Conflict-Sensitive Programming

What publications are available for further reading?

In the course of time, plenty of material has been produced about the "Do No Harm" approach by either CDA or by the global network of trainers and implementers. This ranges from the original case studies through reports from implementers to summaries of the approach and translations. Most of the material available on this website can be used freely. For some, however, there may be restrictions as to the professional use in workshops, trainings and seminars.

Helpful Material:
Information around Conflict-Sensitive Approaches

General Information on "Do No Harm"

This chapter provides some basic theoretical background papers from the global perspective of the Local Capacities for Peace Project. These papers may be helpful to study the concept, to understand the aims of "Do No Harm", and finally to acquire the respective knowledge by yourself.

"Do No Harm"

The most important source of information is of course the book titled "Do No Harm - How Aid can Support Peace - or War", published by Mary B. Anderson in 1999. Unfortunately, this book can not be downloaded.

The copyright is with Lynne Rienner Publisher, Boulder, Colorado. In case you want to acquire this book, you have to order it either through a bookshop or directly from the publisher.

The "Do No Harm" summary allows a quick overview about the concept, explaining the main aspects of a conflict-sensitive approach for the planning of relief or development projects in situations of violent conflicts.

"Do No Harm" Summary

Name of Author: Rolf Grafe

Description: comprehensive summary of the "Do No Harm" concept


English Version: 11/2010 (PDF; 88 KB; 7 pages)
download: Summary LCPP English

The "Do No Harm" framework shows the interaction between projects and the conflict environment in form of an illustrative diagram. It has been translated by colleagues all over the world into various languages frequently used in development practice.

The Framework

Name of Author: Rolf Grafe (adapted from an original by Mary B. Anderson)

Translators: Winifred Fitzgerald (French), Rolf Grafe (German), Judith Kettner (Spanish), Corinna Kreidler (Portuguese), Bereket Kahsay Shumye and Sophie Küspert-Rakotondrainy (Amharic), Naglaa Elhag (Arabic), John Okanga (Kiswahili), Abdisalam Ali Farah (Somali), Sayed Tamim, Muzhgan Jalal and Tawfiq Masood (Dari)

Description: diagram "Framework on Considering the Impact of Aid on Conflict"


English Version: 11/2010 (PDF; 24 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework English


French Version: 11/2010 (PDF; 25 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework French


German Version: 08/2017 (PDF; 27 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework German


Spanish Version: 08/2017 (PDF; 24 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework Spanish


Portuguese Version: 11/2010 (PDF; 26 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework Portuguese


Amharic Version: 01/2017 (PDF; 43 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework Amharic


Arabic Version: 12/2013 (PDF; 62 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework Arabic


Dari Version: 07/2015 (PDF; 58 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework Dari


Kiswahili Version: 09/2015 (PDF; 25 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework Kiswahili


Somali Version: 09/2012 (PDF; 24 KB; 1 page)
download: Framework Somali

General Information on "Reflecting on Peace Practice"

While the "Do No Harm" approach was meant to improve the programming of relief or development projects in situations of violent conflict, the "Reflecting on Peace Practice" project looked at the effectiveness of peace-building itself. The basic findings have been published in a booklet with the title "Confronting War",

Confronting War

Name of Author: Mary B. Anderson & Lara Olson

Description: Critical Lessons for Peace Practitioners

Version: 2003 (PDF; 501 KB; 98 pages)
download: Confronting War