Working with Conflict: Skills and Strategies for Action

Working with Conflict: Skills and Strategies for Action


By (author) Simon Fisher, By (author) Etc., By (author) Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, By (author) Jawed Ludin, By (author) Richard Smith, By (author) Steve Williams, By (author) Sue Williams


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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 274mm x 13mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 4 November 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1856498379
  • ISBN 13: 9781856498371
  • Illustrations note: diagrams, illustrations, glossary, boxes, notes, resource list, index
  • Sales rank: 282,487

Product description

This source book provides a range of practical tools -processes, yeas, techniques - for tackling conflict, developed by the organisation, Responding to Conflict (RTC). It covers: understanding conflict - and down to earth techniques for conflict analysis; building effective strategies to address conflict can influence policy; direct intervention in situations to acute conflict, its emergence and consequences; and the skills, evaluation and learning needs to improve future interventions. The book reflects the diverse experience of over 300 practitioners from some 70 countries and draws on examples from around the world - including Cambodia, Afghanistan, South Africa, Kenya, Northern Ireland and Colombia. the book highlights the options available to individuals and organisations, equips them with a basis on which they can plan what responses are possible, and strengthens their capacity to engage in useful interventions.

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Author information

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

Table of contents

Part 1 Analysis: 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 non-violence as ways of bringing about change, peace as a process, how is it best to start?; tools for conflict analysis - what is conflict analysis, stages, timeline, mapping, ABC triangle, the onion - needs, interest and positions, the conflict tree, force-field, analysis, pillars, pyramid - three level triangle; critical issues -power, culture, identity, gender, rights. Part 2 Strategy: building strategies to address conflict -visions - building and sharing, multi-level triangles, mapping for entry points, the grid - yeas 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; influencing policy -bringing your own organisation with you - the values tree, spectrum of strategic options, checklist for programming, assessing organisational capacity, the radar chart, helping individuals to change. Part 3 Action: intervening directly in conflict - non-violence as an approach to conflict intervention; preparing for intervention, awareness-raising and mobilisation for change, prevention, maintaining a presence, enabling a settlement; addressing the consequences - post-war reconstruction - combining physical and social aspects, psychological reconstruction - helping individuals to deal with the past, social reconstruction - building relationships; working on the social fabric - education for peace and justice, participation of people indecision-making, good governance. Part 5 Learning: evaluation - evaluating working with conflict, the evaluation wheel, impact assessment, indicators, key issues in evaluation; and find out more... -organisations, resources.