The Network

The Phoenix network brings together specialists in conflict, peace-building, and in monitoring and evaluation, from around the world.

The Network is based on the finding that current evaluation approaches and methodologies are not able to capture actual performance in fast moving, volatile, contentious situations, and divided societies.

The Network is an informal grouping, with a list of members which can be shared upon request. It meets once a year, hosted by one of the members, to exchange in a neutral and informal way on the state of the art. The secretariat function is exercised on a voluntary basis, currently by Social Terrain Ventures Ltd in the United Kingdom.

We have formed sub-groups within the network to publish jointly, or to pursue individual projects together. One such example is Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation, a book that covers the design, evaluation, and learning for international interventions aiming to promote peace. The contributions are self-funded and reflect entirely members’ preferences.

There is no subscription, but new members need to be accepted by unanimity by all the members.

To Join

It is simple: Ask one of our network members. Your name will be communicated to the other members to see if there is no objection. There is no fee for membership, and no particular obligations apply.

Our Next Meeting

November 2019


The meeting will start at 13:00 on 30th of October and end around 16:00 on the 31st of October. The meeting will take place at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).

The Institute’s address is CJ Hambros plass 2D, N-0033, Oslo.

We will have dinner together on the evening of the 31st.