GUIDELINES ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONFLICT

AUTHOR: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

LAST UPDATED: 2013

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, environmental management, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, guidelines, land and land use, water, minerals

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 4 pages

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.helvetas.org (HELVETAS)

http://www.helvetas.org/topics/keystone_mandates/new_approaches_to_work_in_fragile_and_conflict_affected_situations.cfm (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: The guidelines provide an overview of the factors and trends that can trigger or substantially exacerbate conflicts over natural resources. The tool explains that when this happens, local/ traditional mechanisms are no longer able to address or solve conflicts and mediate diverging interests.  It provides examples of typical natural resource management-related conflicts and of projects that have succeeded in mitigating such conflicts.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a development organisation anchored in Switzerland. Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner.

INTENDED USERS: Development practitioners

3 STEPS FOR WORKING IN FRAGILE AND CONFLICT AFFECTED SITUATIONS (field guide and manual)

AUTHOR: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

LAST UPDATED: 2013

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbooks

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, handbook

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 124 pages (field guide); 76 pages (manual)

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.helvetas.org (HELVETAS)

http://reliefweb.int/report/world/3-step-working-fragile-and-conflict-affected-situations-wfcs (manual)

ABOUT THE TOOL:

The tool consists of a field guide and a manual which provide guidance for how to introduce the topic of working in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS), explain key concepts, and presents the 3-Step tool. They may be applied at the level of projects, programs, or strategiesand to all interventions of humanitarian aid, development cooperation and conflict transformation/peacebuilding in fragile situations.The field guide is a light version of the more comprehensive manual. It is for users who have attended an introductory workshop or training on WFCS. The manual contains additional material, which is primarily for facilitators of WFCS workshops, focal points, and project managers.

The 3 steps are:

  1. Understanding the conflict context;
  2. Understanding the interaction between the organization and the conflict context;
  3. Strategic decisions for program and project management.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a development organisation anchored in Switzerland. Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner.

INTENDED USER: The manual and field guide were produced “to provide hands-on guidance to staff and partners of development organizations that are working in fragile conflict situations.”The manual is intended for facilitators, focal points and program/project managers; the manual is for users who have attended a preliminary workshop or training on working in fragile or conflict-affected situations.