The evaluation concludes that the chosen direction of focusing on conflict prevention has overall been a successful one. It has allowed MRG to venture, both substantially as well as institutionally, beyond its traditional human rights world into new, more political terrain. The project has made a beginning of disseminating a conceptual framework for dealing with minority rights. The quality of the publications is considered very high, as is the professional competence and dedication of MRG’s staff. The principal weakness with regard to the publications is still their relative unfamiliarity among the target group of policymakers, partly due to the fact that MRG itself is not always well-known. It is therefore recommended to further develop MRG’s outreach and communication capacity.
The combination of general advocacy and working in and on five specific countries has created certain tensions, while the overall goal to “contribute to reducing the incidence of violent conflict involving minorities and indigenous peoples” might have been too ambitious. Yet, despite the critical notes and weaknesses identified, and a number of organizational problems and constraints, the Project has succeeded in implementing all its planned activities, establishing new and strengthening existing partnerships with local and international organizations, and beginning to sensibilize a wider circle of policymakers with respect to the importance of minority issues and for ways of dealing with them for the prevention of violent conflict. It deserves to be continued, preferably with a sharper regional focus and a longer-term commitment.
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