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Mitigating violent environmental conflicts in the U.S. by promoting community participation in the decision-making process

Mitigating violent environmental conflicts in the U.S. by promoting community participation in the decision-making process

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Nathalie commented on Mediation Surge Teams

Hi Kate,

Thanks for your interest. I posted the answers in my proposal but here they are for you:

- Year 1: CIT will build the capacity of our surge teams by training community mediators to facilitate increasingly complex conflicts. Mediators primarily based in D.C. will initiate community dialogues in high-crime areas around issues that have policy implications. CIT will provide coaching and support to them as they test and fine tune our methodology in the U.S. At the same time, CIT will consolidate its partnerships with US-based mediation networks such as the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and begin to nurture relationships with local mediation centers in areas of the U.S. where CIT’s own network does not reach. This partnership building process is already underway. CIT will develop deployment criteria and, in collaboration with our local partners, begin to elaborate a referral process.
- Year 2-3: CIT’ MST will deploy in 2 areas of conflict per year. CIT will generate lessons learned after each deployment

Overseas, CIT worked with the Salaam Institute, Mercy Corps and the U.S. Institute of Peace just to name a few of our partners. We are currently part of a consortium who’s applying for a $24Million grant to deploy our MST in LRA-controlled areas over the course of 5-year. We’ve mediated between various ethnic and religious groups with a variety of social structures and cultural backgrounds, such as Muslims and Christians and herders and farmers and people from different economic backgrounds such as peacekeeping forces and displaced communities and diverse economic actors. Our mediation framework has proven extremely adaptable to each one of these communities.

One such example of success occurred after a violent confrontation between Congolese peacekeepers and local anti-Balaka rebel forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) which led to the death of an anti-Balaka leader. In response, anti-Balaka elements and their supporters went on the rampage attacking the homes and businesses of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The refugees from the DRC had simply been mistaken by the anti-Balaka to be nationals of the neighboring Republic of Congo, whose contingent they were fighting against.

To escape the violence, about 100 of the victims (including, 19 women, and 49 children) fled and took refuge inside a nearby Catholic Church. At the request of regional authorities operating in the area, a team of mediators was deployed to the area, to initiate and support a dialogue process. At the time of the intervention, many of the victims were still traumatized by the violence and wanted an escape route back to the home country. However, the team was able to work with all relevant stakeholders including UN peacekeepers and an understanding was reached, leading to the gradual and safe return of the Congolese refugees back to their homes in CAR, as well as formal apology by anti-Balaka leaders to the Congolese community for their actions.

I added a link to CIT's website

We are a for-profit conflict management consulting firm (LLC) and our moto is “Consulting with a social conscience”

Yes, I started CIT in January of 2014

Hope this helps :) Let me know if you need additional information.



Nathalie commented on Mediation Surge Teams

Thanks for the reminder! Just published our Mediation Surge Team project idea. Looking forward to your feedback.