Full Citation: UNICEF (2016). Conflict sensitive education and peacebuilding (Programming Guide). New York, NY: UNICEF.
Overview: The Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Programming Guide is a tool for UNICEF field staff and leadership to understand, situate and operationalize conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding through UNICEF’s existing work or new initiatives in different contexts and in partnership with other stakeholders. Throughout the cycle of programme planning, UNICEF Country Offices (COs) can and should systematically ensure that the design and implementation of programmes do not exacerbate conflict dynamics, through using a conflict-sensitivity lens. COs can also explicitly identify opportunities for specific peacebuilding interventions that can increase capacities (at the national, community and individual levels) to transition out of fragility, reduce violent relapses and achieve better and more sustainable results for children. This guide and the companion UNICEF Guide to Conflict Analysis are part of efforts by UNICEF to strengthen its programming in conflict-affected, fragile and risk-prone contexts and to ensure that its staff at the regional office (RO) and CO levels are equipped with the guidance, tools and capacities to operate effectively in the increasingly challenging environments they work. The guides aim to help UNICEF staff to conduct conflict analysis and make sure their programmes are conflict-sensitive or ‘Do No Harm’ at minimum and, where possible, find opportunities to contribute to peacebuilding or ‘Do More Good’ by addressing the root causes of conflict.