The Conflict Map

Conflict mapping is a technique that is used to show the relationships of the conflict actors to each other and to the prioritized conflict. Conflict maps clarify where the power lies and where your organization is situated among the conflict parties. These maps are helpful in identifying potential allies and opportunities to intervene. An example is presented below:

The conflict map depicts not only the relative power or influence of different actors in conflicts over encroachment in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda), but identifies alliances and blockages between actors. Review the relationships between the conflict actors on your map; think about the work you are already undertaking (or planning to undertake) and how it can (better) influence or shape these relationships to reduce conflict and promote peace. The process for doing so is highlighted below:

Relationships between conflict actors can change over time; new parties can join the conflict, or the nature of the conflict can change due to different interactions between stakeholders. Repeating the exercise to discern changes in relationships can be a potentially useful monitoring tool.

Upon thinking about all of these relationships between partners and between partners and your organization, you can begin to think about the specific actions that can be taken to (re)establish links, foster communication and engage in constructive dialogue to address the conflict.

For more information about the Conflict Map, please download this section of the CSC Manual here (PDF - 6.4 MB).

For the stakeholder profiles, click here.