Mediation

Terre D’Entente: Citizen Participation in Land Mediation in the Great Lakes

We are connecting citizens, mediators, civil society, and governments to find collaborative ways to solve land conflict in Burundi, Rwanda, and the DRC.

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Common Ground, not compromise: a new strategy for Malagasy mediators

Search for Common Ground’s conflict transformation training has changed the work of Koto and Justome, two elderly mediators from rural Madagascar.

Collaboration mechanisms and the role of land actors in Nyanza-lac, Burundi

This case study report was made in the context of a 48-month regional project in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda whose objective is to support the legitimate government of the Great Lakes, so they have the capacity to meet the essential functions of the State. It was designed following a qualitative methodology including Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with residents and returnees as well as with female and male mediators from the Conseil National des Bashingantahe (CNB) and the Commission Nationale Terres et Autres Biens (CNTB). Key informant interviews (KII) were also conducted with CNTB and CNB officials, and members of the local administration. In total, we conducted 4 FGD with 14 women and 17 men as well as 9 KII. Main findings include that the climate between land actors has improved as a result of SFCG inclusive training sessions in mediation and that their capacity to get involved in sensitive land issues in their communities has improved. For the remaining project implementation period, it is recommended for SFCG to reinforce the effectiveness of its regional exchanges as well as better including the community in formal and informal land mediation processes.

Strengthening citizen participation around sensitive issues in order to prevent conflicts in the Great Lakes region: The role and place of women in mediation in Gisagara District, Rwanda

This case study report was made in the context of a 48-month regional project in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda whose objective is to support the legitimate government of the Great Lakes, so they have the capacity to meet the essential functions of the State. It was designed following a qualitative methodology including Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with citizens, female and male mediators as well as Key Informants Interviews (KII) with Ministry of Justice officials, committees of mediators’ presidents and vice-presidents and executive secretaries of Cells of the Mamba and Ndora sector. This study looks at the evolution of the role and place of women in mediation in the Gisagara District of Rwanda. Main findings include that the contribution of female mediators in solving land related disputes has improved over time. SFCG’s trainings have equipped women mediators with knowledge, skills and conflict resolution techniques, as well as land-related laws. Furthermore, intra-household conflicts are decreasing in some areas where female mediators have been trained and conducted successful mediations. However, this positive result was also generated by unintended impacts on family dynamics and evolving relationships between men and women and should be taken into account in future programming.

From Attacker to Arbitrator: One Man’s Journey to Peace

Raphael was seeking vengeance. Instead, he found the ability to inspire Congolese youth to build peace.

Seeking an end to violence, a schoolteacher becomes a mediator

Dorothee felt powerless, until she attended Search – Burundi’s training on conflict mediation.

When land conflict erupts, Rwanda’s Abunzi come to the rescue

In the Great Lakes region, local mediators called Abunzi are helping hundreds of families overcome bitter land disputes with their neighbors.