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Project ID 00070665 Description PBF/LBR/A-4 Platform for Dialo
Fund
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 22 Apr 2009
Theme
Democratic Governance -W2
Project status Financially Closed
Country Liberia Participating Organization   UNOPS - UN Office for Project Services
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Project Description:

This intervention aims to contribute to increase positive social and political cohesion by creating better capacities in state and non-state actors to deal with conflict through collaborative action. The project focuses on the development of spaces for inter-sectoral dialogue and action-oriented collaboration, and the instilment of abilities that, in society as well as in formal political structures, can strengthen the capacity to assess challenges, address tensions and resolve conflicts in non-violent ways.

 

Peacebuilding Impact:

Better capacities in state and non-state actors to deal with conflict through collaborative action

 

Outcome(s):

  • Broad national consensus around a strategy addressing key challenges for consolidation of peace in Liberia
  • A social network of key social and political actors engaged in effective dialogue and collaborative action
  • Improved attitudes and behaviour in a core group of social and political actors
  • A core of institutions in state and society that can provide technical support and assistance to the implementation of action-oriented dialogue processes
  • Reconciliation in Nimba County strengthened through collaborative action between state and society 

 

Outputs and Key Activities:

Outputs:

First 12 months (PBF funding):

  • 8 CSOs trained and experienced in participatory action research and facilitation of action-oriented dialogue processes
  • Core Group in Ministry of Internal Affairs trained and experienced in participatory action research and facilitation of action-oriented dialogue processes
  • A report on key challenges for consolidation of peace in Liberia that reflects the perceptions of different sectors of Liberian society and state on these issues
  • 3 recommendations from Nimba Reconciliation Project implemented:
  1. A public awareness campaign
  2. A network of Peace Committees
  3. A County-wide youth programme

Months 13-24 (additional funds)

  • A mechanism for national inter-sectoral dialogue on key challenges for consolidation of peace in Liberia
  • A consensus-based plan of action addressing key challenges for consolidation of peace in Liberia and recommending further collaborative action

Key Activities:

First 12 months (PBF funding):

  • Train the teams and prepare the strategy
  • Undertake in-depth participatory action research at the local level in various locations around Liberia based on sampling criteria that will put an emphasis on the level of conflict
  • Establish multi-stakeholder working groups in Nimba county to design and implement an awareness campaign and a youth policy, following recommendations of the pilot project in Nimba
  • Set up, train, support and monitor one Peace Committee per district in Nimba county, following recommendations of the pilot project in Nimba
  • Identify national agenda based on the findings of the previous phase.  Prioritize the four most important issues from the agenda.

Months 13-24 (additional funds) 

  • Establish and facilitate the proceedings of four thematic working groups on the issues identified before
  • Approve final recommendations for further action on the different themes of the working groups

Indicator and Benchmarks:

Measurable indicators:

  • Number of conflictive issues that are addressed through  sustainable collaborative dialogue processes
  • Number of national institutions in state and society that are capable and willing to use collaborative approaches to address conflictive issues
  • A report identifying key challenges for consolidation of peace in Liberia that enjoys broad legitimacy and support from political and social actors
  • A series of policy recommendations that address key challenges for consolidation of peace in Liberia 
  • Level of convergence of social and political sectors in society around challenges identified in the Report and policy recommendations.
  • Number/variety of groups in state and society engaged in the dialogue process
  • Relevance/scope of issues debated in the dialogue process
  • Perceived social legitimacy of dialogue process
  • Expressed level of ownership by participant actors on the dialogue process and its results
  • Core group of participant social and political actors reach agreement on collaborative strategies to address challenges for consolidation of peace.  
  • Freedom of expression, civility and respect regularly exercised by participants
  • Core group of social and political actors begin to replicate collaborative dialogue as a tool for conflict resolution in the context of their regular activities
  • Institutions in state and society institutionalize their capacity by dedicating units and staff to research-based dialogue processes.
  • Civil society institutions and MIA capable and willing to provide technical support to collaborative dialogue initiatives
  • Mechanisms for community-based conflict resolution in place and functioning
  • Collaboration across ethnic divide increased at district and county levels and reflected in joint initiatives
  • Collaboration between state and society increased at district and county levels and reflected in joint initiatives
  • Number of disputes resolved peacefully and legally increased
  • Number and quality of trained staff in the civil society organizations
  • Number and quality of trained staff in MIA
  • Expressed level of convergence around and ownership over the Agenda identifying key challenges for consolidation of peace by participants in the process.
  • Expressed level of convergence and ownership around proposed plan of action addressing key challenges to consolidation of peace by participants to the process
  • Number and regularity of sessions at the different dialogue spaces (national group, thematic groups, regional focus groups)
  • Level and quality of participation at the different dialogue spaces
  • Agreed components of the awareness campaign implemented in Nimba
  • Community Peace Committees established, methodology developed, and start to deal positively with local conflicts and disputes
  • Youth programme agreed and implementation started

 

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