Standard conflict analyses frequently fail to effectively inform operational procedures, decision-making processes and every-day interaction with crisis-affected populations and communities, as well as with staff members, government representatives and partner organisations. This is because many existing tools focus on the macro structures of crises, offering only a snapshot of a given situation rather than a subtler socio-historical appreciation of the political and economic fault lines along which conflict and violence is structured, and within which humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programmes are embedded. Further, they are usually generic and therefore ignore the contextual risks present in specific settings.
Building on on-going collaboration between the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), this project seeks to strengthen analytical capabilities amongst humanitarian field practitioners by demonstrating how conflict sensitivity can enhance joined-up action across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.
Through in-depth engagement with participants’ daily work and the application of tailored conflict analysis tools that speak to the needs of individual staff members, the project seeks to reinforce efforts by UN Resident Coordinator Offices (RCOs) to perform their crisis management, including preparedness and response, in a more effective manner.
Pursuing advances made during the Pilot Phase 1 of the project, this new phase of the ALCA project (June 2021-March 2022) will focus its attention on staff members of key UN humanitarian agencies in the Central Sahel region: Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
Following a training needs assessment which will allow for the curriculum to be tailored to the participants’ needs, bi-weekly online capacity-building workshops will be established (September 2021 to December 2022), succeeded by in-country capacity-building workshops (end of January 2022). An in-country networking event involving the participants from all three countries will also be organised in order to consolidate an “ALCA network” that continues to generate content, lessons learned and good practice in the months and years ahead.
The vehicle to maintain the network will be an ALCA Knowledge Repository, which will include all the finalised ALCA materials produced by the CCDP (in both English and French), external documents by other organisations and/or shared by the participants, as well as a chat function enabling those logging on to post messages and seek guidance on conflict analysis.
This project enjoys the support of the UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and is currently benefiting from a grant from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) of the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).