Published Date: Jan 17, 2012
STUDY ON CONFLICT SENSITIVITY IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Care International Pakistan in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) will launch a research study titled ‘Applying Conflict Sensitivity in Emergency Response: Current Practices and Way Forward’ Monday.
The study is the culmination of six months work, which involved field research in Haiti , Pakistan and Sri Lanka, interviews with over 50 humanitarian professionals and a document review of aid agencies and sector-wide guidance and standards.
Humanitarian responses to rapid on-set emergencies often represent significant challenges in terms of applying conflict sensitivity.
The complexity of the contexts in which these events often occur and the speed in which organisations need to react, leave little capacity for sophisticated analysis or training of frontline, particularly local, staff.
In order to maximize effectiveness, agencies must be ready to take advantage of opportunities as they arise to integrate conflict sensitivity across their teams and design systems and guidance that can be readily deployed.
The study has retrospectively assessed the degree to which CSA were explicitly or implicitly carried out in the humanitarian responses in Haiti and Pakistan.
This reflective exercise has resulted into both agency-specific and sector-wide recommendations made to ensure greater CSA application in future in rapid onset emergency responses.