Introduction

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The dynamic nature of violent conflicts as well as the emergence of new threats to peace and security call for analytical methodologies able to reflect the complexity of contemporary challenges and to support United Nations staff and partners in adapting their strategies to volatile and continuously evolving contexts.

Preventing conflict and sustaining peace requires a clear identification of multi-dimensional risks at multiple levels (local, national, regional and global) and a deep understanding of the contextual factors driving vulnerability and societal resilience. This includes a thorough assessment of how different stressors and pressures – such as political instability, marginalization, weak governance, climate change and environmental degradation – interact. Failing to identify these risks means not only missing opportunities to achieve the desired collective outcomes, but also potentially harming local dynamics.

Applying a systems thinking lens and adopting a gender-responsive perspective, this four-day programme will boost your conflict analysis skills and will strengthen your capacities to work with partners and translate such analysis into well-informed and comprehensive responses that actively contribute to preventing conflict, reducing vulnerability and sustaining peace.

The 2020 edition of the Applied Regional Conflict Analysis for Sustaining Peace will focus on joint and gender-responsive conflict analysis addressing the complex interlinkages between climate security, peace and conflict, building on the resolutions on Sustaining Peace (UNSCR 2282, GA Res 70/262) and on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325, UNSCR 2493), as well as the Secretary-General report on Women, Peace and Security and Sustaining Peace (2019).

This programme is designed in collaboration with the Berlin-based think tank adelphi, and in consultation with UNEP and the Climate Change Team of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), as well as the Gender, Peace and Security Unit of the DPPA, the Gender Unit of the Department of Peace Operations, and UN Women. The programme will allow you to acquire in-depth knowledge of the causes and cross-cutting consequences of climate change in conflict-affected areas, and equip you with the tools to understand the underlying gender dynamics and gendered impacts of conflict and their links to peace and security.

The interagency nature of this programme will also provide you with the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning and develop shared analytical methodologies and good practices. Ultimately, the inter-agency component will contribute to strengthening the capacity of the United Nations system and its key partners to conduct joined-up conflict analysis processes and align their work to prevent conflict and sustain peace at the regional and sub-regional level.

Objectives

Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Apply conflict analysis tools and methodologies in a systematic way in order to identify priorities and entry points for conflict-sensitive programming and integrated planning;
  • Adopt a gender-responsive approach to conflict analysis processes in order to ensure that activities aimed at preventing conflict and sustaining peace are inclusive and address gender-relevant issues and perspectives;
  • Identify and articulate the role of climate change and environmental factors in shaping the dynamics of contemporary conflicts;
  • Benefit from peer-to-peer learning and share lessons learned in order to promote shared analytical methodologies and good practices across United Nations entities and key partners, including regional and sub-regional organisations.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This programme offers the opportunity to engage in a dynamic learning experience by combining learner-centered design principles, carefully chosen case studies and real-life examples across different UN settings with stimulating presentations, interactive discussions and small-group exercises.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Day 1 Sets the context, lays out the normative context, introducing the principles for a comprehensive and multidimensional approach to conflict analysis that is gender-inclusive; focusing on regional conflict triggers, escalation stages as well as potential connectors and dividers and the links between climate change and conflict;
  • Day 2 Develops practical skills for regional conflict analysis and programmatic and  planning prioritization processes introducing analytical frameworks, themes and tools to consider for an informed integrated approach;
  • Day 3: Focuses on examining how gender shapes and is shaped by conflict, reflecting on how different gender roles and behaviours affect conflicts and are affected by it; discussing guidance and tools available and review of practical examples to incorporate this dimension and how it impacts the overall analysis;
  • Day 4:  Looks at effective strategies for regional conflict prevention focusing on the theory of change, issues related to gender and inclusivity and provides guidance on conflict analysis.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

United Nations staff and regional partners working on sustaining peace, through political analysis, good offices, mediation and conflict-sensitive programming.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The programme fee is $2,000. The fee includes all training and learning materials as well as coffee breaks. Participants – or their sponsoring organizations – are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation expenses related to their attendance to the programme.

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