Conducting a Conflict Assessment: A Framework for Strategy and Program Development

Conflict assessments are diagnostic tools that are designed to help: 1) identify and prioritize the causes and consequences of violence that are most important in a given country context; 2) understand how existing development programs interact with factors linked to violence; and 3) determine where development and humanitarian assistance can most effectively support local efforts to manage conflict and build peace.

The conflict assessment framework (CAF) presented here draws together the best current research on the causes of widespread, deadly violence and develops a conceptual framework that can help Missions design more effective assistance programs in high risk environments. While designed for those working in aid agencies, the CAF can also be used by social enterprise practitioners working in conflict resolution or tangental fields.

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