To promote sustainable peace by addressing the “root causes” of violent conflict and supporting indigenous capacities for peace management and conflict resolution.

Using Game Theory Strategies for Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding

Humanitarian action and peacebuilding workers and benefit in their work by using game theory. Game theory allows the HAP player to develop strategies seeking out the best payoffs for providers, donors, recipients, and beneficiaries through the use of game trees and matrixes by showing in advance of taking specific action and spending money and resources. This works for the refugee or internally displaced person since it gives them a clearer picture as to what options are available for them, and under what conditions, as well as involving them as partners in their own decision-making process. Game theory uses many different games but while focusing on finite games and cooperative games as the best direction to work, it is important to point out the infinite and non-cooperative game as well. Using all four games help bring out a fuller picture in areas such as conflict analysis, context analysis, and transitioning to an urban context since decision making will involve all players in collaboration to reach the best outcome and the path towards that outcome.

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