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Applying Conflict Sensitivity in Emergency Response - Current Practice and Ways Forward

Drawing on field research from Haiti, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, interviews with over 50 humanitarian professionals and a document review of aid agencies and sector-wide guidance and standards, this paper maps the current state of conflict-sensitive practice in emergencies. It identifies good practices which can be built upon, key gaps, and points out practical ways to integrate conflict sensitivity more strategically across the emergency programme cycle

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Conflict-Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding: Resource Pack

Conflict-Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding: A Resource Pack is the product of a two-year process by a consortium of partner organisations. The goal was to identify, synthesise, complement and enable conflict-sensitive practice in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding. This was undertaken primarily in Kenya, Uganda and Sri Lanka but also at the global policy level. The focus of the initiative was donors, governments, INGOs and local civil society organisations.

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CDA Publication on Distinction between Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding

Are peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity the same thing? Different but related? Completely separate? This article from the CDA Collaborative Learning Projects examines those questions and proposes some ways to distinguish peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity that, evidence suggests, may lead to more effective peacebuilding and conflict sensitive practice.

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Applying conflict sensitivity at project level case studies

The conflict sensitivity consortium undertook a series of case studies, exploring and documenting the impact of conflict sensitivity when applied at project level. These case studies consider questions including: What changes to the project resulted from conflict sensitivity? What changes to staff attitudes/behaviour resulted from conflict sensitivity? Why has applying conflict sensitivity to this project been effective/useful? What is the added value of conflict sensitivity to your organisation? Do donors ever impede conflict sensitivity at project level? What changes could donors make to support organisation's wishing to apply conflict sensitivity to their projects? Why should donors care about Conflict sensitivity in projects that they fund?

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Aiding Peace? The Role of NGOs in Armed Conflict

‘Drawing on research and contemporary writing on conflict, NGOs, and peacebuilding, this book provides an overview of key theoretical and policy debates surrounding the changing role of NGOs and donors in conflict, highlights the main research findings, and outlines the implications for improving policy and practice.’ (

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Conflict-Sensitive Business Practice: Guidance for Extractive Industries

This publication consists of guidance on doing business in societies at risk of conflict for field managers working across a range of business activities, as well as headquarters staff in political risk, security, external relations and social performance departments.

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Conflict Sensitivity Consortium Benchmarking Paper - Abridged Version 

Conflict Sensitivity Consortium Benchmarking Paper - Full Version

This paper was developed by members of the Conflict Sensitivity Consortium, in the inception phase of the DFID-funded project "Conflict Sensitivity - Concept to Impact". This paper seeks to set out the different interpretations of the concept of conflict sensitivity, in order to provoke discussion amongst the consortium members and build consensus. This is to provide a solid foundation upon which future consortium work will be built to improve practice in conflict sensitivity.


Do Conflict Sensitive Approaches Help Us Negotiate the Dilemmas Confronting Us in Rapid-Onset Emergencies?

This report documents the Consortium event -- "Do Conflict Sensitive Approaches Help Us Negotiate the Dilemmas Confronting Us in Rapid-Onset Emergencies?". A range of NGOs, academic institutions, DFID, FCO and MoD representatives were invited to consider how humanitarian actors leading responses to rapid onset emergencies understand and apply conflict sensitive approaches to their work.  



Embracing the Practice of Conflict Sensitive Approaches: An Analysis of the Kenyan context - Full

Embracing the Practice of Conflict Sensitive Approaches - Summary

This study -- Embracing the Practice of Conflict Sensitive Approaches: An analysis of the Kenyan context -- is one in a continuum of strategic activities aimed at infusing the practice of conflict sensitivity among the Kenyan Conflict Sensitivity Consortium members.