Training of Trainers Workshop Teaches MSS Staff About “Do No Harm” Conflict Sensitivity

Sep 26, 2013

Dili – The Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) today concluded a Training of Trainers workshop for MSS staff on the Do No Harm (DnH) Framework for conflict-sensitive project management. The four-day programme follows on the study tour to Nepal undertaken by leaders of MSS in August to learn from that country’s approaches to stem and resolved social and national conflict. The training was held from 24-27 September 2013. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

Do No Harm is an important framework for conflict-sensitive project management. According to DnH, unintended consequences of humanitarian aid and project work carried out in the name of development are possible if not critically assessed at regular intervals.

“Participants in the training have gained an understanding of the meaning of conflict sensitivity and how it contributes to development effectiveness”, said H.E. Isabel Amaral Guterres, Minister of the Ministry of Social Solidarity. “This Training of Trainers of the Do No Harm Framework will help MSS staff and other government partners implement the strategy and provide better services to citizens in a way that stems and prevents social conflicts.”

During the training, MSS staff learned the theory and application of the DnH framework and the different methods for preparing and implementing DnH workshops. This in turn will enable the staff to design and implement their own DnH orientation sessions and workshops at the district level and with other government partners.

This training was provided by UNDP Nepal, in collaboration with UNDP Timor-Leste.

“Experience has shown that understanding how to plan programmes and interventions that are conflict sensitive is essential to effectively implementing programmes in conflict mitigation,” said Noura Hamladji, UNDP Country Director a.i. “Do No Harm is an important tool for such planning since it takes into account the needs of those most vulnerable to the impact of poverty, conflict and social instability.”

In August 2013, the H.E. Guterres and staff of the Department of Peace-building and Social Cohesion visited Nepal to learn about the national approaches being applied in Nepal to stem and resolve social and national level conflict and effectively implement the conflict mitigation and protection programmes.

Upon her return from Nepal, she noted that it was essential that staff from all ministries understand how to plan programs and interventions that are conflict sensitive, and the need to promote activities that seek to both resolve and prevent conflict.

Like Nepal, Timor-Leste has been engaged in a global transition from post-conflict to peace-building and state-building. The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States (‘New Deal’) is a global process led by conflict affected host countries around the world designed to change the paradigm of aid effectiveness, particularly in states classified as ‘fragile’. Timor-Leste is the Chair of the g7+, a group of nation states of which Nepal is also a member. Both countries have peace-building and state-building goals that provide the foundation to accelerate efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Furthermore, the Timor-Leste Government, through the MSS and in partnership with UNDP, has been working to prevent conflict and build peace through modern as well as traditional conflict resolution methods such as community mediation and dialogue, and the traditional conflict prevention mechanism known as Tara Bandu

UNDP has been providing technical and financial support to MSS to address both the drivers of conflict and to create institutional capacity within the Government of Timor-Leste to address conflict resolution and prevention systems at the local and national level.

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