Peacebuilding

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.

Conflict Truths: an interview with Shamil Idriss on NPR

Search’s President and CEO Shamil Idriss shares insights from 30 years of experience transforming conflict around the world.

Final Evaluation Report – November 2016 – Tomorrow is a New Day, Phase II: “Building a Peace Architecture in the Niger Delta for 2015 and Beyond”

Funded by the European Union, Search for Common Ground implemented Tomorrow is a New Day, Phase II: “Building a Peace Architecture in the Niger Delta for 2015 and Beyond” in partnership with four local partners. The project is a continuation of phase I, which aimed to support community conflict resolution and reconciliation, influence conflict dynamics and facilitate access to information and dialogue in the Niger Delta. Phase II objectives used this foundation to design a programme that reduced tensions among youth, supported the electoral process and established strong linkages for local community decision-making and problem-solving. Launched across 12 communities in four states in the Delta Region of Nigeria (Ogu, Amairi-Osusu in Abia State, Ogbia in Bayelsa State, and Koko in Delta State), Tomorrow is a New Day addressed core issues linked to long-term stability and a functioning peace architecture. Data for the evaluation was collected through online surveys, focus group discussions and key informant interviews. Sustainable indicators included improved relationships, shifting attitudes towards conflict and peaceful elections.

The evaluation found that the project was successful in enabling trust and confidence in local communities and data confirmed a positive correlation between the project and an improved culture of non-violence. Trainings provided participants with the confidence and the “know-how” to ensure non-violent solutions to conflict-prone problems. As a result, all of the participants consulted advocated for non-violent solutions and encouraged mediation and dialogue amongst those affected by conflict. Results included improved relationships and a rise in reconciliation cases, with some participants stating how their own behaviour had improved towards their spouse and children. The programme contributed to a peaceful election process and an increased awareness of rights and obligations of citizens related to the election environment. In some regions, more women participated in the elections as they felt encouraged by the peaceful process. However, although the project was successful in changing attitudes, it encountered critical problems, such as budget issues, and as a result raised significant challenges in reaching some foreseen changes.

Keeping it ‘Holy’: A Muslim and Jew’s Answer to Rising Tensions

Search for Common Ground President & CEO Shamil Idriss and Co-Director for Search’s Jerusalem office Sharon Rosen craft an op-ed on religious tensions and the protection and preservation of Holy Sites.

Baseline Study Executive Summary – Empowering Women as Key Partners in Building Peaceful and Resilient Communities in Sudan – February 2017

“Empowering Women as Key Partners in Building Peaceful and Resilient Communities in Sudan” was implemented by Search for Common Ground (SFCG), in Sudan in collaboration with the Badya Center for Integrated Development Services (Badya), a leading NGO in South Kordofan that works in development and peacebuilding.

Divided We Fall, But Bland Calls For Unity Won’t Cut It Either

The 2016 election highlighted divisions that run deep in American society. Here’s what you can do to help bridge them.