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Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment Handbook
Conflict Prevention and Post Conflict Reconstruction Network
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The handbook consolidates good practice for peace and conflict impact assessment from multiple sources and provides a stand-alone, practical approach for peacebuilding practitioners who wish to ensure that the impact of their engagement in fragile communities will, as a minimum 'do no harm', and as a maximum may contribute to peace promotion. The handbook is ideally designed to be used in a workshop setting but may also be used as a guide for a mission assessment.
The aim of this Handbook is to facilitate the design of conflict-sensitive approaches to potentially fragile communities. Through an assessment of a community profile, and impact profiles, development practitioners will be able to make strategic choices and define entry points for engagement which are sensitive to the rich tapestry or relationships and undercurrents which exist in every community.
This Handbook is divided into 3 Parts. Each step has within it an identified objective, definitions of terms used in the tables, questions to stimulate discussion, and an accompanying table. Together, these steps help complete the Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment Framework.
The various steps are briefly described below:
Part 1 consists of the Profile Tools to help users understand the underlying currents and the context in which they work
Part 2 consists of the Impact Tools that allow for the assessment of the possible impacts of engagement in order to help users consider the causes and effects that may lead to unintended negative impacts, and identify unforeseen opportunities
Part 3 provides Decision Tools to consolidate the unintended impacts of a project, and to identify how the project can address the harm or pursue a new opportunity to benefit people