Chapter 1 Situating yourself within the crisis management framework

The work of the international community in post-conflict situations can be complex and confusing and you may find yourself wondering who is doing what, how, why and where. Therefore, it is important to know what your role is and how to situate yourself within the wider context. For this purpose, you will need to understand that context and be able to identify the various players within it. Although most organisations work towards achieving one common final goal, namely that of peace and stability, you will discover that the majority of them will nevertheless have their own mandates, tasks and structures.

This chapter will be your preliminary guide to understanding the types and shapes of international missions and their implementing organisations. It will provide an overview of the players, their bodies and procedures, as well as some of the focus areas of today’s missions.