Conflict Analysis Practice Note

The conflict analysis practice note is not an official UN document and is a living document.

The note was prepared in response to the commitment made by the Secretary-General in his September 2015 Report on “The future of United Nations peace operations: implementation of the recommendations of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations” to review and revise existing conflict analysis methodologies to enable more integrated conflict analysis.

The importance of undertaking integrated conflict analyses has been highlighted in recent high-level reviews, including by the High Level Panel on Peace Operations and the Advisory Group of Experts Review of UN Peacebuilding Architecture. The Secretary-General's Agenda for Humanity stressed the need to increase capacity to analyse risks and monitor deteriorating situations, while the New Way of Working highlights the need for pooled and combined analysis.

The note outlines the core components of a basic conflict analysis (situation profile; causal analysis; stakeholder analysis and conflict dynamics) and offers a guide to existing resources. It was prepared in consultation with the key departments, through an analysis and planning working group, which is chaired by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General's analysis and planning team. It is consistent with the recently approved Conflict and Development Analysis (CDA) tool and complements the UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP).

It is designed to support desk officers, planning officers and other staff in country teams, missions and headquarters who are involved in preparing a conflict analysis, including at the start of Strategic Reviews and Strategic Assessments, as well as other planning exercises.

It can support efforts to ensure that humanitarian principles are respected, and that humanitarian actors are effectively and appropriately engaged.

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