IFREI's raison d'être is risk prevention - whether these risks are accidental or intentional - and reduction of conflictualities. IFREI develops and promotes the cindynical methodology, which has the particularity of placing the human at the heart of danger and prevention issues: beyond technical aspects, the cindynical approach to prevention is primarily organizational, based on strategic thinking, and seeks operational efficiency.
Initially, IFREI focused on intangible risks, and notably on risks emerging with information and communication technologies development, and information societies and "cyberspace", which is currently being militarized. Focused on organizational aspects, the cindynical approach was especially adapted to the intangible risks field. Therefore, IFREI had to extend the cindynical models in order to specifically take account of conflicting situations: this led to supplement the concept of resilience and the concept of reduction of vulnerabilities by the notions of friction phenomena and of reduction of conflictualities*.
These developments lead to extending Cindynics areas of use beyond the strict risk prevention domain: the rigorous modeling of the notion of conflictuality allows the cindynical methodology implementation in the conflict prevention field and the conflicitualities reduction field. Moreover, the concept of conflictuality covers in practice a continuum, which includes weak conflictualities and divergences, which degrade the development actions efficiency. The cindynical methodology is therefore twice useful for development: on the one hand because it prevents human or environmental damages too often associated with development actions, and on the other hand by its ability to reduce friction phenomena and to improve operational efficiencies.
Following a first stage mainly devoted to methodological tools development and to modeling activities, IFREI is now involved in the cindynical methodology dissemination and in prevention capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa, where life expectancy is the lowest in the world.
* conflictualities being defined as propensities of situation to degenerate into conflicts.