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What is conflict-sensitive education and why is it necessary?

January 08, 2018

Developing, implementing and evaluating education programs in conflict settings must be done thoughtfully, after careful analysis of each context and its unique dynamics. All aspects of these programs, including monitoring and evaluation, should be examined to ensure that they do not inadvertently contribute to inequality or exacerbate existing issues. In this conversation, Joseph Sany and Anne Smiley, FHI 360 technical advisors, discuss examples of conflict-sensitive education in specific contexts, share lessons learned and highlight considerations for maximizing the positive effects of education in conflict settings while minimizing negative effects.

FHI 360 has long been active in research and evaluation through its Education Equity Research Initiative, seeking to better understand education equity and how it intersects with conflict-sensitive education. We also collaborate with organizations such as the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and the USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) to develop approaches for conflict-sensitive education and to conduct trainings with implementing partners to bring this contextual understanding to a global audience.

Read more about our work in global education and conflict resolution, or sign up to receive information on upcoming trainings.

Homepage photo credit: Jessica Scranton/FHI 360