Development within conflict affected contexts: an examination of conflict assessment frameworks ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Pound, Alexander (2014). Development within conflict affected contexts: an examination of conflict assessment frameworks ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ PhD Thesis, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Pound, Alexander
Thesis Title Development within conflict affected contexts: an examination of conflict assessment frameworks ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science and International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2014-09-26
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Alex Bellamy
Phil Orchard
Total pages 209
Total black and white pages 209
Language eng
Subjects 1606 Political Science
1605 Policy and Administration
Formatted abstract
Development work regularly occurs within situations affected by armed conflict. Such development work often carries the risk of causing negative outcomes alongside positive outcomes. Stemming from critiques of development agencies’ work causing negative outcomes, in the 1990s, conflict sensitivity emerged as an idea to assist in harm prevention. This dissertation asks, “To what extent have processes of conflict sensitivity contributed towards mitigating the risk of negative unintended consequences within development programming?” This question is examined through an analysis of both the conceptual and policy development of conflict sensitivity. A specific approach towards conflict sensitivity in development work that emerged was that of conflict assessment frameworks. This dissertation analyzed interpretive and variable conflict assessment frameworks as research methods to understand their conceptual strengths and weaknesses. Finally the example of Sri Lanka is used to show the relative merits of these frameworks. The argument is put forward that interpretive conflict assessment frameworks make the most appropriate tradeoffs in their research design. This dissertation provides an understanding of the development and structure of conflict assessment frameworks as methods and shows the important legacy DNH has had upon the emergence of conflict sensitivity tools.
Keyword Conflict Assessment
Conflict Sensitivity
Do No Harm
development
Unintended consequences

 
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