Conflict, a state of opposition between ideas or interests, is unavoidable. Indeed, conflict can be a desirable generator of positive change and improvement. However, when conflict is expressed through violence, it can lead to massive civilian casualties, displacement, and economic hardship and state collapse - with the poor invariably being hit hardest. The premise of this paper is that it is possible to manage difference and divergence constructively and without resort to violence. The paper explores the impact of a number of key governance capabilities on the effectiveness with which intra-societal conflict is managed.
Latto, B. Working Paper No.9. Governance and Conflict Management: implications for donor intervention. (2002) 25 pp.