Conflict Sensitivity

All actors in fragile and conflict-affected situations must ensure that their interventions do not inadvertently increase existing socio-political tensions. Moreover, they should make use of any potentialities that exist to strengthen social cohesion, peace and the transition out of fragility. The conflict context must be the starting point for the planning and design of all interventions and all aspects of an organisation have to be adapted in accordance with it.

swisspeace is offering an online course on conflict sensitivity (with offline version), available in EN, FR and ES. The course is structured in 3 modules and aims to equip development, humanitarian aid and peacebuilding practitioners with the fundamental concepts of conflict sensitivity and useful tools for creative and effective application of conflict sensitivity, at program and institutional level. For conditions of access to the course please contact anna.bernhard@swisspeace.ch

Latest Activities

1-3 February 2017

Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Course

The swisspeace course took place at the University of Basel. It explored how to make programs more effective in fragile contexts. About the course


Human Security Division of the FDFA, 2016-2017

Support to Swiss embassies in the area of business and peace

swisspeace has been supporting embassies of Switzerland around the world to accompany Swiss companies in conducting conflict-sensitive business in developing and fragile countries.


Mandate for the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, 2016-2017

Mainstreaming Conflict Sensitivity in Development Cooperation

swisspeace has been supporting SDC Country Offices in West Africa (Benin, Mali and Chad) in mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in strategy development, reviews and program management.


Mandate for the Swiss FDFA and the UK government

Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability (JACS) in Mozambique

The mandate, conducted jointly by swisspeace and Markus Weimer (independent consultant), will last from Sept 2016 – Feb 2017 and will entail a thorough strategic level analysis of conflict and insecurity in Mozambique (Maputo and five provinces) with a focus on the Renamo-Frelimo conflict, organized crime, and violent extremism. The conflict analysis will be followed by a portfolio analysis of the Swiss and UK development programs in Mozambique. Together, these analyses will help to inform and advise the UK and Swiss development cooperation to contribute to stability, resilience and peace in the country. Capacity building events will further buttress this endeavor.


Mandate for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and UNDP, 2016-2017

Promoting Palestinian Reconciliation

swisspeace together with PalThink for Strategic Studies and the Birzeit University has facilitated meetings between Palestinian civil society representatives about their role in the Palestinian reconciliation process.


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