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Conflict Assessment Framework 2.0
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The Conflict Assessment Framework (CAF) 2.0 provides a rigorous framework for collecting and analyzing data in an objective manner that can be applied uniformly across conflict settings. The importance of a tool that facilitates dispassionate and objective analysis of conflict cannot be overstated. Conflicts necessarily involve at least two perspectives on an issue or dispute. To avoid unwanted negative outcomes from assistance, such as inadvertently supporting one side against the other, it is essential for international actors to develop an independent, objective view of the conflict. A conflict assessment is a tool to facilitate this process.
The document is organized into four chapters. Following the Introduction, Chapter 2 provides an orientation that presents the core terminology and concepts that provide an analytical foundation for the conflict assessment. Chapter 3 presents the first of two stages in a conflict assessment: the diagnosis. This chapter describes the framework for analyzing current conflict dynamics and future trajectories. Chapter 4, the final chapter, describes the second stage: the development of response options and recommendations for the client Mission or operating unit. Chapter 4 also addresses the strategic and practical considerations that the assessment team must take into account.
In addition, two annexes have been provided to readers: a listing of illustrative questions that guide inquiry into the main conflict dynamics and an analysis tool for assessing key actors (i.e. key mobilizers) involved in conflict.