Conflict analysis provides insights into the causes and consequences of violent conflict, the dynamics supporting or undermining peace efforts, and the needs and interests of diverse stakeholders. It enables the setting of objective criteria for prioritisation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding programming, and facilitates the evaluation of impact.  

Applying an inter-agency lens, this tutored online course builds the conflict analysis skills of UN staff and partners, preparing them to strengthen the efforts of the UN in volatile areas and countries affected by political instability and conflict.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Apply conflict analysis tools to better understand the context and address key drivers of instability and insecurity in turbulent regions, crisis countries and post-conflict settings;
  • Benefit from a conceptual understanding of both theoretical and operational aspects of conflict prevention and peacebuilding;
  • Identify prioritisation and entry points for prevention and peacebuilding programming;
  • Draft a situation profile and develop a full-fledged conflict analysis report, which includes a situation profile, a causal analysis and a stakeholder assessment.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This tutored online course is structured in a sequential way to guide participants through a set of modules and exercises that explore the main conflict analysis tools.

A professional tutor will guide and support participants throughout the course. He/she will be available for direct conversations with each participant and will share good practices and lessons learned from the UN system and non-governmental organizations.

The course will feature guest speakers who are experts in: political analysis, human rights, development assistance, peacebuilding programming, humanitarian action and gender.

The course is delivered entirely online in asynchronous mode. No special software is required; participants only need internet connection and a headset. In order to receive a certificate of successful completion, participants are required to:

  • Take all 12 lectures and complete the related quizzes;
  • Participate in the discussion forum;
  • Submit and pass two written conflict analysis assignments reviewed by the tutor.

Although not strictly required, participation in the weekly live webinars is strongly recommended.

Average workload: 15-20 hours (estimate based on average of past courses)

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

Conflict analysis tools; Gender-sensitive conflict analysis; Use of conflict analysis in peace operations, peacebuilding programming, and conflict-sensitive humanitarian and development assistance.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN professional staff and partners working in contexts of deteriorating human security, armed conflict, political crisis and other threats to peace. Open to non-UN staff.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 1,000 USD covers full participation in the online course, including interaction with a tutor through webinars and individual feedback from the tutor on a final assignment. The UN System Staff College will award Certificates of Attendance to participants who successfully complete the course.

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