Developing peace

Last month International Alert co-organised a one-day workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan on the importance of conflict-sensitivity in development programmes.

The session, held on 26 May, was for members of the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Alliance, including representatives from the Aurat Foundation, Norwegian Church Aid, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Oxfam.

Alert’s South and Southeast Asia Regional Manager, Dr Markus Mayer, was the guest speaker at the event. In his presentation, Markus discussed how conflict-sensitive programming can be used by organisations to give them “an idea and vision about how to respond to the political and social complexities that may arise in an environment”.

He also highlighted the utility of Alert’s peace factors in better understanding the links between various drivers of conflict, and shared useful programming tools such as conflict mapping and ‘do no harm’ assessments.

During the discussion, Markus also stressed that conflict is not always unproductive – “it is often healthy”. “The idea is to remove violence from conflict, in order to achieve a positive outcome...”

The session ended on a positive note, with EVAW Alliance members acknowledging the need to use a conflict-sensitive approach in their development programmes.

The event was organised in partnership with EVAW member We Can End All Violence Against Women – Pakistan. We have been working with We Can on a project funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to address sexual violence against women in Pakistan.

You can find out more about our work in Pakistan here.