Conflict Impact Assessment

Conflict Impact Assessment
A conflict impact assessment is required for any project implemented in
countries affected by armed conflict, where there is a risk of armed conflict or in
countries in post-conflict.
In a conflict impact assessment, the relation between the project and the (armed)
conflict should be highlighted. Organisations must demonstrate their
understanding of:
a) The conflict and its actors
b) The conflict's possible influence on the project (can be specified more in the
risk matrix)
c) How the project influences the conflict in a positive way and the risk that the
conflict will be affected negatively by the project.
For more information on how to conduct a Conflict Impact Assessment please
referred to Forum Syd book "Building democracy in the middle of the conflict"
that you will find at the Forum Syd web.
Make a brief analysis of the conflict. The brief analysis should
answer the following questions:
What is the conflict about?
Who are directly or indirectly involved in the conflict?
What are the consequences of the conflict for women, men, girls and boys in the
target group?
Armed conflicts are often perceived as complex and large while the project is
implemented locally and on a small scale. At the same time it is unlikely that
they do not affect each other. The assessment should focus on describing the
relationship between the conflict and the project in the area in which it will be
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How can the project strengthen a peaceful dynamic in the
Which groups, attitudes and values are important for a peaceful development
that you can help to strengthen?
In what way does your organization ensure that the project will
not affect the conflict in a negative direction?
This is not just about the possibility to influence the course of the conflict, but
about whether the project can strengthen actors, groups or attitudes and values
that are important for how the conflict later develops.
You should be careful with transferring of resources (money, materials,
knowledge) to a conflict zone. Make sure that it will not do harm and it should
not prolong or exacerbate the conflict.
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