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Capacity Building for Prevention of Inter -group and Interpersonal violence. Mediation and Peaceful resolution of Conflicts and Disputes

Promoting social cohesion through capacity building.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

The ongoing war in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, have led to a huge number of people on the move. Close to 35000 are externally displaced and another 437000 are internally displaced. One of the communities hosting a good number of IDPs is Missellele. Prior to the outbreak of the war the host community had a huge water deficit. In 2015/2016 we conducted a water need assessment for Missellele. Missellele had 01 functional borehole with cloudy waters,01 nonfunctional borehole and 01 spring for a population of 6,733 persons. Today although no population census has been conducted, but there are at least 200 households having IDPs and more than 32 migrant families have rented apartments in the community, The result of this population influx is increase pressure on scarce resources. In this case water.The result is constant tensions between the new comers and the host community. The most recent case is a fight that breakout between children of the two communities who went to fetch water at the spring. In the market as well fights have occurred. Our solution in the short term is to train members from both communities in prevention of intergroup and interpersonal violence, mediation and peaceful resolution of disputes and create a 'Mediators Committee'. So far we have trained 30 members and look forward training more. In the long term we hope to get funding to build 10 stand taps to provide pipe borne water to the community.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Missellele is located inTiko Sub-Division in the South West Region of Cameroon. It shares a common frontier with Muyuka Sub-Division which is one of the communities seriously affected by the war, with entire villages burnt forcing the population to seek refuge in the neighboring communities.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Provide both people on the move and their host communities a platform from where they can peacefully resolve issues between their two communities.(The Mediators Committee)

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

This idea seeks to promote Social Cohesion essential for the existence of every community on planet earth. Without Social Cohesion, chaos is bound to occur.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

At the close of the project we expect the number of disputes between the IDPs and their host community to drop. The Mediators Committee will become more active in the promotion of Social Cohesion between the two communities. In the long term with adequate financing the community will have 10 Stand Taps with flowing pipe borne water.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

With no end to the war in sight, and scores of civilians being killed daily especially in the Muyuka area, more and more persons will cross to the Tiko area and notably Missellele. With increasingly scarce resources such as water, there is need for a proper mechanism such as the Mediators Committee to be in place to promote social cohesion. Without this, violence will breakout between the IDPs and Host Communities.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Today there is an estimated 200 families living with IDPs in their homes while another 65 have rented rooms and apartments in Missellele. Consequently, there is an increase pressure over a scarce resource. Between January 2018 and January 2019, the village traditional council recorded a total of 19 cases of complaints from locals about the new comers dirtying ‘our water’. Three cases of fights were recorded at the Maladi spring between children of the ‘new comers’ and locals. A clear indication that, if nothing is done things might get out of hand. Again, there is an increasing phobia towards IDPs, at least two IDPs have heard locals complaining that their presence in their midst will cause the military to come and destroy Missellele. This project therefore seeks to build capacities of both locals and IDPs for the prevention of intergroup and interpersonal violence, mediation and peaceful resolution of disputes at the community level in order to promote social cohesion.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The host community has an established traditional council. But more or less the traditional council acts like a court and passes judgement over cases brought to the council. Members of the Mediators Committee are drawn from the traditional council which already have a good number of men and women coordinating village activities. As for the IDPs or People on the Move, they have grouped themselves into a community with the first arrivals acting as guides for the rest of the new comers. They also have considerable influence over members of their community.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

None

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

Center for Research Education and Resources Distribution to Rural and Underprivileged People

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

The Center for Research Education and Resources Distribution to the Rural and Underprivileged People (CEREDRUP) was founded in January 2014 by two women with a passion for Gender and Community Development. Our work focuses on three key areas: Health: We prioritize improvements in health care delivery and access to the poorest segment of the population. Governance : Our work here is focused on intense advocacy for the implementation of social accountability, the respect of Haman Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women, Children and Access to Justice Environment:Rapid urbanization characterized by hardship and the complete lack of political will for the development of sustainable cities has led to people. especially the Urban Poor building on both hilly slopes and wetlands. Thereby increasing the risk of disasters and serious shortages in vital resources like Energy and Water.

Website URL:

www.ceredrup.org

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

Cameroon

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Tiko

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Photo of Basmeh  Zeitooneh
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Hi Felico,

I really like your idea! I think we can share ideas on non-violence and peaceful communication!

Photo of Felico Atabong
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Thank you Basmeh. Can you please send me some materials on Peaceful Communication. You see my country is at the brink of a collapse with lots of violent and hate speech on the rise. We are presently seeeking funds to start a nation wide campaign on non-violence and peaceful communication.Please send me an email to socialmobilisation@gmail.com

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