In order to best understand the environments where they work, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) uses a diagnostic tool called the Conflict Assessment Framework to analyze national and sub-national conflict. A conflict assessment is a systematic process used to analyze and prioritize the dynamics of peace, conflict, stability, and instability in a given country context. The assessment consists of two stages: diagnosis and response. During the diagnosis phase, the assessment team gathers information about the country’s internal conflict dynamics. The team then uses its findings to identify likely future scenarios that could alter a country’s risk of violent conflict. During the response stage, the assessment team draws on its rich diagnostic analysis to formulate actionable responses. Conducting a field-based conflict assessment is challenging. It involves applying a set of rigorous analytical tasks in a dynamic process, which must be sensitive to issues from policy positions, organizational interests, interpersonal and intercultural dynamics, language, and logistical constraints. This webinar will provide an overview of the assessment process and methods, as well as provide illustrative examples from previously conducted field assessments.
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