Conflict Analysis Course

Conflict Analysis is fundamental to our ability, as aid actors, to understand the context and adapt our programmes to ensure that we do not inadvertently feed into conflicts but instead make contributions to peace when possible.  This course is designed to help aid actors in Sudan to understand when, why, and how to do conflict analysis, as well as – importantly – how to use it to make aid more conflict sensitive.





  • Conflict sensitivity
  • Conflict Analysis
  • 15 Lectures
  • 15 Videos
Material Supply
  • Video lectures
  • Textbooks
  • Quizzes
  • Transcript of video
  • Online

Who is this course for

This course is for people who have already taken the CSF’s Introduction to Conflict Sensitivity course.

What will you learn and how does this course work?

This self-guided course has five sections, each with two to four lectures.  They will cover the basics of what conflict analysis is, how to do it, and how to use it.  Specifically, the sections are:

  1. Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Ensuring the Quality of the Information in Your Analysis
  2. Conflict Analysis: Understanding Needs, Interests, and Positions at the Interpersonal and Intercommunal Levels
  3. Conflict Analysis: Understanding Root and Proximate Causes
  4. Analysing Capacities for Peace
  5. Interaction Analysis: How do Aid Programmes Interact with Conflicts?


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Section 1. Introduction

Lecture 1
Welcome and Introduction to the Course
  • Course details
  • How to take this course
Lecture 2
What is Conflict Analysis and Why Do It?
  • What is ‘analysis’ and what is ‘conflict analysis’?
  • What innate skills do we have, and what does that mean for our work as aid actors?
Lecture 3
Common Types of Conflict Analysis in the Aid Sector
  • Formal and structured analysis: Expert-led and Participatory
  • Project-cycle analysis
  • Informal and unstructured analysis
Lecture 4
Assessing the Quality of Information in your Analysis
  • What are aspects of information quality?
  • Understanding and managing bias
Quizzes for section 1
Pass this test in order to continue to Section 2.

Section 2. Conflict Analysis – Positions, Needs and Interests

Lecture 1
An Interpersonal Example
  • Refresher on the definition of ‘conflict’
  • Learning the Onion Model for Conflict Analysis
  • Applying it to an interpersonal example
Lecture 2
An Intercommunal Example
  • Testing the model
  • Applying it to an intercommunal conflict in Sudan
Quizzes for section 2
Pass this test in order to continue to section 3.

Section 3. Conflict Analysis – Proximate and Root Causes of Conflicts

Lecture 1
What is a Root Cause of Conflict? Introducing the Tree Model
  • Defining ‘root’ and ‘proximate’ causes of conflicts
  • Refresher on the definition of ‘violence’
  • Learning the Tree Model for Conflict Analysis
Lecture 2
Root Causes of Land Conflict in Sudan
  • Application of the Tree Model to land conflicts in Sudan
Lecture 3
Root Causes of ‘Periphery’ Conflicts in Sudan
  • Application of the Tree Model to centre-periphery conflicts in Sudan
Quizzes for section 3
Pass this test in order to continue to section 4.

Section 4. Analysing Capacities for Peace

Lecture 1
What is Peaceful Management of Conflict?
  • Refresher on the definition of ‘peace’
  • Understanding what is meant by ‘capacities for peace’
Lecture 2
Analysing Capacities for Peace: Communication
  • Capacity for Peace #1: Ability to inclusively communicate within a group
  • Capacity for Peace #2: Ability to safely communicate between groups
Lecture 3
Analysis Capacities for Peace: Respect and Accountability
  • Capacity for Peace #3: Ability to Empathise and Respect
  • Capacity for Peace #4: Ability to hold people to account and manage grievances
Quizzes for section 4
Pass this test in order to continue to section 5.

Section 5. Interaction Analysis

Lecture 1
Interaction Analysis at the Operational Level
  • Understanding Interaction Analysis
  • Interaction Analysis for Procurements
  • Interaction Analysis for Human Resources
  • Interaction Analysis for Security Protocols
Lecture 2
Interaction Analysis at the Programmatic Level
  • Interaction Analysis for Targeting
  • Interaction Analysis for Communication
  • Interaction Analysis for Impacts on Natural Resources
Lecture 3
Interaction Analysis at the Strategic Level
  • Understanding aid’s political history in Sudan
  • Considering aid’s long term impacts in Sudan
  • Conclusion
Quizzes for section 5
Pass this test in order to Complete the conflict analysis course.


Senior Advisor

Audrey Bottjen

Audrey Bottjen has worked in the Sudans since 2010, including as the Director of the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) in South Sudan, and the Chief of Party of the USAID-funded conflict mitigation program in South Sudan. She currently supports the CSF part-time whilst also exploring regenerative farming and conservation with her husband from their farm in Western North Carolina.

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