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Do no harm-Trainer’s Manual – revision now published


Do  No Harm Trainer’s Manual. December 2018. Revised by Jochen Neumann and Wolfgang Heinrich. Published by KURVE Wustrow Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action.”

This publication is a revision of the 2002 manual published by the Collaborative for Development Action / Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA). It includes new material that CDA published in 2016.

The authors added more well-tested case studies from Cambodia, Mozambique, South Africa and Sri Lanka, the latter is designed for application exercises. All case studies come with detailed and tested teaching notes.

The authors, many of the involved trainers and their organisations bring in an additional focus on peacebuilding and human rights, expanding the original focus on humanitarian aid and development work. This wider range is represented in the above mentioned case studies, other illustrative examples and also in the wording. The terminology has been adapted for different audiences ranging from humanitarian aid, development work to peacebuilding and human rights work, i.e. an intervention is now called “project” and not “aid” anymore.

The manual comes with a new structure as the main part follows the Seven Steps of the Do No Harm-Approach itself. Other sections have been expanded to provide more background on training methodologies or on reflections about the use of Do No Harm, i.e. adapting it for different audiences. The final section includes all case studies and handouts in a layout that allows easy use.

The manual entails more options and more diverse teaching methods, i.e. a range of scripted roleplays on Implicit Ethical Messages. Many creative trainers from diverse backgrounds like South Asia and the Horn of Africa have contributed their favorite material.


About the Authors:

Wolfgang Heinrich has a background of 30 years of development work with non-governmental organisations. From 1996 to 2001 he was a member of Mary B. Anderson’s international team for the „Local Capacities for Peace Project“, which facilitated the development of the Do no harm-Approach. He is a Do no harm-Trainer and engaged in implementing, testing and developing as well as disseminating it. Since 2016 he is a freelance consultant and accompanies local non-governmental organisations in South Asia and the Horn of Africa.

Jochen Neumann is a trainer in nonviolent conflict transformation and the Do no harm-Approach. He worked on mediation and reconciliation in South Africa. From 2001 to 2004 he coordinated the implementation of Do no harm at Peace Brigades International, a human rights organisation which offers protective accompaniment to local human rights defenders. Since October 2004 he is the director of KURVE Wustrow – Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action.


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