Evaluation of the projects of the Life and Peace Institute (LPI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia. LPI is a Sweden-based ecumenical organisation working in a number of countries on issues related to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Methods include action research, financial support to local partner organisations, and couching or 'accompagnement'. In DR Congo, LPI has sought to support initiatives of church, civil society and grassroots structures to manage and transform local conflicts in view of reducing the level of violence. CMI team member Ingrid Samset contributed to the DRC part of the evaluation, which was conducted by a team headed by Swedegroup International Consultants AB. The evaluation included a three-week fieldwork in the Kivu provinces in eastern DRC in March 2004.