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Early Warning and Early Response Mechanisms in Northern Nigeria

This study is part of phase III of a 24-month project “Early Warning and Early Response Mechanisms in Northern Nigeria” funded by the department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. It aimed to strengthen early warning and early response processes and encourage state and community actors to protect citizens.

The data collection was both qualitative and quantitative and was conducted in the states of Adamawa and Borno. The findings and data collected also served as baseline values to assess the progress of the project. The results of efforts around early warning and early response to conflicts are still fragmented across partners with limited collaboration. Nonetheless the inclusion of traditional and religious leaders is one of the ways in which Search is trying to consolidate these efforts since traditional early warning and responses are deeply rooted in the communities. The early warning and response systems have also began to adopt some of the traditional mechanisms to promote more collaboration between actors at different levels.

Less number of stakeholders interviewed report responding to conflicts based on the early warning systems in place. There is also a high percentage of stakeholders reporting coordination between communities, security actors, and local government officials. One of the recommendations revolves around strengthening this coordination of actors by mapping all existing early warning and response actors in the North-East region of Nigeria.

Hidden Heroes of a “Faceless War” – a Photo Blog from Yemen

How have two years of war affected ordinary people in Yemen? Learn more about their daily lives, hopes, and struggles with our photo blog.

Secure, Empowered, Connected Communities

Communities in regions of the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are often victims of the attacks of the Lord’s Resistence Army, the notorious rebel group led by Joseph Kony. Though international efforts have reduced the group’s influence, pockets of LRA fighters continue to attack villages, looting property and abducting citizens.

From Diffa to Paris: A young teacher’s rise to global activist

On a hot, dry Thursday morning a young teacher and Master’s student, Abdoul Karim Amadou Maman, walked out of his house in Niamey, Niger and made his way to a training for young leaders. Walking into the session, he had no idea his life was about to change forever.

Conflict Scan – Bolstering Judicial and Social Accountability Processes in CAR – December 2016

The project “Bolstering Judicial and Social Accountability Processes in the Central African Republic” is operating in a context where conflicts are fueled by ethno-religious divisions, materializing in clashes between the pro-Muslim Ex-Seleka and the pro-Christians Anti-Balaka. SFCG, in collaboration with the American Bar Association (ABA) and with funding from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), is implementing an 18-month program to support the rule of law and consolidation of peace in the Central African Republic through judicial and social accountability. In this framework, SFCG carries out conflict scans using a qualitative approach with surveys and focus groups. The scans identify important developments in the conflict that may impact the project implementation.

97% of those interviewed said violence had decreased in the two months preceding the survey. Participants explained that this does not mean that there is no violence and that the conflict is over; however, 40% of respondents report not knowing about existing conflict in their communities. This study shows that the major conflicts affecting CAR are fluid, and the population has a tendency to minimize or to not distinguish between them. The concept of “inter-community conflict” is highly represented during discussions, but the division lines identified are most often religious (Christians/Muslims – 29%) and/or related to economic and power inequality (28%). Despite the focus on religious and economic divisions, participants rank political conflicts (51%) as the most high-risk for the future, and the tensions linked to land issues have also been highlighted as factors that could potentially escalate the situation toward violent conflict.

Our Country Our Home: How a Burundian Priest is Advocating for Peace

As a Pentecostal priest in Burundi, Sebastien believed that his job was to guide the spiritual life of the community, without meddling with politics. When turmoil swept the country after the 2015 elections, he faced a heart-wrenching dilemma. His choice wound up saving a life—and forever changing his own.

Between Economy and Culture: How Art is Curbing Tensions in Bali

The crisis of an old Balinese tradition triggered the potential for violence in Indonesia — until the local Search team came up with an unprecedented solution to curb tensions, based on contemporary arts.