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Webinar 11: Taking Conflict Sensitivity to the Next Level

Webinar Date and Time: May 17, 2017 at 10:00 EST. Click here to watch the webinar.

Webinar Description: In 2014, swisspeace organized a Conflict Sensitivity Expert Retreat to reflect on key achievements and discuss failures in implementing larger conflict sensitivity practices in the field. The process laid the foundation for the emergence of a community of practice, the Conflict Sensitivity Community Hub (CSC-Hub), which launched a range of actions intended on ensuring the topic continues to receive dynamic attention, critique and reflection.

The webinar reviewed the main challenges identified by experts and explored opportunities to render conflict sensitivity more effectively. Swisspeace discussed ways in which conflict sensitivity has yet to be meaningfully mainstreamed; how conflict sensitivity capacity building and training can be improved; and how practitioners can continuously engage and learn from each others’ experiences.

Speaker bios:

Anna Bernhard joined the swisspeace Analysis and Impact Program in 2013 where she focuses on conflict sensitivity, conflict analysis methodology and practice, and on impact evaluation. She has conducted several conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity assessments and implemented many trainings and advisory services on conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity, PCM/results chain/program logic, and Theory of Change application. Before joining swisspeace, she was a researcher at the Berghof Foundation, Berlin, and an associate at the local governance team at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in New Delhi (India). Prior to that she worked for Helvetas (conflict sensitivity and aid effectiveness), and interned at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in the Humanitarian Politics and Migration department. Anna holds a MA in Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies (University of Basel), a MAS in Development Cooperation (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of the University of Zurich) and a MAS in Evaluation (University of Bern).

Roland Dittli holds a MA in Modern History from the University of Bern. In his capacity as Head of Peacebuilding Analysis and Impact Program, he directs swisspeace’s methodological and programmatic development in the area of peacebuilding methodologies. Roland is also the swisspeace focal point for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Before joining swisspeace in June 2008, he worked in Malawi in an EU governance project as a technical advisor for monitoring and evaluation. Prior to that he was seconded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to an international peacekeeping mission in the oPt and worked as freelance consultant for peacebuilding impact. Roland has over 14 years of experience in implementing trainings and consultancies focusing on monitoring and evaluation, peacebuilding design, and working effectively in fragile contexts for governmental, non-governmental and multilateral actors. The main focus of the Analysis and Impact Program lies on conflict analysis, institutional approaches to assessing peacebuilding impact, working with theories of change, and conflict sensitivity.

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