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Conflict sensitivity assessment – Good practice guide and checklist

Tools for community groups to use to ensure projects do not accidentally cause harm

2018 Available in English and French

Conflict in communities can be subtle and hidden. As communities begin to mobilise, they can cause positive transformation to relationships and situations, but their actions may also bring negative impacts, even making violence more likely.

This tool consists of a good practice guide for conflict sensitivity assessments and a conflict sensitivity checklist. They ask questions that groups can discuss to analyse both their context and their actions, to ensure that what they do is conflict-sensitive and not accidentally causing harm.

It is good practice to repeat the conflict sensitivity assessment every three months, as well as after any major changes in the nature of the conflict. More serious conflicts may require more frequent use of the tool.

The checklist should be used when working in communities where there are existing tensions or conflicts.

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