June 2017 Conflict Scan: Prévention et gestion des conflits au Nord Katanga

Summary: Report in French. In June 2017 Search completed a conflict scan to understand the conflicts in the territories of Pweto and Mitwaba, for the project “Prévention et gestion des conflits dans le Nord- Katanga”. The goal of this project is to create favorable conditions for peaceful dialogue in those communities. Over the course of this research, 600 people were interviewed via focus group discussions, 30 people were interviewed as key informants and 770 people were surveyed.

In Pweto, 4 major conflicts were identified: social and ethnic discrimination (47.5%), land border disputes (16.1%), access to economic resources (14.8%), abuses of power (12/2%).

In Mitwaba 3 major conflicts were identified: abuses of power (40.3%), domestic conflicts (33.8%), access to economic resources (14.5%).

Recommendations emerging from the research include: Increasing outreach to demobilized armed forces who are rejecting aid programs and becoming a barrier to program implementation. Search has been targeted with a rumor about SFCG has circulated and the local team has been the victim of the rejection of their activities in the sites.

In Mitwaba there has been a good demonstration of local capacities to resolve conflicts, but they need to be strengthened even more in the territorial authority and community leaders. Increased attention should also be given to land issues.

July 2017 Conflict Scan: Prévention et gestion des conflits au Nord Katanga

Summary: Report in French. In July 2017, Search completed the second Conflict Scan to understand the conflicts in Haut Katanga and Tanganyika, for the project “Prévention et gestion des conflits dans le Nord- Katanga”. The goal of this project is to create favorable conditions for peaceful dialogue in those communities. Over the course of this research, 900 people were interviewed via focus group discussions, 46 people were interviewed as key informants and 1155 people were surveyed.

The conflict scan found varying levels of conflicts according to different communities. In Manono, social and ethnic discrimination was the most common conflict (64.2%), and land conflict was also a significant issue (20%). In Kalemie and Nyunzu, social and ethnic discrimination was by far the most cited (90%).

Based on the findings, the following actions were recommended for programming: Calming situation in Bandera and Nyemba villages was recognized as an opportunity for increased reconciliation work in that area between Twa and Bantu; Across locations, partnership with local organizations on reconciliation efforts could be strengthened; Information campaigns on sexual violence, and the laws surrounding its prevention and punishment should be increased; Finally, a local network based on existing leadership and relationships should be created to address border, land, and mineral rights disputes.

Baseline Assessment for Gender Sensitive Public Communication Project

This baseline study was commissioned to inform the Gender Sensitive Public Communication Project, which Search and its partner Abaad Resource Center for Gender Equality, is implementing with the financial support of the British Embassy in Lebanon. The project, which is planned to end right ahead of the Lebanese parliamentary elections in May 2018, aims to promote women’s participation in politics through television drama series, based on the notion that television series play a unique role in the creation and transformation of social norms at the national level.

The assessment found that women in Lebanese TV dramas are often portrayed as superficial and emotionally weak, which reinforces existing gender stereotypes that hinder women’s participation in politics at the decision-making level. Additionally, is a general willingness to vote for female political leaders, if they can overcome the barriers to entry especially a pervasive system of patriarchy that dominates Lebanese society. The baseline found a need for capacity development among Lebanese TV professionals especially in relation to issues of gender equality.

The report recommends that the planned TV drama series should feature a popular female and have a storyline that presents real-life challenges in a way that is attractive to women and men actress attract women and men, that the series should feature a popular actress. Additionally, the report recommends conducting capacity development workshops on gender sensitive TV dramas and coordinating with key women’s rights groups to draft a joint media strategy.

Baseline Assessment for Diwan Project

This is a baseline assessment conducted for the Diwan Project which is to be implemented in Lebanon’s rural region of Wadi Khaled, located on the northeast border with Syria. The Diwan Project will be implemented between 2017 and 2019, and is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

The purpose of this baseline assessment is to gain an improved contextual understanding of the region where the project is to be implemented, with specific focus on local governance. The study aims to establish meaningful benchmarks against which progress can be tracked throughout the implementation.

The assessment applied a participatory mixed-method approach. The study was conducted between August 7 and October 11, 2017 and was informed by a total of 764 community surveys, 16 focus group discussions with women, girls, men and boys, as well as 34 semi-structured key informant interviews.

The report finds that citizens in Wadi Khaled do not feel included in decision-making processes. Wadi Khaled has very low levels of civic engagement, with fewer than 5% of survey respondents report that they have participated in local governance or social action. The report also finds that development projects are rare and mostly focus on infrastructure.

The report recommends that implementing staff consider establishing consultation meetings between community and local decision makers, with well-known and well-respected decision makers acting as bridges in the process. The assessment report also recommends that livelihood/income generating activities be included in addition to training on community mobilization trainings and awareness-raising initiatives.

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Baseline Study for Fursa – Resilient Communities: Supporting Livelihoods and Social Stability for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities

This report is a baseline assessment which will compliment implementation of the project Fursa – Resilient Communities: Supporting Livelihoods and Social Stability for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities. The Fursa project is funded by the MADAD-Regional EU Trust Fund. It strives to strengthen social stability among youth in refugee and host communities through hosting social cohesion activities, improving psychosocial support and increasing livelihood opportunities. The project will engage youth and key stakeholders in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and in Lebanon.

Final Evaluation of Zo Kwe Zo

This report is the final evaluation of the project “Zo Kwè Zo,” which was implemented in collaboration with the Association of Women Communication Professionals (AFPC) with funding from USAID. The project started on 15 October 2015 and ended on 29 November 2017. It was implemented in the cities of Bangui, Bangassou and Bossangoa, in CAR. The project’s primary goal was to prevent intercommunity violence and support and inclusive peacebuilding process in CAR by: increasing youth participation in peacebuilding processes, amplifying non-violent and collaborative voices in the media, enhancing the capacities of non-state institutions to support transition processes, and strengthen the capacities of local partners to implement activities that bring conflict stakeholders together.