Working with Conflict

Working with Conflict : Skills and Strategies for Action

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This source book is for people working in areas affected by conflict and violence. Easy to use, well laid out, and including helpful visual materials, it provides a range of practical tools - processes, ideas, techniques -- for tackling conflict. These tools have been developed over a number of years by the organization, Responding to Conflict (RTC), in collaboration with practitioners from around the world. It is divided into 4 Parts: * Understanding: A guide to understanding conflict, including practical techniques for conflict analysis and the critical issues that must be taken into account - power, culture, identity, gender and rights. * Strategies: How to build effective strategies to address conflict, including how to influence policy within organizations. * Action: Intervening in situations of acute conflict; addressing the consequences; and working on the social fabric which conditions the emergence of conflict. * Evaluation: The skills involved in the necessary processes of evaluation and learning in order to improve future interventions. The book embodies and reflects the rich diversity of over 300 practitioners from some 70 countries who, in RTC Working with Conflict courses, have pooled their variegated experience and adapted these methods to suit a wide range of situations. Examples and cases are drawn from around the world - including Cambodia, Afghanistan, South Africa, Kenya, Northern Ireland and Colombia. The book highlights the options available to individuals and organizations; equips them with a basis on which they can plan what responses are possible; and strengthens their capacity to engage in useful interventions. The final chapter provides a list of key conflict-related and peace-building resources, including organizations, publications and websites. For all practitioners who are working in conflict-prone and unstable parts of the world in the fields of development, relief work, human rights, community relations, peace and reconciliation, this book should prove an invaluable support.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 208.28 x 274.32 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
  • ZED BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • diagrams, illustrations, glossary, boxes, notes, resource list, index
  • 1856498379
  • 9781856498371
  • 327,551

About Steven Williams

Simon Fisher is the director of Responding to Conflict based in Birmingham, England.

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Table of contents

* Acknowledgements * Preface * Part I: Analysis * 1. Understanding Conflict - Towards a Conceptual Framework ** Making sense of conflict ** Conflict and Violence are different things ** Causes of conflict ** Addressing conflicts ** Conflicts: To manage, resolve or transform? ** Theories about different approaches to intervention in conflict ** Violence is more than behaviour ** Attitudes and Values in relation to violence ** Violence and Nonviolence as ways of bringing about change ** Peace as a process ** How is it best to start? * 2. Tools for Conflict Analysis ** What is conflict analysis? ** Stages ** Timeline ** Mapping ** Stages ** Timeline ** Mapping ** ABC Triangle ** The Onion: Needs, Interests and Positions ** The Conflict Tree ** Force-Field Analysis ** Pillars ** Pyramid: Three-level Triangle * 3. Critical Issues ** Power ** Culture ** Identity ** Gender ** Rights * Part II: Strategy * 4. Building Strategies to Address Conflict ** Visions: Building and Sharing ** Multi-level Triangles ** Mapping for Entry Points ** The Grid: Ideas for Work on Conflict ** The Wheel: Integration of Work to Build Sustainable Peace ** Aid and Conflict ** Impact Mapping: Tracing the Impact of Aid and Development Programmes on ** Conflict ** The Strategy Circle * 5. Influencing Policy: Bringing Your Own Organization with You ** The Values Tree ** Spectrum of Strategic Options ** Checklist for Programming ** Assessing Organizational Capacity ** The Radar Chart ** Helping Individuals to Change * Part III: Action * 6. Intervening Directly in Conflict ** Nonviolence as an Approach to Conflict Intervention ** Preparing for Intervention ** Awareness-raising and Mobilization for Change ** Prevention ** Maintaining a Presence ** Enabling a Settlement * 7. Addressing the Consequences ** Post-war Reconstruction: Combining Physical and Social Aspects ** Psychological Reconstruction: Helping Individuals to Deal with the Past ** Social Reconstruction: Building Relationships * 8. Working on the Social Fabric ** Education for Peace and Justice ** Participation of People in Decision-making ** Good Governance * Part IV: Learning * 9. Evaluation ** Evaluating Working with Conflict ** The Evaluation Wheel ** Impact Assessment ** Indicators ** Key Issues in Evaluation * 10. And Find Out More? ** Organizations ** Resources * Appendices * Glossary * Index

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Review quote

'Until now, it has been impossible to find a book that synthesized current approaches to understanding and dealing with conflict. Working With Conflict has undertaken this monumental task - and has produced a book that will be extraordinarily useful for both practitioners and policy makers alike. Developed in tandem with people who are working at the heart of many conflicts around the world, and displaying much of the wisdom gleaned from their practice, the book provides a unique resource. An invaluable and timely reference book for all those working in the field of conflict.' Mari Fitzduff, Director of INCORE (the Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity in Northern Ireland)

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