Conflict Sensitive Programming Workshop October 18, 2018
The Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) of PIASS organized a Workshop on “Conflict Sensitive Programming” on October 18, 2018, at the PIASS Conference Hall in Huye-Taba. 20 participants from different international and local Non governmental Organizations, as well as lecturers from the Faculty of Development Studies of PIASS were present in the event.
Dr Kazuyuki Sasaki addressing the participants
After a presentation of the background and concept of conflict sensitive program management and sharing experiences from consultancy work for an international NGO and from application of the Do No Harm approach by CRASPD in its project with Umucyo Nyanza, a practice in some techniques for a conflict context assessment was conducted.
The practical part of the workshop and the networking between participants brought lively debates and important insights into the value, the challenges and the benefits of conflict sensitive programming. It was found that the assessment of a conflict context can helpfind surprising factors that divide and connect people orgroups in the area of a planned intervention. For development programs as well as peace work or business projects, it is vital to be aware of those sources of tension and of social cohesion, to avoid that interventions from outside couldfuel conflict or decrease chances of peaceful cooperation between different groups. It was concluded that while applying a conflict sensitive approach does not necessarily mean adding a peacebuilding component to a planned program, the exploration of the conflict and peace factors in a context - with participation of the local population - can help a program to support local capacities for peace that already exist in that context.
Participants during the workshop