Training on Conflict Sensitivity for Field Staff PDF Print



Nairobi, Kenya - CISP members of staff working in Somalia directly interact with communities to support delivery of services. ‘Do No Harm’ is their guiding principle, requiring a high degree of awareness of the possible impact of our activities.

To support staff implement programmes better, a five-day-training on conflict sensitivity was conducted for 14 employees. It was facilitated by Ndeye Sow and Vesna Matovic from International Alert, a partner organization specializing in peace building.

The training approach was application based; after the discussion of each module, the participants went into their groups to analyse how the concepts applied to their work. They then reflected their conclusions on A1 flip charts as diagrams interlinked with arrows and explained in different coloured markers and sticky notes.

“Learning different forms of conflicts and how to analyse them, was very interesting to me. I also found the Gender Based Violence programming useful”, commented a GBV Capacity Building officer.

Group work and consultation was encouraged throughout the training to replicate what should happen in the field during project activities. Each module developed into the next and groups would present their analysis to everyone at the end of each session.  Participants would then ask questions, clarifications or even criticize the others’ presentations.

As messy as some flipcharts seemed to an outsider, teams eloquently explained what each circle, triangle, line and colour represented as well as their interrelations. Some fiercely defended their ideas when they were criticized, causing laughter.

“I learnt that absence of violence does not necessarily mean absence of conflict. The topics of conflict stages and conflict mapping have helped me learn how to detect possibility of conflicts.” Said the supervisor adding, “I will be able to understand my colleagues better because of this training.”

Discussions were enjoyed so much that they continued during breaks and after the training ended. Vesna declared, “It is clear the teams have a very good understanding of their working environments. It shows in the way they interpret the concepts, they pinpoint which aspects of their work are likely to have which consequences. They are open to learn and receptive to new ideas and are analytical of how what they are learning can be applied to their work.”

“The team demonstrates commitment to their work and willingness to receive new ideas that will help them improve,” she concluded.





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