Success Stories

United for Greater Governance: Empowering Rural Communities to Strengthen Local Governance and Accountability Processes

This study is part of the European Union funded project “United for Greater Governance: Empowering Rural Communities to Strengthen Local Governance and Accountability Processes” aiming to increase the accountability and citizen participation in local decision-making around service delivery and governance in rural Sierra Leone.

Qualitative and quantitative data collection noted there is little inclusion of citizens in development planning and decision-making meetings.The majority of citizens do not engage with elected officials out of fear of political intimidation. Levels of participation in accountability processes around public services is also low and most community members report not having received any trainings or access to training opportunities.

Based on the findings, the study recommended that Search target women and youth in rural areas and use participatory approaches to increase civic education among these target groups. Additionally, it is recommended to increase community engagement efforts through radio programming since it is Sierra Leone’s most popular information dissemination channel.

Youth Consultations on Peace and Security

The “Kallo Karayé” (On East Ensemble) project is an initiative implemented by Search for Common Ground and funded by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to promote leadership and community engagement in order to strengthen community resilience in Diffa. It is within the framework of this project that a conflict scan was carried out, with the objective of collecting information on conflicts and tensions affecting the sites in order to inform the programmatic decisions of the actors operating in the target areas.

The conflict scan is based on a qualitative approach (Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews) in 4 different sites: Kablewa; Garin Wanzam; Nguigmi; and Kindjandi. Focus Groups Discussions targeted Nigerian refugees, displaced persons, and host populations. Key Informant Interviews targeted traditional leaders, government actors, security forces, community leaders, youth representatives, representatives of different ethnic groups, and women leaders. The results of this study showed that 3 main conflicts were identified due to the insecurity and precariousness on the different sites: conflicts related to resources; conflicts related to delinquency and banditry, and conflicts between pastoralists and farmers. Gender based violence is present in the 4 sites demonstrating that they are particularly vulnerable. Most of the tensions analyzed by this Conflict Scan predated the displacement of populations. However, the displacement has increased the existing tensions. The results highlight that these tensions led to extreme forms of violence, including deaths. Confrontations can worsen and degrade the situation on the sites.

Kallo Karayé Supporting Displaced Populations in Diffa

The “Kallo Karayé” (On East Ensemble) project is an initiative implemented by Search for Common Ground and funded by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to promote leadership and community engagement in order to strengthen community resilience in Diffa. It is within the framework of this project that a conflict scan was carried out, with the objective of collecting information on conflicts and tensions affecting the sites in order to inform the programmatic decisions of the actors operating in the target areas.

The conflict scan is based on a qualitative approach (Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews) in 4 different sites: Kablewa; Garin Wanzam; Nguigmi; and Kindjandi. Focus Groups Discussions targeted Nigerian refugees, displaced persons, and host populations. Key Informant Interviews targeted traditional leaders, government actors, security forces, community leaders, youth representatives, representatives of different ethnic groups, and women leaders. The results of this study showed that 3 main conflicts were identified due to the insecurity and precariousness on the different sites: conflicts related to resources; conflicts related to delinquency and banditry, and conflicts between pastoralists and farmers. Gender based violence is present in the 4 sites demonstrating that they are particularly vulnerable. Most of the tensions analyzed by this Conflict Scan predated the displacement of populations. However, the displacement has increased the existing tensions. The results highlight that these tensions led to extreme forms of violence, including deaths. Confrontations can worsen and degrade the situation on the sites.

Feeding Others: How a Kyrgyz Student is Countering Radicalization to Violent Extremism in his Rural Community

“I am a patriot of my country,” says Maisalbek, who is in his final year studying journalism at a local university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For generations, his family has lived in a village in the mountains above Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan. When he was young, however, his mother […]

Researching His Way to Empowerment

After participating in the Amahoro Iwacu-Peace in My Home program, Sixte completed research to help him and others understand problems within his community and created programs for youth in his community to alleviate poverty and to help others to use peaceful means to solve conflict.

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.

Sustainable Business Practice Program
Improves Community Relationships

North Mara gold mine sites are under severe pressure from illegal mining intrusions from both youth in the area and larger groups of ‘opportunists’ from other regions and neighboring countries. While enforcing the property rights of the mines, the police also struggle with very negative perceptions from the […]