Post-Conflict Capacity-Building Projects in a United Nations Environment

Kashif Basheer Khan

Wars, internal disturbances, low-intensity conflicts, ethnic, and communal and religious violence—all can lead to the collapse of a country’s vital institutions. Stabilizing and rehabilitating a war-torn country require a concerted effort by the international community until the vital organs of the nation resume their functionality. The selection of projects and effective project management assumes a critical importance in the fast recovery of a nation that has recently come out of a war or war-like situation. It is often difficult for the people of a war-torn nation to combat post-war trauma in addition to contributing toward capacity building and rehabilitation and this is where the international community has to play its part through organizations like the United Nations.

Project management under post-war conditions is an uphill task because it tends to rely more on the mental and physical strength, determination, and conviction of project managers and team members, and not just mere technical prowess. In a war-torn country, the project teams get little support from the country’s surviving infrastructure; moreover, the living conditions are poor and security is often precarious. The programs and projects in the culminating phases of conflict, or immediately thereafter, are directed more toward emergency resuscitation of vital institutions. As the …

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