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Diakonia’s Conflict Mainstreaming Toolbox

Our goal is that all that we do (by ourselves or through partnerships) should be conflict-sensitive. In practice this means that we, in contexts characterized by conflict risk or on-going conflict, work pro-actively and systematically to avoid contributing to violent conflict, and if possible - contribute to peace.

Conflict ratings provided by the global risk index INFORM guide our conflict mainstreaming. In countries with conflicts risk rated as medium, high or very high (currently above 3,5 on the 10 grade scale) – we follow through on the Diakonia guidelines for Conflict Mainstreaming, in Diakonia PME Handbook. The Guidelines and this toolbox represents Diakonia´s minimum standard in regards to conflict-sensitivity.

Diakonia´s Conflict Mainstreaming consist of three steps:

Conflict analysis. Should be an integral part of all context analyses of initiatives in conflict affected contexts. Diakonia´s conflict analysis is two pronged. It maps actors, issues and dynamics driving conflict but also actors, issues and dynamics supporting peace.
Goal: Understand and document drivers of conflict and peace in the context.

Basic Do No Harm analysis. Linking the conflict analysis to our work. We conduct an analysis of the two way interaction between the conflict and the strategy/programme/project.
Goal: Understand and document the interaction between our intervention and the conflict(s).

Adjust & Adapt. Based on our Basic Do No Harm analysis, we decide and implement strategic ”Do No Harm choices”.
Goal: Establish and document measures that ensure conflict sensivity of a strategy/programme or project.

This toolbox will walk you through the three steps and give examples and questions to help you to establish what conflict sensitivity means in your specific context.