Conflict Analysis as Peacebuilding: Participatory Approaches to Large-Scale Assessments
World Vision and Saferworld are hosting a roundtable discussion on participatory conflict analysis.
Can analysing 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 programming in conflict zones—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.
At this panel discussion, speakers and participants from NGOs and academia will examine the positive impacts of participatory conflict analysis and consider how it can be more systematically achieved. Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts (MSTC), a new publication from World Vision, captures the results of participatory analysis through seven case studies covering many continents. Over the last decade, the MSTC framework has been tested through 58 analyses in 23 countries, adapted according to the issues and priorities most commonly raised by local analysts.
Michelle Garred, Associate Director of Peacebuilding, World Vision International
Tim Midgley, Senior Conflict and Security Advisor, Saferworld
Additional panelists – TBC
The potential for joint conflict and fragility assessments conducted by NGOs, governments, the private sector and academia will also be explored. Where such multi-agency analysis is successful, it can provide the foundation for national plans to deliver governance, employment, peace and justice, and citizen security.