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.

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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

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Background

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.

Core 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?

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Anita Ernstorfer

Anita Ernstorfer

Director of Advisory Services

aernstorfer@cdacollaborative.org

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Eva Østbye

Eva Østbye

Myanmar Country Director

eostbye@cdacollaborative.org

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Gabrielle Aron

Gabrielle Aron

Director of Programs

garon@cdacollaborative.org

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John Jeffry Seng

John Jeffry Seng

Program Manager

jseng@cdacollaborative.org

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Josefine Roos

Josefine Roos

Myanmar Deputy Country Director

jroos@cdacollaborative.org

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Kiely Barnard-Webster

Kiely Barnard-Webster

Program Manager

kbarnardwebster@cdacollaborative.org

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Michelle Garred

Michelle Garred

Senior Advisor - Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness

mgarred@cdacollaborative.org

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Sweta Velpillay

Sweta Velpillay

Senior Advisor - Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness

svelpillay@cdacollaborative.org

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