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PACS6934: Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice

International development and humanitarian assistance are often delivered in a context affected by violent conflict. Aid and development operating in such complex situations risks feeding the conflict rather than alleviating it. A conflict-sensitive approach minimises the negative impact of aid and development ('do no harm') and maximises the positive impact on local capacities for peace. In this unit we take a skills-based approach to understanding and applying theories and methods of conflict analysis to designing conflictsensitive interventions that support more effective and accountable development practice in the field.

Code PACS6934
Academic unit Sociology and Criminology
Credit points 6
PACS6911 or DVST6901

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Consider theoretical issues and perspectives in both peace and development, and how they bear upon one another.
  • LO2. Through workshop simulations, look in detail at methodologies for development work attentive to the Do No Harm principles.
  • LO3. When considering development interventions in situations of conflict, develop an ability to understand the context, and principles for designing interventions to minimise the risk of doing harm, and maximise their potential to do good.