Conflict Analysis as Peacebuilding:
Participatory Approaches to Large-Scale Assessments
Date: Friday 5 June 2015
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Venue: Auditorium A2, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène Rigot 2, Geneva
Michelle Garred, Associate Director of Peacebuilding at World Vision International, New York
Anca Paducel, Centre on Conflict Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), The Graduate Institute, Geneva
This lunch-time discussion sheds light on the opportunities and pitfalls of participatory conflict analysis. Building on World Vision’s work on Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts (MSTC) – with results of 58 analyses in 23 countries – as well as the CCDPs, adapted according to the issues and priorities most commonly raised by local analysts. The meeting asks ‘Can analyzing large-scale conflict in an inclusive, participatory way increase the effectiveness of aid in fragile settings?’ Research demonstrates that inclusive approaches can improve the overall quality of conflict analysis and increase the uptake of recommendations. Participatory analysis can also model political inclusion—relevant to the growing discourse on state-society relations in UN programming—by bringing groups together across conflict fault lines to identify the drivers of conflict and develop realistic solutions. Where this is achieved, participatory conflict assessment can be a peacebuilding initiative in itself.
The book Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts is available at http://participate-mstc.net/book.