Thank you for the great questions. You are not off tangent at all. Below are the answers:
Q: Could these peace fellows also help bridge divides to create collectively beneficial economic opportunities by bridging enterprises, entrepreneurs and small businesses from different tribal groups to create collective bargaining opportunities? A: Yes—the curriculum will include collective bargaining and principled negotiation/consensus building models.
Q: Will the peace makers be employed by the program or gain increases in salary for taking part? A: The target group will be working with the various organizations, and it’s expected their successful participation will yield promotions and other financial/inkind incentives.
Q: What would the program look like for a peace maker? Would it be in addition to their existing work or a sabbatical program? A: Peace Fellows are selected from senior leadership within the country. It is envisioned that they will continue working within their organization which can provide the additional weight of influence and resources. The trainees are expected to be granted leave for the US training phase, as well as other training in Africa outside of their location. The pilot will help us to determine if this is the best approach.
Q: Would you be able to tell me more about the prototyping work you have done? A: We have trained over 5000 people from various parts of Africa on alternative dispute resolution, notably legal professionals, human rights professionals, and youth/community leaders, etc; they serve as mediators or trainers at basic level skills. Many of our previous cohort have been elected to higher positions such as lawyers becoming judges.