Good intentions do not always lead to good work. It is therefore important to be very aware of how well your project fits into its surroundings and whether or not it may have unintentional effects. The 'Do No Harm' (DNH) approach serves the purpose of adapting measures of humanitarian assistance and development cooperation, in such a fashion that they can increase chances for peace and decrease the chances for war. Therefore it offers a systematic way to do a context analysis.
Within the following self-study course you will get a general overview of the approach and you will learn how to do your own context analysis. The self-study course might be interesting for everybody working in the field of conflict transformation.
The DNH approach was originally developed by Mary B. Anderson. She was born in the USA in 1939. She studied economics, received her PhD in 1970 and did research as well as practical work in the field of gender and sustainable development for a number of institutes in various countries.
At present, she is president of the „Collaborative for Development Action“ (CDA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 2007 she is also director of the „Collaborative Learning Project“ (CLP).
Anderson has initiated groundbreaking research in the field on conflict transformation and has written a number of books, among them „Do No Harm. How Aid Can Support Peace – or War“, „Confronting War. Critical Lessons for Peace Practitioners“ and „Reflecting on Peace Practice".
Based on the work of Anderson the following self-study course was created by the Academy for Conflict Transformation.