Introduction to Conflict Sensitivity

Welcome to our Introduction to Conflict Sensitivity course!

This course is designed to help aid workers in Sudan to better understand theory and basic concepts of conflict sensitivity and how to practically apply these to the work that they do.

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

Who is this course for

People who have no experience with the concept, and want to get the basics down.
People who have a working understanding of what is meant by conflict sensitivity, but want to better understand the theory and how it looks in practical terms.

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.

Course Outline

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Thanks for sharing the journey towards conflict sensitive aid in Sudan

Section 1. Introduction

Lecture 1
Welcome and Introduction to the Course


  • Course overview
  • How this course works
Lecture 2
  • Defining ‘conflict’ in a way that enables useful conflict analysis
  • Conflicts are inevitable in any human relationship.
  • Conflict can be positive!
Lecture 3
  • Defining ‘violence’ in a way that enables useful conflict analysis
  • Understanding both visible and invisible violence
Lecture 4
  • 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’
Quizzes for section 1
Before beginning section 2, you need to pass this test

Section 2. What is conflict sensitivity?

Lecture 1
What does it mean?
  • 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?
Lecture 2
Examples and Dilemmas
  • Simple examples of conflict sensitivity in practice in Sudan
  • The role of conflict sensitivity in managing dilemmas
Lecture 3
Gender, Social Cohesion, and Conflict Sensitivity
  • How do conflicts interact with gender norms, roles and expectations?
  • What is the interaction between social cohesion and vulnerability?
Quizzes for section 2
Before beginning section 3, you need to pass this test

Section 3. Conflict sensitivity in practice

Lecture 1
Applying the concepts to 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
Lecture 2
Localisation and Land, livelihoods and conflict
  • Challenges and opportunities for aid’s long-term effects in Sudan
  • Localisation and conflict sensitivity
  • Land, livelihoods and conflict
Lecture 3
Aid, politics and power & Working with marginalised groups
  • Challenges and opportunities for aid’s long-term effects in Sudan cont’d
  • Aid, politics and power
  • Aid and marginalisation: peripheries, women and youth
Quizzes for section 3
Before beginning section 4, you need to pass this test

Section 4. Interaction Analysis

Lecture 1
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?
Lecture 2
Interaction analysis at the organisational level
  • Interaction analysis at the organisational level
  • What does this mean for our principles, systems and tools?
Lecture 3
  • Opportunities to stay engaged and keep learning
Quizzes for section 4
A final quiz at the end
Final Test
Final Test

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