Early warning and early response handbook

This handbook is intended for development practitioners who seek to mainstream peace and conflict analysis into their long-term development programs.The conflict diagnostic framework enables planners to take a "snapshot" of peace and conflict dynamics in a given country, and stimulates discussion of possible development activities that can support peace. The handbook can also be used by non-development actors (i.e. diplomatic, political, security, trade, finance) to identify possible areas for action.

The aim of this document is to facilitate the design of a conflict diagnostic framework. Through an assessment of conflict and peace factors, as well as a stakeholder analysis, development practitioners are able to make strategic choices and define entry points for response.

The handbook is divided into seven steps: Step 1 provides an overview of the full conflict diagnostic framework. Steps 2, 3 and 4 provide for the assessment of conflict and peace factors, as well as stakeholder dynamics. Step 5 takes participants through a process of drawing out scenarios and defining overall peacebuilding objectives. Steps 6 and 7 help define strategic issues and choices, as well as key entry points for response.