structured interview surveys, mobility mapping, problem ranking and thematic FGDs in three constituencies in Nairobi. Data was disaggregated by gender, socio-economic background and type of disability. On the basis of the research findings we developed programming options designed to increase the social, economic and political inclusion of youths with disabilities.
Bodhi completed a conflict analysis of Afghanistan while taking into consideration the intersection between gender and conflict. The aim of the project was to identify the intersection between gender and conflict and provide a comprehensive look into the key stakeholder in the conflict and peacebuilding space in the country. We identified the trends in conflicts, mapped the key stakeholders, the role that women play in conflict and peacebuilding, provided recommendations and identified the likely scenarios for the Afghan conflict.
This project involved conducting a systematic mapping of existing natural resource conflicts in Africa, carrying out a thorough desk review of African Union and Regional Economic Community’s peacebuilding efforts to date, and producing a report on key African regional institutions’ capacities for conflict resolution.
Environmental challenges drive and exacerbate conflict around the world. This project sought to identify key environment security challenges in eight countries and regions; Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Lake Chad Region, Syria, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, and Yemen. It focused on environmental drivers of conflict, and identifying entry points for UN Environment to undertake environmental peacebuilding activities.
Bodhi conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and gender analysis in South Sudan, in support of UN Women's contribution to the Peace Building Fund - Security Sector Reform's work. Specifically, the team is implementing extensive qualitative and quantitative primary research to understand the security needs, concerns and priorities for girls and women, and boys and men. We are also conducting an analysis of current security sector laws, policies and processes to understand their degree of gender responsiveness. This project will inform the creation of a National Action Plan on Gender and Security Sector Reform.
Bodhi has recently begun work on an analysis of the situation of children in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in the Philippines for UNICEF. Using multiple data sources - including FHSIS and DHS - we are conducting a deprivation analysis to understand how children experience their rights in the region, updating the most recent situation analysis completed in 2018.
This project involved analysing conflict trends, identifying drivers of conflict and assessing the impact of conflict on women and children. We also undertook scenario planning, which informed our development of programming options for UNICEF in the child protection, education, emergencies, health and nutrition, operations, social policy and WASH sectors.
The key project deliverable was to produce five multi-level PEAs, incorporating macro level, sectoral and community level analysis with a focus on social accountability in service delivery. Managing the project across all countries, we designed a participatory approach to data collection, adapting it to the social accountability context, developed a learning and evidence plan, and a risk management framework for the client. We also designed and delivered PEA training and workshop for VSO staff and volunteers, and enumerator training in participatory tools and research ethics. Data collection in the field focused on marginalised groups including persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and youth, and was disaggregated by gender. We covered different sectors across the five countries, including health (focusing on SRHR and MNH), disaster risk reduction, and education.