USAID Checklist for Conflict Sensitivity in Education Programs


One core principle for good international engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states is to ensure all assistance is “conflict sensitive.” This principle has been endorsed by USAID and the international community. It is based upon the recognition that all foreign assistance—education programs included—interacts with conflict dynamics in some way, whether positively or negatively, intentionally or unintentionally. The goal of conflict sensitive development practice is to minimize unintended negative outcomes and increase intentional positive ones, while remaining focused on our fundamental development goals and objectives.

The Checklist for Conflict Sensitivity in Education Programs will assist USAID education programs in effectively and efficiently meeting Goal 3 of the USAID Education Strategy: Increase equitable access to education in conflict and crisis environments. Applying conflict sensitivity to program design, implementation, and monitoring will improve education programs by making them more equitable, effective, efficient, and sustainable.

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