Do No Harm and Peacebuilding: Five Lessons

The Do No Harm Project (DNH), which began in the 1990s, was not designed for peacebuilding interventions, and yet over the course of the project it has successfully been applied to local peacebuilding initiatives in a variety of contexts. This paper explores those situations where DNH and peacebuilding have worked well together, as well as where they have not. It is based on the DNH Reflective Case Studies phase, where a series of case studies was undertaken around the world to explore how DNH was being applied in the field. This paper draws upon examples from face-to-face contact between the conflicting groups and involves issues that are resource-based or interpersonal.

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