Summary: How to integrate conflict sensitivity approach into project cycle management
As we engage in any given context, our intervention inevitably becomes part of that context. Thus the context has an impact on our intervention just as our intervention has an impact on the context. These often unintended and unexpected dynamics have a direct and indirect influence on pre-existing conflicts and tensions.
Conflict Sensitivity applies:
• to all contexts, regardless of the severity or frequency of violence, even in situations where underlying tensions have not recently resulted in violence;
• across all working levels, from the operational level to management and strategic policy levels;
• to all types of work, encompassing humanitarian, development, peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities; and
• to all actors, including international agencies/ organisations, local partners, civil society, government and private sector.
In order not to fuel or exacerbate existing tensions, we have to be aware of the role that humanitarian organisations play in conflicts, which form the background of our actions, and to behave accordingly.
Correspondingly, Action Against Hunger has recently recognised Conflict Sensitivity as a binding policy in all of our missions.