We are connecting citizens, mediators, civil society, and governments to find collaborative ways to solve land conflict in Burundi, Rwanda, and the DRC.
Search for Common Ground’s conflict transformation training has changed the work of Koto and Justome, two elderly mediators from rural Madagascar.
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.
Raphael was seeking vengeance. Instead, he found the ability to inspire Congolese youth to build peace.
Dorothee felt powerless, until she attended Search – Burundi’s training on conflict mediation.
In the Great Lakes region, local mediators called Abunzi are helping hundreds of families overcome bitter land disputes with their neighbors.