How can we make sure that we as actors of development cooperation contribute to peace instead of conflict? The workshop will be in english and will mainly focus on this very question. The participants receive a concise overview of the do-no-harm approach and its areas of application before they will undertake practical application exercises. Subsequently, the do-no-harm approach will be assessed for its shortcomings and limitations and will be supplemented and combined with other important concepts such as decolonization, critical whiteness as well as peace and conflict studies. The introduction into the given concepts and theories will respectively be followed by practical exercises, a critical reflection of one’s own role as actor of development cooperation.
In addition, the workshop will also focus on the exchange of professional practical experience in conflict situations. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss problems and challenges they face in the context of vulnerable development contexts, transcultural communication, lack of space for conflict regulation and hierarchies in their work settings.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic the workshop will most likely take place online. Interested persons are kindly asked to register here.
The aim of the workshop is to better prepare NGO actors from Germany for their work in conflict-sensitive contexts, so that they better contribute to peace in local conflicts and less to aggravation of conflicts. Therefore, the participants learn about conflict analysis tools and the main principles of the do-no-harm-approach.
Actors from NGOs in Germany who are active in development cooperation, work with local actors or implement exchange programs with the so-called “Global South”. Furthermore, the workshop addresses those who work in public institutions or think tanks who work with topics around development cooperation as well as students in related fields.