How to speak EMIC

An Engagement Methodology for Identities in Conflict (EMIC)

The EMIC Method-Understanding from Within

The OICD’s advanced social transformation toolset, EMIC (the word itself is Latin for “understanding from within”) is the product of over a decade of academic and practitioner collaboration.

The EMIC method begins by gathering detailed data on a population’s use of cultural symbols and narratives. This data is plotted and modelled in accordance with the latest knowledge on identity dynamics. An EMIC team then proceeds to develop and test strategies that counter root causes of division. EMIC strategies are distributed in the form of capacity building initiatives and interventions.

In short, the EMIC method provides the relevant information, strategy, implementation and evaluation tools needed to increase the effectiveness and mitigate the unforeseen negative outcomes of social transformation programs.

EMIC experts have worked on CVE program development and evaluation in the Caribbean, Middle-East and North America, advised on security and Intelligence-led policing in Serbia, Armenia, Ukraine, UK, and Rwanda, and exposed the root causes of intra-cultural divisions and conflict in Guyana, Mali, Japan, Fiji, Canada and the UK.

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If you would like to contribute and/or collaborate with the OICD please visit our contribute & collaborate page. To find out more about how EMIC method can be applied to particular human development sectors, why not begin by familiarizing yourself with the sectors we address by looking through the list below. If you would like more information about how we can help you achieve any of the following using the EMIC method, then do contact us, or sign-up, to let us know your needs.

  • Peace Building and Reconciliation
  • Counter Narrative Production
  • Conflict Resolution and Prevention
  • Social Cohesion Building
  • Community Development
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Multicultural Policy and Identity Building
  • Intercultural Communication Training
  • National Integration Strategy
  • Anti-Prejudice, Anti-Sectarian and Anti-Racism Policy Building and Implementation Strategy
  • Social and Economic Stimulation Strategy
  • Security Building Initiative