Conflict-Sensitive Programming

What can we offer to help you put conflict sensitivity into practice?

The theoretical background explains the interaction between aid and conflict, but what can we actually do about the unintended negative side-effects of our work? Do we have options to avoid them? After all, "Do No Harm" is a tool for practicioners, not for scientists. This chapter describes what services we are offering in order to improve relief and development planning in situations of violent conflict. On this starting page, you find the general information about the various concepts, while the other pages present the details about workshops, trainings and other support services available.

Support Available:
Consultancy Services for Conflict-Sensitive Programming

"Do No Harm"

Based on our long-term experience with the "Local Capacities for Peace Project in the Horn of Africa" and in the consultancy market, we can help you understand and apply the "Do No Harm" approach, which is the most promising tool for conflict-sensitive project planning. This will enable you to analyse the context of conflict you are working in and to realize how programming decisions might either positively or negatively affect that context. Once the interaction between aid and conflict becomes clear, there are many options how to avoid potential negative side-effects of relief or development interventions.

We do offer "Do No Harm" workshops of various length and intensity, both for headquarters and field staff, and always adadpted to the particular context. We also organize in-depth trainings for facilitators and for implementers.

"Reflecting on Peace Practice"

The "Do No Harm" concept deals with the negative side-effects of an aid programme in a situation of violent conflict. Depending on the mandate, many see the challenge of working on peace and conflict resolution, too. This is particularly true for local organizations which find themselves part of a situation that needs to change. Taking care of victims should be accompanied by addressing causes, so that development and peace become interlinked. While approaches differ between working in conflict and working on conflict, many international agencies are actually addressing both topics.

We do also offer workshops on the "Reflecting on Peace Practice" approach, where we particularly look at strategies of peace-building projects and at criteria of effectiveness.

Conflict Sensitivity in Programming

To become applicable, conflict sensitivity has to be integrated into existing planning approaches. "Do No Harm" alone will be helpful as an analytical tool, but in practice it will have to be married with other tools. Our experience has shown that almost all workshop participants are very enthusiastic after learning about "Do No Harm" but find it difficult to apply this knowledge in their projects. In order to go from training to practice, programming often needs experienced facilitators.

We can facilitate your programme planning workshops and make conflict sensitivity an integral part of your logical framework or your participatory approaches and we can also accompany your field staff through the implementation of their activities.