Introduction

Preventing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict is a hugely ambitious task, but a more integrated, strategic and coherent approach across and beyond the UN system can achieve and sustain peace. As acknowledged by the latest round of UN reviews, this requires strengthened capacities to conduct sound conflict analysis and to translate such analysis into conflict-sensitive, politically savvy responses to violence and fragility. Failing to do so, means not only missing opportunities to contribute directly to sustaining peace, but also risking to impact negatively upon local peace dynamics.

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 provides a solid framework to engage with both volatile political situations where a conflict prevention lens is required and post-conflict settings where the consolidation of peace is the priority.

Applying an inter-agency and multi-disciplinary lens, this tutored online course builds practical skills on conflict analysis and its application towards sustainable peace.

Objectives

Objectives: 

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

  • Explain the main concepts, core components and phases of conflict analysis;
  • Apply conflict analysis tools in a systematic way to a specific case study to identify priorities and entry points for sustaining peace outcomes;
  • Articulate good practices and quality criteria to conduct a conflict analysis process in the context of the new sustaining peace agenda;
  • Discuss ways to integrate conflict analysis into planning and programming processes.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This course is delivered entirely online. It combines tutored components with synchronous and asynchronous activities, as well as group work and collaboration with peers. In addition to engaging in self-paced learning, participants in UNSSC online course also benefit from live webinars with subject-matter experts and seasoned practitioners, allowing real-time virtual interaction between the tutor, the instructors and participants. 

The course is hosted on UNKampus, UNSSC's learning platform, which allows learners a high degree of flexibility to access content at their pace, from anywhere and at any time.

Live webinars are conducted on a weekly basis on the WebEx online platform. Participants need a computer (or mobile device) and a reliable internet connection. No special software is required.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Week 1: Introduction to Conflict Analysis in the context of Sustaining Peace
  • Week 2: Situation Profile and Causal Analysis
  • Week 3: Stakeholder Analysis and Analysis of Peace and Conflict Dynamics
  • Week 4: Towards Taking Action – Prioritisation, entry points and good practices

 

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

Practitioners from various backgrounds – such as the UN system, other multilateral and regional organisations, bilateral donors, governments, civil society and academia – interested in stepping up their knowledge and skills on conflict analysis and/or working in the context of deteriorating human security, armed conflict, political turmoil and other threats to peace.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 500 USD covers the following:

  • Access to course materials (self-paced components, videos and key readings), recording of webinars and speakers’ presentations;
  • Participation in live webinars with experts and practitioners;
  • Exposure to peer-to-peer learning and experience sharing;
  • Exclusive access to UNSSC learning platform with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.

 

Certificates of participation will be awarded to participants, subject to completion of all modules and quizzes, successful submission of exercises and assignments, and participation in live online sessions and discussion forums for each topic covered in the course.

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