From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions

From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions

Phyusin Ngwethaw (Myanmar) and Joan McGregor (South Africa/United Kingdom)

This course is designed for aid, development and peace practitioners working in situations affected by conflict and violence. It will explore the importance of designing interventions based on careful analysis of the context, taking into account the relationship between the conflict context and the intended intervention. It will provide an overview of current frameworks and approaches of context conflict analysis at different community and societal levels. It will explore the range of interventions that are needed to work towards sustainable peace. Participants will learn to apply practical tools for conflict analysis as a critical step in designing appropriate conflict sensitive initiatives.

Broadly, conflict context analysis will help participants identify different types of conflict, the causes of conflicts, the actors directly and indirectly involved, the progression and dynamics of the conflict, opportunities for resolution and possible outcomes. The course will concretely link the steps from analysis to relevant action towards effective change to transform the conflict and work towards sustainable peace, taking into account the concept of Do No Harm through conflict sensitive approaches.

This course will be ideal for individuals working at policy or programmatic levels in community-based organizations, NGOs, INGOs that focus on relief, development or peacebuilding programs, and government officials responsible for development and relief services.