Intro CSC

A conflict-sensitive
approach involves:
 Gaining a sound
understanding of the twoway interaction between
activities and context;
 Acting to minimize
negative impacts and
maximize positive impacts
of interventions on
 Within an organisation’s
given priorities and
Key elements:
Carry out a conflict analysis
and update it regularly;
Link the conflict analysis with
the programming cycle of
your intervention (design,
implementation, monitoring
and evaluation);
CS integration at the
institutional level.
4 country consortia: Kenya, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, UK
35 member agencies: CARE, Save the Children,
ActionAid, CAFOD, World Vision, Plan, International
Alert, Saferworld, …
Lead agency: Care International UK
Duration: July 2008 to March 2012
Funded by DFID
Maralal May 2011 – children; Maralal May 2011 – community meeting; Sri Lanka
annual event February 2011
Project Goal:
Greater impact of development and humanitarian
assistance through improved and more widespread
mainstreaming of conflict sensitive approaches.
Project Objectives:
 Shared understanding of CSA across a network of
international and local development, humanitarian
and peace building organisations;
 Lessons and recommendations for mainstreaming
effective CSA across a range of contexts and sectors
disseminated to policy-makers, donors and
 Strengthened expertise and capacity amongst
member organisations and civil society partners to
institutionalise and implement CSA, at HQ and local
Shared definition of
conflict sensitivity
Assessing and
building institutional
capacity: selfassessment, change
objectives, peer
support and progress
monitoring by 35
agencies in 4
country consortia
Piloting innovative
Capturing and
disseminating lessons
Influencing the
policies and
practices of peer
agencies, partners,
donors and
CAFOD Maralal and CARE Kibera pilot
CS sensitisation and capacity-building of
National Cohesion and Integration
Commission (IDP resettlement policy)
Work on CS media reporting for ICC trials
and campaigning for 2012 elections
CARE Conservation Agriculture and Red
Cross Community Animation and Peace
Support pilot projects
CS and aid effectiveness: dialogue with
peer NGOs, donors and government and
engagement in International Dialogue in
Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
CS and extractive industries
Peace and Community Action pilot project
Do No Harm and CS guidance in local
Donor policy review and in-depth case
CS in partnership strategies
CS integration in strategies and policies at
headquarters level
Outreach and influencing: Comic Relief,
DFID, contribution to UK civil society
preparations for Busan
CS in Emergencies: research, launch of
paper in London, Geneva, Freetown,
Islamabad, implementation of
recommendations and influencing of the
humanitarian sector
Conflict analysis: fundamental but key challenge:
link to intervention; needs to be regularly
updated (including through light-touch
continuous context monitoring); can be
integrated in broader assessment processes (ex:
ActionAid PVA)
Importance of flexibility and capacity to adjust
implementation plans
Relevance of CS for emergency responses
Relevance of CS: not just at project and
programme level but for all departments in an
Importance of senior management buy-in
How to integrate CS into…. an intervention
o Project management cycle (analysis, design,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation)
o Emergency response
How to integrate CS into…. an organisation
Organisational strategies and policies
Human resources, staff awareness and capacity
Programming frameworks
Finance, procurement, …
Working with others: beneficiaries, partners,
government, donors
 Business
case: why should CS be a
priority for donors?
 Benchmarks
for donors: how to
enable and promote conflict-sensitive

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