Conflict transformation is a term that has come into common usage in recent years, as a concept and a process that encompasses various aspects of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, supporting local capacities for peace and transformational development.
Action for Conflict Transformation, a global network of practioners, define it as:
“A holistic and multifaceted process of engaging with conflict. It aims to reduce violence and to protect and promote social justice and sustainable peace. It requires work in all spheres, at all levels and with all stakeholders. Conflict transformation needs to be accountable to those directly affected by conflict but requires networks and linkages to sustain it.
Conflict transformation is an ongoing process of changing relationships, behaviours, attitudes and structures, from the negative to the positive. It requires timely interventions, respect for cultural context, patience and persistence and a comprehensive understanding of the conflict. As conflict is dynamic and conflict transformation is an ongoing process, learning is a vital component.”