From hostility to hope in Tanzania’s gold mines

Human rights abuses and violence have impacted livelihoods in communities around Tanzania’s mining sites. A Police Inspector is helping turn the tide.

“C’Est Possible”: a Project Debut in Madagascar

Our project Samy Gasy tackles Madagascar’s political fragility, bringing together local leaders for training on dialogue and conflict transformation.

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 […]

Final Evaluation – January 2016 – Gender Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative: Nigeria Early Warning System

The rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria along with the Nigerian military’s response to insurgents, has significantly increased the security risks for vulnerable populations, particularly women and girls. Through its partnership with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Search for Common Ground (Search) launched the Gender Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative in early 2015 in North-eastern Nigeria to improve communities’ capacity to identify and respond to threats to civilians. This program was designed to a) expand Search’s existing community-driven Early Warning System (EWS) to two areas in North-eastern Nigeria, Shehuri North and Gwange III, where women and girls are particularly at risk and b) strengthen the response mechanisms linked to Search’s EWS. This evaluation used a combination of methods including group discussions, interviews, working groups and participant surveys.

This project successfully expanded into the two areas in North-eastern Nigeria, where participants were trained on how to identify and record threats in their communities, including cases of abductions, attacks and killings by Boko Haram and destruction of villages. Over the course of the project, 104 reports were sent in by data collectors. Cases were referred to the police and other formal justice structures, although most responses were successfully coordinated by community leaders who adopted a more ‘social’ approach to mediation and resolution. Some of these resolved cases included returning a 6-year old girl back home after being kidnapped, addressing forced marriage, raising awareness about the dangers of engaging in drugs and preventing a cholera outbreak. Overall, participants felt that this project had a positive impact and was an important step to empowering their communities to tackle the challenges they face, both socially and from a security perspective. Potential suggestions for improving future programs include restructuring the Early Warning Early Response process, considering gender perspectives in data collection and strengthening public trust in response providers.

Congolese Army Wife Stands Up Against Domestic Violence

Inspired by Search – DRC’s human rights training for the Congolese Army, Sylvie launched her own program to protect women from domestic violence.

Samy Gasy: Communication and Conflict Resolution in Madagascar

Samy Gasy is an international training program in conflict transformation and peacebuilding targeting influential groups in Malagasy society.

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.