AUTHOR: International Alert

LAST UPDATED: March 2005

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook

KEYWORDS: environmental management, conflict sensitivity, minerals, land and land use, fuel and

energy, water, International Alert, handbook

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 195 pages

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

WEB LINK: (International Alert)  (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “Conflict-sensitive business practice: Guidance for extractive industries consists

of guidance on doing business in societies at risk of conflict for field managers working across a

range of business activities, as well as headquarters staff in political risk, security, external relations

and social performance departments. It provides information on understanding conflict risk through a

series of practical documents, including: introduction to conflict-sensitive business practice (CSBP),

including an overview of the regulatory; environment for doing business in conflict-risk states;

screening tool for early identification of conflict risk; macro-level conflict risk and impact assessment

tool; project-level conflict risk and impact assessment tool; special guidance on key flashpoint issues

where conflict could arise at any point during a company’s operation.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “International Alert has been working for 30 years with people directly

affected by conflict to find peaceful solutions. Our vision is for a world where people seek to resolve

their differences peacefully; a world where, when people seek better lives for their families and

communities, they are able to manage any conflicts that may arise with honesty and wisdom, without

resorting to violence. Our mission is to build a more peaceful world by:

1. Working with people directly affected by conflict to find peaceful solutions.

2. Shaping policies and practices to support peace.

3. Collaborating with all those striving for peace to strengthen our collective voice and impact.

We work in over 30 countries and territories and have offices in 18 countries.”

INTENDED USER: Filed managers and headquarters staff of businesses engaged in extractive

industries, particularly in societies at risk of conflict.


AUTHOR: ENTRi and International Alert   


TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, ENTRi, International Alert, training course, risk reduction

FORMAT: On-site training course


WEB LINKS: (ENTRi) (International Alert) (info on course)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The aim of the course is to enable participants to use their skills, competencies and experience to conduct a conflict analysis and to devise conflict-sensitive approaches to civilian crisis management.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the relevance of concepts such as peace, conflict and violence to civilian crisis management;
  2. Conduct a conflict analysis;
  3. Describe the key principles underpinning the conflict-sensitive approach;
  4. Explain the relationship between conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity;
  5. Devise conflict sensitive approaches to issues faced in civilian crisis management;
  6. Identify the benefits and limitations of the conflict-sensitive approach.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “Europe’s New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) is a unique capacity-building program that was initiated in early 2011. The main focus lies on the preparation and training of civilians that are either going to, or already working in, crisis management missions worldwide. “International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organization that has worked for over 20 years to lay the foundations for lasting peace and security in communities affected by violent conflict. Their multifaceted approach focuses both in and across various regions; aiming to shape policies and practices that affect peacebuilding; and helping build skills and capacity through training.”

INTENDED USER:  The course is designed for “people who are in the pre-deployment, or are assigned to a mission, civilians, on positions of advisors, analysts, policy implementers, program staff; mid-level and senior management staff. Participants should have relevant desk or field experience, or are in the process of obtaining such experience, with working on or in conflict contexts.