Applying conflict sensitivity in emergency response, current practices and way forward: seminar on Monday

CARE International Pakistan Office in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, is launching a research study titled ‘Applying conflict sensitivity in emergency response: current practices and
way forward’. The study is the culmination of six months work, which involved field research in Haiti, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, interviews with over 50 humanitarian professionals and a document review of aid agencies and sector-wide guidance and standards. 

 Humanitarian responses to rapid on-set emergencies often represent significant challenges in terms of applying conflict sensitivity. The complexity of the contexts in which these events often occur and the speed in which organizations
need to react, leave little capacity for sophisticated analysis or training of frontline, particularly local, staff. In order to maximize effectiveness, agencies must be ready to take advantage of opportunities as they arise to integrate conflict sensitivity
across their teams and design systems and guidance that can be readily deployed.

 The study has retrospectively assessed the degree to which CSA were explicitly or implicitly carried out in the humanitarian responses in Haiti and Pakistan. This reflective exercise has resulted into both agency-specific and
sector-wide recommendations made to ensure greater CSA application in future in rapid onset emergency responses. The study concludes there are clear opportunities for synergy between conflict sensitivity integration and the emergency capacity-building initiatives
currently ongoing within many agencies and puts forward the idea of sector-wide ‘Minimum Standards’ that integrate CSA across the Humanitarian Program Cycle.

The seminar, to be organized on Monday, January 16, and to kick off at 3:00 PM, will be chaired by Senior Advocacy Advisor at CARE international Islamabad, Mr. Aimal Khan Khattak. The other speakers of the event include Ms. Monika
Vrsanska, Programme Officer, CAFOD, Pakistan, Mr. Naseer Memon, Chief Executive, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), Islamabad and Mr. Amjad Nazeer, Policy Advocacy and Campaigning Advisor, Oxfam Novib, Islamabad.