The following discussion exercises are designed to be used by field workers and trainers during workshops and training sessions with community members and local partners. The questions can also be used to assess how a community resolves conflicts, and whether this has changed as a result of the emergency.
How would your community resolve the following conflicts?
Two people are arguing. One bought a piece of land from the other. When he went to the land to build a house, a neighbour claimed he owned some of the land and showed an official document to prove it. The buyer went back to the seller to ask for money back for the part of the land that belonged to the neighbour. The seller refused, saying they had agreed on the price and the deal was closed.
A husband and wife are arguing. The wife would like to get a job to pay for their children, a boy and a girl, to go to a private school. The husband says he is the head of the house and will decide about things relating to money. If she gets a job, she must bring the money to him, and he will decide how it is used. He agrees the boy should go to private school, but not the daughter. For her, the local school is good enough.
Rudin works as a technician for a large firm. He works in a team of seven people who prepare material for shipping. On the team are four women and two other men. The people come from three different countries. One of the men on the team feels Rudin works too slowly and is not doing his share of the work. He laughs with the other team members about Rudin and talks about him in nasty ways. When Rudin has tried to talk about this problem, the rest of the team seems to be against him. It is a very uncomfortable situation for him to work in; he is constantly made fun of and criticised. He does not know what to do.