OTPIC Officially Retired
As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.
The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.
International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict
Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA
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Providing humanitarian aid to people who have been struck by disaster--either natural or social (for example, war)--is one of the long-established activities of NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Such aid can help mitigate the effects of protracted intractable conflicts, or it can actually make those effects worse. Humanitarian aid usually does help insofar as it provides the most basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. It can also help empower a group of people, enabling them to better deal with their own problems by giving them the strength to address those problems in a coherent way, without having to put all of their energy into simply maintaining themselves.
Yet, humanitarian aid can make a conflict worse if the aid becomes a source of contention, or provides resources to further fuel the conflict. At times, it can also lead to dependency--discouraging people from becoming independent, rather than empowering them as is intended. Thus, NGOs must be very careful about how, where, when and what kind of aid is provided, and must help the people receiving the aid work toward eventual independence from it.
Information about UN Humanitarian Efforts
Link to the United Nations "ReliefWeb"
Bjorn Moller UN Military Demands and Non-Offensive Defense Collective Security Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Support Operations
The Denial of Other Human Needs
High Stakes Distributional Conflicts
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