Human rights and conflict resolution workers are often seen as having conflicting aims. However, addressing a full range of post-settlement societal needs enables the synergistic combination of human rights and conflict resolution to contribute effectively to peacebuilding.
We adopt a human rights-based approach to its work, and seeks to work with partner organisations to develop human-rights based approaches to build peace. This strengthens accountability, participation, transparency and the equal rights and dignity of all men, women, girls and boys.
We seek to highlight human rights within a conflict sensitive framework, by engaging in participation and partnership, developing capacity to take part in human rights and advocacy activities that have ‘indirect’ and ‘direct’ peacebuilding impacts based upon a Human Rights Framework. Cord’s conflict sensitive approach recognises that social change can occur through conflict. This is especially the case in rights based work which often highlights tensions between rights holders and duty bearers and tackles complex power dynamics. Cord seeks to understand these dynamics and transform conflict, working to ensure that change occurs through non-violence.