Conflict Dynamics International Inc

Changing the dynamics of conflict and humanitarian action

CAMBRIDGE, MA   |  www.cdint.org

Mission

Conflict Dynamics International works to prevent and resolve violent conflict between and within states and to alleviate human suffering resulting from conflicts and other crises around the world.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder and President

Mr. Gerard Mc Hugh

Main address

701 Concord Avenue Suite 200

CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 USA

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EIN

56-2460366

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International Peace and Security (Q40)

International Democracy & Civil Society Development  (Q35)

Government and Public Administration (W20)

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Peacebuilding - Sudan

Conflict Dynamics’ initiative in Sudan aims to help prevent conflict and enhance the country’s political stability.

Sudan is in a defining moment. Repeated patterns of exclusion from political, economic, and social life helped drive years of conflict in the west and south, unrest in Khartoum, and economic crisis. Because governance arrangements have not offered people genuine opportunities to express their interests, people have manifested their interests through violent conflict.

The transition period offers an opportunity to break those cycles and for Sudan to steer a new course. A wide range of actors agree that the upcoming transition is critical for delivering peace and stability in Sudan’s future. The peace process, constitution-building process, and elections process are the backbone for a peaceful and just Sudan, and the sequencing and linkages of these political processes is significant for a successful political transition. Moreover, politically accommodating processes are the only guarantee for inclusive future arrangements. These challenges highlight the need for effective support to Sudanese to develop, agree upon, and implement political dialogue processes and governance arrangements that can accommodate their political interests.


Activity Areas
To address this need, Conflict Dynamics has been directly and impartially supporting Sudanese in developing options for Political Accommodation since 2008. As part of this support, Conflict Dynamics is:

* Engaging with a wide range of Sudanese constituencies through bilateral meetings, seminars, and interactive workshops. Conflict Dynamics consults with actors in a range of constituencies, including the Transitional Government of Sudan, political parties and alliances, armed opposition groups, youth movements, women’s organizations, civil society groups, and academics. During these consultations, Conflict Dynamics aims not to offer recommendations but to help Sudanese develop their own options for governance arrangements and political dialogue processes.

* Facilitating and mediating dialogue within and between constituencies, with the goal of enabling Sudanese to work collaboratively toward building consensus on the options they develop. In addition, Conflict Dynamics is aiming to contribute to the emergence of political will in support of implementing these options.

* Developing tools and frameworks to share and apply with Sudanese stakeholders engaged through the initiative. The tools and frameworks are tailored to the Sudanese context and its challenges. They include an online tool to map the political interests of key Sudanese stakeholders and a range of case studies that could offer lessons to Sudan.

Population(s) Served

We facilitate dialogue and negotiation processes that help groups in conflict build consensus and accommodate each other’s interests. Our research and outreach provides inputs that help Somali leaders and people explore new ideas that can lead to a more stable future. The Somali program’s work is based on strong contextual knowledge and is conducted in collaboration with a wide range of Somali groups and individuals. We work on the ground in Somalia and Somaliland and in a modest manner. By supporting Somali leaders and communities to develop accommodating governance arrangements, and political processes, our work helps resolve existing conflicts and prevent future ones.

Activity Areas
* Within Somalia at the federal and state levels, and between different levels of government
* Between the Federal Government of Somalia and the Government of Somaliland
* Locally for reconciliation and peacebuilding among and between communities
Achievements
Our engagement since 2009 has had a significant impact: the Federal Government of Somalia and the Government of Somaliland utilized Conflict Dynamics’ framework for dialogue processes in the Istanbul II communique, and District Peace Committees, supported by Conflict Dynamics, help communities resolve disputes and avoid violent conflict on a daily basis. Somali government and United Nations officials have also adopted Conflict Dynamics’ concepts and welcomed Conflict Dynamics’ efforts and work.

Population(s) Served

Conflict Dynamics’ Humanitarian Access and Negotiations program supports humanitarian practitioners and
engages influential actors toward improved humanitarian access in situations of armed conflict.

Approach
Conflict Dynamics has developed a structured approach to access and negotiations that guides practitioners and
influential actors through a methodological process firmly rooted in the core humanitarian principles and the
relevant provisions of international laws, policies and norms. Given the close link between humanitarian access and negotiations, Conflict Dynamics has integrated its methodologies in these two areas. The approach encourages sound analysis, including thorough actor analysis, creativity in developing options, skills-building related to humanitarian negotiations, and a clear way of working through dilemmas.

Track record and comparative advantage
Conflict Dynamics has a strong comparative advantage in the areas of humanitarian access and negotiations that is
derived from highly experienced staff, expertise in workshop facilitation, robust research and analysis, structured methodologies that are grounded in the humanitarian principles and international laws and norms, established partnerships and extensive networks, and a track record of presence and willingness to support in conflict situations.

Conflict Dynamics has partnered with and trained staff from numerous organizations including the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations World Food Programme, the United Nations Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Norwegian Refugee Council and many other international and local NGOs in conflict-affected contexts such as Afghanistan, DR-Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

In the area of ‘engaging access influencers’, Conflict Dynamics engages influential actors in order to positively impact the way these actors facilitate humanitarian access. To guide this work, Conflict Dynamics has developed a unique methodology for engaging access influencers rooted in the humanitarian principles and the international normative framework.

Population(s) Served

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Conflict Dynamics International Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gerard Mc Hugh

Conflict Dynamics International

Chris Saunders

Allison Spaxman