Ensuring that Assistance Does Not Inadvertently Trigger Local ConflictsSep 26, 2014
[Nay Pyi Taw – September 26] How can you ensure that support to affect communities after a disaster does not lead to conflicts or compound pre-existing tensions in a community? What are some checks and balances that government and humanitarian/development workers can use to ensure that their work does no harm? Are conflicts necessarily bad?
These were some of the questions that were discussed at a two day workshop on conflict sensitive approaches to recovery, organized in Nay Pyi Taw by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Border Affairs. The participants at the training were Ministry of Border Affairs’ officials from Rakhine, Kachin, Shan, Kayah and Chin, States as well as Sagaing, and Tanintharyi Divisions.
Participants said that the knowledge gained from the training will help them do their work differently.
“I have found this training to be very useful. I now understand better why certain groups and organisations behave the way they do. I also know that my actions will have an impact. With the new knowledge I have, I can help become a factor of positive influence on people rather than a negative influence,” said Daw Kyo Kyi Lwin, who works in Kayah State.
Daw Nilar Kyi, who works in a vocational school in Maungdaw, in Rakhine State said the training helped her better analyse the situation in Rakhine.
U Myo Lwin who also works in Rakhine State said that through the discussions at the training he noted that effective communication played an important role in preventing conflicts.
“One of the most important things that I have learnt is that people have capacities to rebuild. If we want to assist them, we have to strengthen these capacities to help them recover,” said Daw Thi Lwin Myint, Assistant Director for human resource development who works with youths in border areas.
Rich discussions, engaging group work and real life case studies were some of the highlights of the two day workshop which concluded today.
“It is inspiring to see the level of understanding and analysis that lies with government officials. This builds a good foundation to take forward the conflict sensitive recovery work,” said Richard Smith key facilitator of the training.
The training in Nay Pyi Taw was part of a series of being conducted for government and UN/INGOs humanitarian partners in Rakhine, Kachin and Yangon. A total of 100 government and humanitarian/recovery partners have benefited from these trainings.