In 2023 the Centre for Research, Training and Publications (CRTP) continued with improving the Conflict Monitoring Tool which was created in 2019  to explore strategies of managing and possibly resolving conflicts a cross the Eastern Africa region  particularly Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and DRC. Understanding the in-depth analysis of causes, trends and manifestations of conflicts is important, the development and implementation of an appropriate conflict-monitoring tool as a model of conflict analysis is a requisite to the peacebuilding discourse.

The year 2023 has witnessed a notable increase in global conflicts, stemming from various sources. These conflicts include the Israel-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, the ongoing Russia invasion of Ukraine, clashes between Hezbollah and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on the Israel-Lebanon Border, the Houthis posing a threat to the transport of goods in the Red Sea, the Sudan Civil War, violent extremism in the Sahel and West Africa, and instability in Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan. The 2023 CMT examines the present status of conflict in these four countries while recommending possible responses mechanisms.

The main objectives of the CMT were to:

  1. Identify the key drivers and key actors of conflict across the region of study
  2. Identify the levels of conflicts using the conflict curve tool.
  3. Examine the local and regional interventions for improving peace stability
  4. Recommend strategies for conflict resolution and peace interventions