- Conflict sensitivity
- 13 Lectures
- 13 Videos
- Transcript of video
- Video lectures
Who is this course for
What will you learn and how does this course work?
You will learn why conflict sensitivity is important when designing or implementing aid programmes.
- How basic concepts like ‘conflict’, ‘violence’, and ‘peace’ interact with aid programming – especially when working in conflict areas.
- A theoretical and working definition of ‘conflict sensitivity’.
- How conflict sensitivity interacts with other concepts such as social cohesion and gender sensitivity.
- Types of conflict and contextual analysis that help us be conflict sensitive.
- The role of adaptation in conflict sensitivity.
- The role of conflict sensitivity in navigating dilemmas.
The course will take approximately one hour. It consists of 4 sections, each with several lectures. Each section concludes with a short quiz that you must pass before beginning the next section. We’ll be using video and audio in this course, but all of the content will also be provided in text lectures as well, so that if you don’t have very good internet, you can still access the content without watching the videos by clicking on the transcript button to download the text.
You are welcome to take the full course in one sitting if you’d like, but you can also close it down and return later to the same place by logging in with your username and password.
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Thanks for sharing the journey towards conflict sensitive aid in Sudan
Section 1. Introduction
- Course overview
- How this course works
- Defining ‘conflict’ in a way that enables useful conflict analysis
- Conflicts are inevitable in any human relationship.
- Conflict can be positive!
- Defining ‘violence’ in a way that enables useful conflict analysis
- Understanding both visible and invisible violence
- Defining ‘peace’ in a way that enables useful conflict analysis
- Understanding peace as a capacity to manage conflicts
- The difference between ‘negative peace’ and ‘positive peace’
Section 2. What is conflict sensitivity?
- What do we mean by ‘conflict sensitivity’?
- The operational, moral, and strategic case for conflict sensitivity
- What is the difference between ‘do no harm’, risk management, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding?
- Simple examples of conflict sensitivity in practice in Sudan
- The role of conflict sensitivity in managing dilemmas
- How do conflicts interact with gender norms, roles and expectations?
- What is the interaction between social cohesion and vulnerability?
Section 3. Conflict sensitivity in practice
- What is conflict analysis, and how should it be used?
- Formal, institutional, and informal conflict analysis within an aid organisation
- Using conflict analysis in operations, policy, strategy and programmes
- Challenges and opportunities for aid’s long-term effects in Sudan
- Localisation and conflict sensitivity
- Land, livelihoods and conflict
- Challenges and opportunities for aid’s long-term effects in Sudan cont’d
- Aid, politics and power
- Aid and marginalisation: peripheries, women and youth
Section 4. Interaction Analysis
- Analysing the impacts of our presence in a context (both intended and unintended outcomes!)
- Project level interactions with contexts and conflicts
- How can we track these over time?
- Interaction analysis at the organisational level
- What does this mean for our principles, systems and tools?
- Opportunities to stay engaged and keep learning
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.