Conflict Resolution Research Preliminary Findings

CEMPROC's mission includes studying conflict, its sources, and its potential solutions, with particular emphasis on conflict in the Latin American context and in developing areas. Since there is a noticeable scarcity of information in the conflict resolution field specifically addressing conflict dynamics and their links to poverty in the Ecuadorian (and Latin American), context, CEMPROC seeks to contribute new insights and understanding to this area. CEMPROC has designed a survey instrument (click here to read the CEMPROC survey) which, in collaboration with local interviewers in Quito, it is using to measure a number of conflict factors in poor, marginalized, or rural areas of Ecuador, and will gauge attitudes and awareness with respect to conflict resolution issues. The data that is gathered from this effort will form an important contribution to the understanding of this field, and just as importantly, will provide baseline information for CEMPROC to use in deciding how it can best serve its target constituency. We hope that this will become a collaborative effort across the Western Hemisphere and even the world. We invite other organizations, institutions, or individuals with similar interests to partner with us, distributing the survey in their area and allowing comparisons across different national and cultural borders. All partners will receive full data and results at the end of the project. Please contact us at if you are interested in participating as a partner organization.

74 usable surveys have been completed; surveys were distributed as randomly as possible in low-income areas in the south part of Quito, Ecuador. Participants voluntarily filled out a three-page questionnaire with a combination of open, closed, and demographic questions. The survey was read to illiterate participants, with the interviewer filling in the form. The survey also included an abbreviated form of the Thomas-Kilman conflict mode instrument to determine personal conflict management style of each participant.

Initial findings:
Greatest cause of conflict in the community:
Conflict Sources Pie Chart, broken down by percentage

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