Conflict sensitivity is an important aspect of the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding nexus (the Triple Nexus). It involves an in-depth analysis of conflict to ensure projects and interventions are designed in ways that positively contribute to peace and do not exacerbate existing tensions in communities. We held a three-day workshop in Nairobi, from 31 July to 2 August 2023, on conflict sensitive approaches. The workshop brought together 17 members from the Kenyan 4 Resilience Consortium (K4RC). Organisations represented included: the Children's Mission Africa, International Aid Services, LPI, and the Salvation Army.
The training focused on understanding conflict, conflict sensitivity principles, conflict analysis, approaches to addressing conflicts, communication, inclusion, and contextualised conflict sensitivity in the triple nexus. Through interactive activities, presentations, educative videos, and lectures, participants gained new perspectives on conflict, and explored innovative conflict resolution techniques. They developed new viewpoints, negotiation strategies, and collaborative abilities.
Discussions focused on current practice, where the majority of organisations focus solely on one aspect of the nexus and operate in isolation. Participants recognised the need for a more deliberate and conscious nexus approach, with humanitarian and development organisations including peace aspects from the project design phase. The training emphasised respectful communication, dialogue, and nonviolent conflict resolution as powerful tools for conflict transformation. Learnings included how to identify conflict triggers, common communication pitfalls, needs assessment, the practice of active listening, and how to foster a culture of respect, empathy, and nonviolence.
The training called for collaboration amongst the K4R member organisations in seeking to realise a more effective nexus approach.
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