A Distinction with a Difference - Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding

2009. Author: Peter Woodrow and Diana Chigas, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects

This paper reflects on the existing confusion between peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity which can negatively affect programming efforts. The paper first outlines some specific problems within the notions of conflict sensitivity and of peacebuilding, and then proposes some ways to distinguish them. It includes a table comparing the concepts along a series of dimensions: main aim, applicability to whom and what kinds of programming, analysis requirements, and standards/measures.

  • Conflict Sensitivity , Conflict Prevention
  • Research/Lessons Learned

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