Conflict-Sensitive Programming

A Website for Conflict-Sensitive Programming

This website looks boring! Please don't question our capacities - it is by intention. The objective of www.donoharm.info is to provide information on conflict-sensitive programming to people in some of the most remote regions of the world. That is why accessibility has been the most important aspect in the design of the individual pages. There are no photos and there is no animation, so that downloading times remain short even where connections are poor. Consequently, this website is not beautiful but simple.

What is the Intention of this Website?

Conflict-Sensitive Programming

When working in a situation of violent inter-group conflict, project interventions in relief or development programmes have to take into consideration this specific environment. Their resources will become part and parcel of this context, their policies and guidelines will be perceived as being supportive to specific groups, and the behaviour of their staff will influence the mentality and the attitudes of the population in the area of fighting.

Conflict-sensitive project planning is considered by many as an obligatory approach when working in countries like Sudan or Somalia or in the Great Lakes region, but also in seemingly peaceful areas of Kenya, Uganda or Ethiopia. Caught between rigid routines and strict deadlines, it is unfortunately left out far too often.

Our mandate is to help organizations put conflict sensitivity into practice and make it an integral part of their planning, monitoring and evaluation systems.

Worldwide Experience

Main source of our experience has been the work of the "Local Capacities for Peace Project in the Horn of Africa", which had tried to integrate the "Do No Harm" concept into the work of the partner organizations of the German Church Development Service (EED) in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan. We feel obliged to continue the work of this project, which closed in December 2006, and consider ourselves at the same time part of a global network of others engaged in similar efforts.

The experience generated in the Horn of Africa has been of great importance for conflict-sensitive programming elsewhere. As a consequence, we have conducted workshops and trainings in many other parts of the world, ranging from other regions of Africa through the Middle East to South Asia. All these activities have contributed to a wealth of knowledge on the applicability of the "Do No Harm" approach in various types of conflict settings and in highly divergent cultural environments.

Consultancy Services

As mentioned above, we consider conflict-sensitivity an obligation for any actor in the fields of emergency assistance and development cooperation. It is our concern to provide services needed for a more sustainable, more appropriate, and more sensitive way of delivering "aid" in situations where violent conflicts have affected the well-being of people. Assistance from outside should be provided in a way that negative side-effects are avoided by all means.

To achieve this, we offer the following services:

- Workshops and Seminars, both on "Do No Harm" and on "Reflecting on Peace Practices"

- Trainings of Trainers and Trainings of Implementers

- Assessments and Evaluations

- Conflict-Sensitive Programming of Project Interventions