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This pillar contributes to:

SDG 3Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 4 – Quality Education

SDG 5 – Gender Equality

SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals


The impact of stress and trauma symptoms along with increasing levels of burnout take a substantial toll on the cost and effectiveness of work done in conflict and post-conflict environments. Many field workers have spoken out about the contrast between the care they are meant to provide, and the lack of support available for their own ordeals. This gap between effort and reward, expectations and commitment ultimately leads to dysfunctional communication, low morale, high staff turnover and billions of dollars wasted every year. We aim to encourage a change in culture that focuses on preventing, monitoring and responding to the distress experienced by those working in vulnerable settings. We envision a world where those facing the consequences of violence are treated and treat themselves with care and dignity. This project contributes directly to international, regional and national efforts aimed at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, as stated in SDG 3.


  • Contribute to international, regional, national and local efforts to reduce the impacts of trauma, stress and burnout
  • Facilitate learning, healing and growth
  • Increase resilience, functioning and well-being at the individual, community and national levels for member states and organisations
  • Strengthen capacities of individuals and organisations who work in conflict and post-conflict settings to access evidence-informed practices /treatment /care

Target Audience

  • Personnel of organisations and government agencies working in conflict and post-conflict settings
  • Marginalized communities with a particular focus on women and youth

In This Pillar


  • Confronting trauma (available online: English, French)
  • Stress management

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