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The “Do No Harm” Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Assistance on Conflict: A Handbook


About this resource

Resource type:Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Keywords:Conflict, violence & peace, Development & humanitarian aid, Principles & ethics
Date published:April 2004

The Do No Harm “Analytical Framework” was developed from the programming experience of many assistance workers. It provides a tool for mapping the interactions of assistance and conflict and can be used to plan, monitor and evaluate both humanitarian and development assistance programmes.

The Framework is NOT prescriptive. It is a descriptive tool that:

  1. identifies the categories of information that have been found through experience to be important for understanding how assistance affects conflict;
  2. organizes these categories in a visual lay-out that highlights their actual and potential relationships; and
  3. helps us predict the impacts of different programming decisions.


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