Conflict Analysis Training

Learn how to understand and analyze conflict dynamics.

 Training topic

In order to work in and on conflicts, peace-building, development and humanitarian actors need to be familiar with the conflict contexts in which they engage. Although the tools for a systematic conflict analysis are abundant, their use and application is limited in organizational contexts and often the findings of the analysis are not sufficiently reflected in the program design. As a result, the relevance and effectiveness of peacebuilding efforts is limited and programs lack adaptation to the rapidly changing context. In order to implement effective conflict analysis and program design, it is relevant to explore a definition of the conflict and its root causes, drivers, actors and dynamics. Conflict analysis also entails identifying potential risks of an intervention and relevant mitigating strategies that make program design more targeted and effective.

This training provides:

  • An overview of state-of-the-art conflict analysis tools, their specific advantages and foci
  • Guidance in selecting tools that best serve programming and institutional needs in a specific context
  • Lessons drawn from field practice on addressing key challenges in carrying out, updating and utilizing effective conflict analysis
  • The potential of new technologies to enhance conflict analysis

Target audience

The training is designed for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian practitioners and academics interested in bridging theory and concepts with practical knowledge, good practices and lessons learned from field-based conflict analysis practice.

The course will be held with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants.

Structure, methodology & faculty

The training offers specific methodological tools and approaches for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors working in conflict-affected and fragile contexts.

Training methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study. The training draws on experiences of participants and empirical examples.


Successful participants are awarded a Confirmation of Participation. This training can be taken as one module (2 ECTS) of the Certificate, Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding programs offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

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