Supporting community-oriented solutions to conflicts in Taizz and AbyanApr 10, 2016
Sana’a, 11 April 2016 - UNDP in partnership with Search for Common Ground has launched a Social Cohesion and Conflict Transformation Initiative in Ash Shamayateen and Al Ma'afer districts of Taiz Governorate and Lawdar and Mawdiah districts of Abyan Governorate. The project aims to support community-based dialogue to resolve conflicts and enhance community resilience to violence in the targeted districts.
Twenty trainers including 30% of women from both governorates have been provided with an advanced training of trainers (TOT) in conflict analysis, mediation, and dialogue design and facilitation. The aim of the training is to empower a generation of Arabic-speaking trainers to provide training on dialogue and conflict prevention to 100 local community conflict mediators in the targeted districts.
“The training constituted a quantum leap in my personal and professional life. I gained new skills and techniques in conflict management that I always wanted to learn, “said Khaled Al-Shamiri, one of the participants in the training. “This project came just at the right time. Community leaders and activists need to know how to deal with conflict and resolve it,” he added.
The project aims to engage members of local communities in dialogue processes to map key community conflicts and identify potential solutions and resources for peace. The community-level conflicts, which could include the influx of internally displaced persons or the criteria for distribution of humanitarian assistance, are either exacerbated or created by the ongoing conflict that communities.
“This initiative aims to build social cohesion and foster a culture of constructive dialogue among community members to resolve conflicts,” said Chikako Kodama, UNDP Chief Technical Specialist. “It will also facilitate implementation of humanitarian assistance by empowering community members to manage tensions and social changes that revolved under the crisis,” she added.
Sub-grants will be provided to local partners to support the community leaders to implement 16-20 community-based dialogue initiatives in Taizz. These initiative will help local communities to address a specific conflict area identified through the conflict scan phase. Another round of community dialogues will be implemented in the targeted districts of Abyan.
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