There are three main steps to Conflict
Sensitivity that should be considered. These include the ability to:
1. Understand the context;
2. Understand the two-way interaction between activities/operations
and the context;
3. Act to adjust initiatives
to avert harmful outcomes (Do No Harm) and reinforce opportunities to maximise positive
impact (Do Some Good)...
...and where possible support peace.
Sensitivity is grounded in analysis that can be used for programme management and
strategic planning (e.g. PPM processes and Theories of Change). Conflict Sensitive analysis is only
valuable when it is context-specific and includes gender, age and diversity
dimensions as well as other relevant social groupings (e.g. cultural, ethnic,
religious, communal). Since Conflict Sensitivity concerns everything related to
the provision of assistance/resources, analysis can provide useful input that informs
not just a specific initiative, but wider operations and activities. Accordingly, rather than constrained to a single-action tick-box exercise, Conflict
Sensitivity instead thrives as a live process incorporated into all workflows.
To further integrate Conflict
Sensitivity in your work, you may wish to consider:
and budgeting Conflict Sensitivity to ensure it is incorporated into core
aspects of operations.
study into local conflict dynamics and how they may impact your activities (and vice-versa).
Sensitivity training/support for staff, partners and other relevant stakeholders.
Should you require additional technical assistance on Conflict Sensitivity, support is available in the following areas:
inclusion of Conflict Sensitivity in proposals;
provision of Conflict Sensitivity training to staff, partners and other stakeholders;
inclusion of Conflict Sensitivity into job descriptions and terms of reference;
support with Conflict Sensitivity-related consultancies;
quality assurance of Conflict Sensitive assessments and donor reports;
advice on Conflict Sensitive programme design and implementation;
guidance and feedback on conflict-prevention & peacebuilding initiatives.
For more information please contact Sunra Lambert-Baj - firstname.lastname@example.org