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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Development in Practice

For a Special Issue on
Conflict Sensitivity/DNH in Development, Humanitarian & Peacebuilding Practice

Abstract deadline
19 September 2021

Manuscript deadline
28 February 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Susanne Schmeidl, UNSW Sydney & swisspeace
[email protected]

A/Professor Anthony Ware, Deakin University
[email protected]

Claudio Alberti, swisspeace
[email protected]

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Conflict Sensitivity/DNH in Development, Humanitarian & Peacebuilding Practice

More than two decades since Mary Anderson's seminal book, Do No Harm: How aid can support peace – or war, popularised conflict-sensitive development practice, Development in Practice is inviting submissions for Special Issue exploring conflict sensitivity.

The proliferation of intra-state conflict since the end of the Cold War, and the expansion of the aid sector into contexts with more persistent conflict have popularised the application of conflict sensitivity in international development and humanitarian practice. Despite considerable efforts to mainstream conflict sensitivity into practice (e.g. the growing number of conflict advisors or specialists, the development of a Global Conflict Sensitivity Community Hub for strengthening expertise and sharing, as well as country-specific mechanisms or resource facilities), a successful application has been mixed.

More recently, the rise of populism, growing authoritarianism, continuing protracted conflicts, and the rupture of the COVID-19 pandemic, all bring the need for conflict sensitivity into sharp focus. The Triple Nexus Development between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding, and emerging new concepts such as working in fragility, thinking and working politically in development, systems-thinking as well as adaptive and complexity-informed approaches have emerged as potentially competing frameworks. All these factors make an academic exploration of conflict sensitivity timely.

We are particularly interested in discussions of how conflict sensitivity has or may contribute to maximising peacebuilding potential in development/humanitarian practice, and contributions in the following areas:

  • Conceptual papers discussing new innovations
  • Individual and/or comparative case studies
  • Theoretical contributions advancing the concept
  • Indigenous and decolonial practices / adaptations
  • Connecting/contrasting conflict-sensitivity to other approaches, e.g. adaptive and complexity-informed approaches, systems thinking, thinking and working politically in development etc.
  • Reflections on learning to date about conflict-sensitive practice and available tools

Submission Instructions

We are looking for original articles (no more than 6,000 words) or practice notes/viewpoints (no more than 3,000 words). More details on the different article styles included in DiP can be found here

We particularly encourage contributions from the Global South, South/North collaborations, and Early Career scholars/practitioners.

If you are interested, please submit an EXTENDED ABSTRACT (500 words) by 19 September 2021 to the co-editors:  A/Professor Anthony Ware, [email protected];  Dr Susanne Schmeidl,  [email protected]; Claudio Alberti, [email protected]

Please indicate with your abstract submission what kind of contribution you aim for (original article, practice note, viewpoint) and provide details of authors and their affiliations, including the main administrative contact.

Once your abstract is approved by the Special Issue Editors, final papers MUST be submitted for peer-review no later than 28 February 2022 through the DiP submission portal.  We aim to have the final Special Issue published in early 2023, with individual papers published online once accepted and finalised. Acceptance of all contributions will be competitive and all articles will be peer-reviewed as per standard DiP practice.

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