Conflict-Sensitivity and Do No Harm

Today, “Do No Harm” is synonymous with conflict-sensitivity and CDA is widely recognized as a leader in conflict-sensitivity through learning projects, innovative teachings, and training programs. Our insights, conceptual frameworks, and practical tools focus on how organizations interact with conflict and how they can work effectively in conflict contexts, while helping to mitigate their negative impacts on conflict, and support local capacities for peace. CDA continues to explore new applications for conflict-sensitivity, including the development of sector-specific tools.  We collaborate with organizations and experts to learn how organizations and individuals learn, think about, apply and spread Do No Harm within and among organizations.

CDA’s work on conflict sensitivity began in 1993 with the launch of the Local Capacities for Peace Project, which came to be known as the Do No Harm Program.  Over the years, Do No Harm involved hundreds of aid agencies, and more than 1000 aid practitioners from all over the world in its collaborative learning process.  The resulting lessons are presented in Do No Harm: How Aid Can Support Peace – Or War.

Learning Questions

  • How can development aid, humanitarian assistance or peacebuilding work make conflicts worse—or better—by the ways in which they operate and the choices they make?
  • What are the important effects of aid work of all kinds on the contexts in which they operate—and the effects of the context on the work?
  • What are the practical methods for incorporating conflict-sensitivity into context analysis, and then into program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation?
  • How can conflict sensitivity efforts be effectively monitored and evaluated, in ways that promote robust accountability and learning at all levels, from providers to local communities to organizational headquarters and donors?

New Learning Partnership: Monitoring and Evaluation of Conflict Sensitivity

CDA, in collaboration with the Conflict Sensitivity Community – Hub, seeks learning partners and financial supporters for a collaborative learning partnership on the monitoring and evaluation of conflict sensitivity, with a view towards increasing application and uptake. Learning will focus on the following question: How can conflict sensitivity efforts be effectively monitored and evaluated, in ways that promote robust accountability and learning at all levels, from providers to local communities to organizational headquarters and donors? Through consultative processes and field-based testing, the project will publish a compendium of promising practices, practical guidelines and tools, relevant to both strategy development and program design for humanitarian assistance, long-term development, and peacebuilding. For further information, or to discuss ideas relevant to this initiative, please contact Michelle Garred, PhD, CDA Senior Advisor for Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness at mgarred@cdacollaborative.org.

Key Publications

Ask the Experts

Ask us how we can customize our resources and expertise to help you and your organization become more conflict sensitive and incorporate Do No Harm into aspects of your organization. Contact feedback@cdacollaborative.org

Staff

Michelle Garred, Senior Advisor – Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness [email]

Anita Ernstorfer, Director of Advisory Services [email]

Eva Østbye, Myanmar Country Director [email]

Gabrielle Aron, Director of Programs [email]

Sweta Velpillay, Senior Advisor – Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness [email]

Kiely Barnard-Webster, Program Manager [email]

Josefine Roos, Myanmar Deputy Country Director [email]

John Jeffry Seng, Program Manager [email]

Learning Engagements