Training and Analysis
Adapt has been conducting research and implementing training for peace and development organisations since 2013 on topics such as conflict sensitivity/do no harm, systemic action research, conflict analysis, program design, organisational development and leadership. The examples here represent only a few of the projects that have been implemented with international and local organisations in Myanmar, South Sudan, and the United States.
Conflict Sensitivity Training for the Myanmar Police Force
The Myanmar Police Force (MPF) has faced considerable challenges in responding to new priorities and operating realities in Myanmar during the country's democratic reforms. Communal violence has sadly been a feature of Myanmar's transition, particularly in 2012 and 2013, when several episodes of spontaneous violence erupted in various parts of the country, causing significant death, destruction of property, and displacement of affected populations. Tensions remain between communities in some parts of the country. The MPF is often at the front line of efforts to manage conflicts before they turn violent, or keep the peace and support justice and reconciliation after tensions boil over. The MPF must support conditions for 'positive peace', with justice and mutual tolerance, rather than 'negative peace', where the root causes and drivers of conflict and merely suppressed. In support of the MPF's evolving role in Myanmar and in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme, Adapt provided conflict sensitivity training to senior leaders of the MPF in 2014. Adapt designed and delivered the modules, which were targeted at understanding conflict dynamics, establishing how MPF operations impact upon conflict positively and negatively, and strategic planning for conflict sensitive policies and operations.
Systemic Conflict Analysis, Kachin State
Myanmar's civil war is five decades old. Since 2011 hundreds have since been killed and more than one hundred thousand displaced in northern Kachin state, threatening the country's entire peace and reform process. In 2012 Adapt conducted a systemic conflict assessment of this conflict as part of a fellowship from Columbia University. Based upon key informant interviews and a chronology of events methodology, the research revealed non-linear dynamics which render the Kachin conflict intractable. The authors continue to work with affected communities, who are beginning to realise their aspirations for a political process to address the war's underlying causes. For more about Adapt's work in Kachin, check out the Systemic Action Research page.
Participatory Systems Mapping
In March 2014 Adapt conducted a workshop on participatory approaches to systems analysis at Columbia University in New York. The slides appear below. View them in full screen, and read more about how to do participatory systems mapping on our blog.
"Systems mapping is a visual thinking process to consider and model the causality of a given system. It allows us to delineate causal factors and their interdependencies, identify what actions have highest potential (or are potentially futile) in effecting change, and predict both intended and unintended consequences of our actions. It's used by researchers and practitioners alike for analysis and as a tool to stimulate better informed planning."