Conflict-Sensitive Programming

Using Conflict-Sensitive Approaches

The needs for support with regard to the dissemination of the "Do No Harm" approach and to its practical application are immense. In order to respond to these needs, we are not only offering our own services but also try to generate a pool of skilled colleagues who can assist us in these tasks. For this purpose, we are regularly offering extended trainings, which aim at increasing the number of skilled workshop facilitators. In addition, we cooperate occasionally with organizations who request us to accompany some key staff members within their usual field operations.

Intensive Trainings:
Becoming a "Do No Harm" Expert

Training of Trainers

Our ToTs, which we offer once a year, are the most exhausting and challenging activities for both ourselves and the participants. A Training of Trainers on "Do No Harm" lasts 11 days, providing participants with the necessary basic knowledge on the approach, offering opportunities to improve on facilitation skills and to reflect on the integration of the concept into other planning approaches, and finally leading to the challenge of conducting a first workshop on their own.

The last Training of Trainers has taken place in October 2018. Due to visa restrictions in many other countries, we are usually conducting our ToTs in Uganda, one of the few countries in the world where everybody is entitled to get a visa upon arrival. We are currently discussing, however, whether we can also offer such an event in the Middle East or in Europe. At the moment, we have not yet fixed a date for the next Training of Trainers. In recent years, we have offered such a ToT in intervals of approximately 15 months, and so there may soon come an announcement for the next one.

In case you are interested to become a trainer, let us know. The more expressions of interest we have, the sooner we will plan for the next ToT!

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Training of Implementers

Our experience has shown that many workshop participants find it difficult to put the "Do No Harm" concept into practice. What looks so convincing and easy to handle at the end of a workshop proves to be more complicated when back in the field. Questions come up, for which that workshop facilitator might have an answer. But how to keep in touch?

We have found that orientation or exposure workshops, as described on the "workshops" page, should ideally be the start of a process. Participants usually leave the workshop venue very eager to apply what they have learnt but they most often need guidance. In order to respond to this dilemma, we are offering to accompany field staff for several months through e-mail communication about observations made and/or through occasional field visits. At the end of the process, a follow-up workshop is organized during which all experience is shared. This will then form the basis for practical suggestions regarding project implementation and for recommendations to the organization's management.

Field trainings are always tailor-made. In general, such processes last about six months with an introductory workshop at the beginning and a follow-up workshop at the end. The activities in between and the frequency of interaction are planned during the initial workshop.