The project cycle comprises of four stages: planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation:

Incorporating Culture of Peace Elements in the Project Cycle

In this section, a brief explanation of each component of the project cycle is provided, which is generally applied when working with projects within civil society organizations. It is understood that not all organizations and groups work with all components of the project cycle, therefore this report tries to be as comprehensive in its approach as possible to be inclusive of both those organizations, which are highly evolved in their organizational structures as well as those organizations and groups, which have a more grassroots and organic approach to achieving social change. Following the project cycle section, some guidelines for incorporating culture of peace within the internal structures of organizations and groups is provided. 

Both the external work of planning and implementing projects, commu- nicating with donors and other stakeholders, as well as the internal work of organizational capacity, relating to staff, stakeholders and beneficiaries, systems and routines in place for the optimal function- ing of an organization are interconnected. However, to make the guidelines as comprehensive as possible, these interconnected components are discussed in two different sections. Nevertheless, it is clear that there are many intersecting ideas and suggestions for incorporating culture of peace in both the external and internal components of civil society work. It is the researchers’ deepest conviction that a culture of peace approach must integrate both external and internal modes of working within civil society in order to be truly sustainable in the long run.