By Citizens platform
The Foundation for Partnership initiatives in Niger Delta (PIND) will organize a Peace camp for peace builders in communities throughout the region to form strong partnerships for collaboration.
The event which is to hold August 26th-30 August, is a project by PIND where stakeholders will use online and offline tools for conflict mapping, dialogue facilitation, and project management to accomplishment of its objective.
According to a statement by Partners for Peace (P4P), “Peace Camp drives to the heart of PIND’s work to put peace building at the forefront of its economic development and capacity building work in the Niger Delta, and highlights the Foundation’s belief that the strongest argument for peace will be made by the strongest stakeholders for peace –men and women in Niger Delta communities whose businesses and very lives are badly impacted by violent conflict.
According to the Executive Director of PIND Mr. Sam Daibo, the Peace camp is expected to “remove the stability in the environment that is necessary for the progress of any community. Schools stop teaching our children, businesses stop investing, people’s livelihoods are disrupted. It’s a vicious cycle, and PIND’s approach is to recognize community leaders, farmers, and other business owners as key stakeholders in their communities. Put simply, there can be no sustainability of any development without peace.”
The events of the Peace Camp will combine workshops, discussion sections and knowledge sharing opportunities to create safe spaces in which peace builders, both old and new, can learn from experts as well as each other.
Training modules will focus on such modules as peace building and dialogue facilitation; using new media for research; project management; development of early warning mechanisms, and conflict mapping.
The Partners for Peace Network will be launched on 28th of August, 2013, a platform by which individuals, businesses, civil society, and communities can work together to better advance their cause of livelihoods free of violence and conflict. Participants will also come up with action plans on how best to launch renewed efforts towards peace in their respective communities.
The P4P project manager, Mr. Collins Imoh stated that “Bringing together the vast majority of stakeholders for peace at different levels of society will be key to fostering a deeper sense of ownership among community members.
“Conflict robs a community’s farmers and business people of their livelihoods and their voice, so this effort is to strengthen the voice of communities, give them agency, and strengthen their capacity to peacefully protect their community and livelihoods.”
“After Peace Camp, Partner for Peace Network members will then organize themselves into chapters and clubs that will contribute to early warning incident reporting, collaboration on solutions to conflict and continue to raise awareness about the benefits of peace” Imoh said.
He expressed hope that the P4P Network would help provide workable, community-based solutions to conflict that can be replicated in conflict-prone areas throughout the country.
Source: Citizens Platform
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