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Applying Do No Harm principles to Situations of Conflict-induced Displacement - A Guide for Local Government Units

Mary B. Anderson's Do No Harm (DNH) strategy serves as a basic guideline for all undertakings in sensitive environments. DNH is a collection of analysis steps that should assist development organizations working in conflict, violence, and fragility areas in strengthening context-sensitive approaches. The initiative "Strengthening Capacity for Addressing Conflict-Induced Forced Displacement in Mindanao" (CAPID) aimed to bridge the divide between DNH and CID. Based on experiences learned through CAPID implementation, recommendations have been made to assist LGUs in adopting DNH. The DNH framework outlines a step-by-step process for LGUs to follow when designing and implementing interventions using DNH. Conducting an in-depth context and conflict analysis will help you better understand the conflict lines, root causes, and dynamics, which will aid in developing appropriate responses. GIZ has developed a Do No Harm Quick Check tool that government and non-government actors can use to evaluate an intervention's relationships and surroundings. DNH should be used at the planning stage and continuously throughout the duration of a project. "DNH assessments in areas affected by CID should not focus on quantifying the volume of goods delivered or the number of activities conducted, but rather on examining how the power relationship between the displaced population and the LGU has improved as a result of the intervention" Nkurunziza Akpan explains.


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