Conflict and gender sensitivity

Conflicts often revolve around competition for power or resources. By introducing new resources into an area, or by altering how decisions are taken and policies made in a context where power is contested -  humanitarian relief,  development assistance and other international engagement like trade and investment – inevitably has an impact on peace and security.

The impact, which can be both positive and negative, is experienced differently by women, men, girls and boys. People and organisations engaging in conflict-affected contexts should seek to understand and respond to these conflict and gender dynamics.

Our work

We work with governments, UN agencies, donors, companies and civil society organisations and communities to help ensure their projects or investments do not create instability or make existing tensions worse and where possible contribute to long-term peace and development.

Using experience built over two decades of policy and programme work in conflict-affected contexts and drawing on our conflict analysis methodologies and gender sensitivity toolkit we provide strategic and operational advice to governments through the provision of expert helpdesks and resource facilities on conflict and gender sensitivity.  

We train government officials, company representatives, development agencies, international charities, other civil society organisations and community members in the practical application of conflict-sensitive and gender-sensitive principles and approaches to programmes and policies.

We and our partners apply these principles in our country programmes and we prioritise cross-organisational learning from our work on conflict and gender sensitivity.

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