Introduction

Conflict analysis provides insights into the causes and consequences of violent conflict, the dynamics supporting or undermining peace efforts, and the needs and interests of diverse stakeholders. It enables the setting of objective criteria for prioritisation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding programming, and facilitates the evaluation of impact.

Applying an inter-agency lens, this tutored online course builds practical skills on conflict analysis, prevention and peacebuilding for UN staff and partners, preparing them to strengthen the efforts of the UN in volatile areas and countries affected by political instability and conflict.

Objectives

Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Apply conflict analysis tools to better understand the context and address key drivers of instability and insecurity in turbulent regions, crisis countries and post-conflict settings;
  • Benefit from a conceptual understanding of both theoretical and operational aspects of conflict prevention and sustaining peace;.
  • Identify prioritisation and entry points for sustaining peace programming;.
  • Draft a situation profile and develop a full-fledged conflict analysis report, which includes recommendations on appropriate conflict prevention and peacebuilding measures.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This course is delivered entirely online. It combines synchronized online sessions on our virtual classroom, led by subject experts, with self-paced activities and interactive group discussions.
The weekly synchronized sessions are conducted on the WebEx online platform. Participants need a computer (or mobile device), a reliable internet connection. No special software is required.
The self-paced components and discussion forum for each session of the course are designed and structured on UNKampus, UNSSC’s Learning Platform.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Session 1 – Introduction to Conflict Analysis: Explore the need for conflict analysis and its relevance; explore different stages of conflict as well as the main elements of a conflict analysis.
  • Session 2 – Situation Profile: Grasp the benefits of situation profile and discuss how it fits into the overall conflict analysis process.
  • Session 3 – Causal Analysis: Explore the multidimensionality of conflicts; grasp the nature of different conflict causes; apply the Iceberg and Conflict Tree methods.
  • Session 4 – Stakeholder Analysis: Identify and recognize the interests, positions and capacities of different stakeholders as well as explore the relationships among them; apply the stakeholder matrix and mapping tools.
  • Session 5 – Conflict Dynamics: Identify conflict triggers and drivers as well as conflict trends; understand the difference between connectors and dividers and their usefulness in intervening in conflict situations.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN professional staff and partners working in contexts of deteriorating human security, armed conflict, political crisis and other threats to peace. This course is also open to non-UN participants.

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