Chapter 2: Conflict Analysis

Purpose of chapter

This chapter explains:

  • What conflict analysis is
  • Why it matters
  • How to undertake an analysis

Who should read it

The chapter is aimed at practitioners in governments, civil society (local and international) and donor organisations concerned with development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding. The chapter may also be of interest to others (e.g. in the private sector, the diplomatic field, etc.).

Why they should read it

Because conflict analysis is the foundation of conflict sensitivity and without a good understanding of the context in which interventions are situated, organisations that support or directly implement them may unintentionally help to fuel violent conflict or to exacerbate existing tensions. Conflict analysis helps organisations towards a better understanding of the context in which they work, and a conflict sensitive approach.


  1. What is conflict analysis and why is it important?
  2. Key elements of conflict analysis
  3. Working with indicators
  4. Integrating conflict analysis and other forms of assessment
  5. Better practice in conflict analysis
  6. Choosing the right tool for conflict analysis
  7. Endnotes
  8. Annex 1. Tools for conflict analysis

Resource Pack – Chapter 2 – Conflict Analysis