Capacity development on peacebuilding
The workshop was organised to enhance capacity of key actors in the Great Lakes Region in peace building. The workshop held from 24-28 April 2014, is one of a series organised as part of the Great Lakes project. The workshop organised by Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in partnership with Nairobi Peace Initiative (NPI-Africa), Global partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and African Center for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a follow up of the capacity needs assessment and validation workshop conducted in 2013.
The specific objectives of the workshop were to:
- Strengthen local conflict prevention and peace building capacities through shared experiences, insights and lessons across the region.
- Support local civil society's role and contribution to conflict prevention and peace-making initiatives in the Great Lakes Region through engagement with strategic decision-makers.
- Provide support, review, streamline and strengthen national and regional peace building frameworks in the Great Lakes region for the purpose of regional stability.
The workshop brought together civil society organisations from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, DRC and Burundi. Participants also included two Government Ministries/Departments involved with Conflict management, violence reduction and disaster management, the Office of the Conflict Early Warning and Early response Unit as well as National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs; and the Office of the Prime Minister.
During the opening ceremony, participants were explained that the Great Lakes Project focus on 3 key areas of intervention. A) Capacity Building of CSO, B) Building national strategies and partnerships for collaboration C) strengthen collaboration between local and regional mechanisms on peace building. Through engaging with the International Conference on Great lakes region (ICGLR) the GLP will advocate effective inclusion of youth and women in peace building interventions. In his keynote address the State Minister for Mineral Development mentioned that Peace and Security within the region is still very fragile which calls for extensive collaboration and joint engagement between countries. He particularly sighted cross border conflicts as well as intra state insurgencies as catalyst to regional insecurity and conflicts. He warned the participants of the threat of resource based conflicts and highlighted the need to address such conflicts in line with regional initiatives. He also commended the efforts of CSO in peace building and social rehabilitation and recovery programmes.
The workshop concerned itself on thematic concepts that are critical for Peace building and conflict transformation activities as well as project success. The thematic areas were mainly informed by the capacity needs assessment conducted by the project in 2013. The facilitators were high profile people with a lot of knowledge and rich practical experience in their areas of practice. Other presentations were made on ICGLR, Northern Uganda, and peace building initiatives in DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.
The thematic areas discussed were:
- Conflict Early Warning and Early Response
- Conflict Analysis – Situation analysis, conflict detection and conflict prevention
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Peace building Initiatives
- International, Regional, and Local frameworks for peace
- Gender and Peace building.
Participants ably engaged in healthy discussion and group work on each of the issues presented, relating them to their works in Peace building and conflict resolution. After grasping the critical concepts, participants scrutinised the current practices of their works trying to identify areas they can strengthen internally for future interventions and programming. It was noted that an effective peace building frame work should combine a variety of stakeholders,( both beneficiaries and actors), appropriate tools and practices,( timely early warning information, dissemination and usage; practical responses); and appropriate coordination( linkage to national and regional frameworks).