Training to mainstream 'Do No Harm' tool

20 Feb 2013

image Trainers of different academies of the Government of Nepal participate in the Training of Trainers on Do No Harm/Conflict Sensitivity

UNDP’s Conflict Prevention Program (CPP) and Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) organized a 4-day Training of Trainers on Theory and Application of the ‘Do No Harm’ Conflict Sensitivity Tool for trainers of different government training academies. The training was conducted from February 5 to 8, 2013. The purpose of the training was to enable government trainers to design and implement their own Do No Harm orientation sessions and stand-alone courses.

Conflict sensitivity is the ability of an organization to understand the context in which it operates, so that it can design and implement its interventions in a way which avoids negative impacts while maximizing positive impacts. Do No Harm is a tool used globally to plan, monitor and evaluate both humanitarian and development assistance programmes so as to make them conflict sensitive. It deals with ensuring that the activities of projects and programmes consider the dynamics of the society in which they are being implemented so as not to cause or exacerbate conflict.

Conflict sensitivity has been identified as an overarching principle and fundamental requirement in the Nepal Peace and Development Strategy 2010-2015, jointly developed by United Nations, development partners, civil society and the Government of Nepal. Similarly conflict sensitivity has been incorporated as a principle in the Nepal Peacebuilding Strategy.

Orienting and training government officials and key decision-makers in conflict sensitivity could potentially impact the country’s current conflict dynamics and give way to a more efficient implementation of local development programmes and initiatives. For this, UNDP has signed a memorandum of understanding with NASC in order to develop capacity of national institutions on conflict sensitivity, and NASC has integrated DNH orientation sessions into its regular programming.

The training for trainers consisted of three modules: overview of conflict sensitivity; Do No Harm skills; and trainer’s skill. These modules were followed by one day’s practicum sessions in which participants designed and facilitated orientation sessions on Conflict Sensitivity/Do No Harm.

Different participatory methods were used in the training, including role plays, case studies analysis, group work and self-reflection. The participants, some of whom had over 30 years of training experience, also appreciated the methodology.

Daily and final evaluations showed significant improvement in the knowledge, attitude and skills of the participants in terms of their understanding, belief and commitment to apply conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm tools in their own training programs. Some of the participants have also requested UNDP for additional technical support during application.