Pastoralist planning in the midst of conflict
Conflict-sensitive programming requires that an organisation be able to understand its operational context and its interventions and interactions within that context and to ensure that its interventions minimise negative impacts and maximise positive impacts on the conflict situation. The 44-page booklet “Planning in conflict: experiences with the conflict sensitive programming approach ‘Do No Harm’ in pastoralist settings” shares the experiences and lessons learnt by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) in conflict-sensitive programming in pastoral settings by integrating the “Do No Harm” approach, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and conflict-analysis tools. In the framework of the Improved Community Response to Drought (ICRD) project funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), VSF has been working with Dessanach, Hamer, Gabra and Turkana pastoralists in northern Kenya and across the border into Ethiopia. This booklet captures the processes of mainstreaming and applying the integrated conflict-sensitive approach into drought-preparedness projects.