Fragility and Conflict Sensitivity&Do No Harm


Conflict and poverty are often correlated and they interlink with the human rights performance of the state. In addition, human rights violations can be drivers and consequences of conflict or fragility. Interventions in fragile states need to be based on a comprehensive understanding of the power relations and the root causes of conflict, poverty and human rights challenges. The application of the HRBA is adjusted to legal and political realities in fragile states and in conflict or post-conflict settings. The Do No Harm model of conflict sensitive programming states that the Actions and Behaviors’ of Development/Humanitarian actors have consequences on the individuals and group dynamics and context in which the aid is being provided. Simply speaking, regardless of our most neutral or even positive intentions, the resources and information we bring into the field may have negative influences and can cause harm. BRD has fully mainstreamed this approach in its programming.