Conflict and Development

The Open University

Course Information

Conflict is found in all societies and takes a variety of forms. Any development intervention must deal with both the causes of conflict and its consequences. Additionally, some development interventions themselves generate conflict within societies.

By equipping development managers and others working on or in conflict situations with both analytical and practical tools, the module will help them to intervene in ways that are sensitive to these complex contexts.

Vocational relevance

This Conflict and Development module from The Open University will appeal to a wide range of professionals working directly on conflict issues, or for whom conflict is an ever-present context for their interventions. There are five main groups for whom the module has vocational relevance:

– Group 1 – Professionals who work in or who intend to work for organisations involved in civil war intervention, post-war peace operations and development challenges in any part of the world where conflict is pervasive. Such organisations include national and international government agencies, NGOs, public sector bodies and consultancies.
– Group 2 – Professionals working in any part of the world where development occurs and where conflict arises as a significant social and political phenomenon. These include community development professionals in the UK; as the riots of 2011 and gang cultures show, overcoming or transforming conflict is central to interventions everywhere.
– Group 3 – International private sector organisations such as banks, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, computer services and aerospace, which have significant research and development interests in new and emerging markets whose recent history has often been marked by conflict. As recent conflict in Iraq shows, the cessation of violence is followed by an intense period of reconstruction and large and small multinational corporations tend to flood in. Professionals in these organisations, as well as managing the specific technical aspects of their businesses, will have responsibilities for development policy and practice, and this will necessarily involve managing conflict.
– Group 4 – Military personnel deployed in conflict situations who often have to combine development and reconstruction work with conflict management. This module would help them understand the roots of conflict and help them in making more informed interventions.
– Group 5 – People who want to develop their professional competence by linking elements of development and management with conflict and peace building and gain an international perspective on management and intervention in war-torn areas. Additionally, people who want to develop their professional competence as development managers through extending their theoretical understanding of, and practical skills to deal with, conflict – conflict being a critical element of the experience of development management in any context.

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