This in-person training advances the concept and practice of conflict sensitivity within the UN context at large, serving the strategic, programmatic and operational needs of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding practitioners alike. It provides an excellent opportunity to exchange with peers and learn about how the key concepts can be applied in different contexts.

Introduction

Humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities cannot be separated from their context, especially in conflict-affected settings. Adopting a conflict-sensitive approach to programming minimizes the risk that an intervention will exacerbate tensions. Such an approach – a minimum requirement for working on conflict – contributes to conflict prevention and sustaining peace, which cut across all three pillars of the UN – human rights, peace and security, and development. 

In this course, participants will apply conflict sensitivity concepts, principles and tools to gain a deeper understanding of a context of their choice. Participants will assess how their intervention interacts with the context, and how it might be adapted to ‘do no harm,’ and ideally contribute to ‘doing more good’.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess what contextual information is needed to make conflict-sensitive decisions;
  • Consider existing analyses and apply conflict sensitivity tools to identify and manage the risks entailed in working in/on conflict;
  • Formulate options to adapt activities and leverage opportunities for building and sustaining peace through conflict sensitivity;
  • Acknowledge and discuss conflict sensitivity challenges and dilemmas;
  • Articulate ideas and good practices to monitor and evaluate conflict sensitivity.
Course methodology

This course is delivered in-person over three days. It combines theoretical approaches with practical activities, interactive individual and group exercises for experience sharing, joint reflection and peer exchange.

Course contents

This course is divided into three parts.

  • The first part provides solid grounding in the concept and practice of conflict sensitivity, as well as the tools available within and beyond the UN system to understand a given peace-and-conflict context.
  • The second part focuses on assessing how different activities might interact with the context and influence the dynamics on the ground.
  • The third part challenges participants to develop options to adapt their actions, mitigate risks and leverage opportunities for building and sustaining peace through conflict sensitivity.
Target audience

UN staff as well as practitioners and representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia.

Cost of participation

The participation fee is $2,000, and covers the training costs only.

Travel, transfers and meals are not included.