Environment, Security and Conflict Transformation

Environment Conflict Management Practice at Universalia

Universalia’s practice area in Environment, Security and Conflict Transformation aims to support organisations working in the field towards meeting their objectives. Firmly rooted in the international community’s vision of sustainability and peace, as articulated through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this practice reflects our multi-generational commitment to the pursuit of sustainable and equitable resource governance in conflict and post-conflict environments, advancing both human and environmental security. Universalia’s practice is anchored in our thematic and methodological expertise and leadership, drawing on diverse experts and national consultants from across the world.

Services we provide within this practice area include:

Universalia provides a range of services to diverse clients and partners intent on improving performance, adjusting their strategic orientation, and advancing their overall mission in a multiplicity of ways. These services include:

  • Formative and Summative Evaluation
  • Environmental Peacebuilding Assessment
  • Peace and conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) and Conflict Sensitivity Advising
  • Political Economy Analysis
  • Institutional and Organisational Assessment
  • Strategic Advising
  • Research and Support
  • Training
  • Process Design, Dialogue and Facilitation

Our clients and partners include governments and development agencies (e.g.. Global Affairs Canada, Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation), international and national non-governmental organisations (e.g. IUCN and the Rights and Resources Initiative), International Financial Institutions (e.g. World Bank and the Global Environment Facility), academic institutions (e.g. American University), private sector actors and others (e.g. IDRC, BRL Ingénierie).

Recent examples of projects include:

  • Environmental Expertise provision to Project Services International and Plan:Net Limited for the Formative Evaluation of DFATD’s Volunteer Cooperation Program (2018);
  • Evaluation of IDRC’s Contribution to Building Leading Organisations, International Development Research Centre (IDRC, 2018);
  • Evaluation of Progress in Establishment of the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI, 2017);
  • Mid-Term Review of the Joint SDC-SNSF Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (2017);
  • Evaluation of Technical Assistance in select countries (Tanzania, the Philippines), for Nutrition International (2017);
  • Safe and Inclusive Cities Final Evaluation, International Development Research Centre (IDRC, 2017);
  • 6th OPS Evaluation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF, 2016-2017);
  • Water Partnership Program Independent Review, World Bank (2016-2017);
  • Summative Evaluation (Phase 1) and Formative Evaluation (Phase 2) of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), International Development Research Centre (IDRC, 2016);
  • External Review of the International Union for Conversation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN, 2015);
  • Environmental Peacebuilding Assessment for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES), the Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG) and the American University (School of International Service, 2013-2018);
  • Political Economy Analysis for the Independent Evaluation of the Volta Basin Authority for BRL Ingénierie (2016);
  • Research support on conflict, resilience and food security in Somalia for IIDA Women’s Development Organization (2016);
  • Evaluation of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI, 2015).

Contact us

For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Abitbol, Senior Consultant and Practice Leader. E-mail: eabitbol@universalia.com. Phone: 514-485-3565, ext. 237.

Eric Abitbol’s students and alumni from the School of International Service will present their research findings from Summer 2018 Graduate Practicum, “Environmental Peacebuilding in the Middle East,” on Monday November 12th.