Peace and Conflict Tree

The Conflict Tree and the developed model of Peace and Conflict Tree represents a fundamental instrument for analysis and intervention design. It highlights the causes and effects/impacts of a selected core conflict or problem as well as the desired entry points, intervention path and outcomes. The tree is a powerful symbol in conflict analysis, as conflict can often be thought of as a tree, with deep roots and many effects on different layers. This symbol also allows for other analogies such as the forest (related conflicts) that the tree is part of, and the approach towards the tree (cutting, trimming, taking away some of the branches, letting it grow etc).

This self-learning course builds upon the problem tree model adding the complexities of Galtung’s Conflict and Violence Triangles and shows how the conflict tree can be used to select the entry and direction of a peacebuilding intervention. It includes the following steps and layers of analysis:

  1. Building the tree, including focusing on main conflict and identification of specific causes and effects of the selected conflict
  2. Turning the conflict tree into a peace tree (or solution tree)
  3. Deciding upon an intervention path

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This self-learning course has been developped by Andra Tănase. She is the Director of PATRIR and expert consultant on development cooperation, education, conflict transformation, youth and peacebuilding. She works in peace education, strategic programme design, intercultural intelligence, policymaking and civil society development from the perspective of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Andra engaged as a consultant, trainer or adviser with different institutions such as the European Commission, The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Red Cross and Save the Children.

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