Conflict Sensitivity Training

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June 6, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Political Science, Anthropology

Conflict Sensitivity Training

Learn how to shape your program in a conflict-sensitive way.

Training topic

Peacebuilding, development and humanitarian interventions aim at contributing to a positive impact on the contexts within which they take place. This includes a do-no-harm approach that identifies and mitigates the risks of exacerbating conflict, and recognizes opportunities to contribute to positive change. External interventions in volatile environments thus need to be sensitive to the context. A conflict sensitive approach systematically takes into account both the positive and negative impacts of interventions on contexts and the impact of these contexts on the interventions. Working in potentially quickly changing contexts requires organizations and programs to be adaptive and flexible.

This training provides:

  • An understanding of the concept and aim of conflict sensitivity
  • Practical tools for applying conflict sensitivity in strategic and operational aspects of program management
  • Awareness of institutional and individual capacities for effective implementation of conflict sensitivity

Target audience

The training is designed for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian practitioners and academics interested in bridging theory and concepts with practical knowledge, good practices and lessons learned from field-based application of conflict sensitivity.

Structure, methodology & faculty

The training offers specific methodological tools and approaches for peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors working in conflict-affected and fragile contexts.

Training methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study. The training draws on experiences of participants and empirical examples.


Successful participants are awarded a Confirmation of Participation. This training can be taken as one module (2 ECTS) of the Certificate, Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding programs offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

Any questions about this course?

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