Dumisha Amani Zanzibar: FCS, Search for Common Ground holds session on peacebuilding approaches with CSOs, Religious Leaders, Community Leaders and LGAs

Foundation for Civil society (FCS) and Search for Common Ground- Tanzania (SFCG) held 3 refresher training sessions with, Civil society Organizations (CSOs), community and religious leaders and Local government actors on peacebuilding approaches from 3rdFebruary to 5thFebruary in Unguja and Pemba.

In 2021, SFCG trained had members working in   CSOs, community leaders, religious leaders and local government actors on -peace building approaches within [NL1] communities thus the refresher training was held to reflect on the approaches, share experiences on how the prior training has capacitated the actors in dealings with conflict. During the span of the 3 days, each group meet with facilitators of the training for the reflection sessions for 1 day.

The refresher training was also composed of recapping the eleven modules of peacebuilding which include Identity, Adversarial vs Collaborative approaches, Dimensions of Conflicts, Responding to conflicts, Conflict analysis, Visible and Invisible Dynamics of Conflicts Perspectives and perceptionsetc.

‘’Understanding approaches that build peace in communities increases people’s ability to respond to conflict. Conflict is inevitable but violence is not because of differences in perceptions and perspectives in communities. As communities we must come together to ensure that we support conflict resolving approaches to maintain peace’’ said, Rehema Malongo, FCS program Officer and facilitator.

“Building trust between the conflicting parties, maintaining neutrality, active listening, identifying the visible and invisible conflict dimensions helps community leaders, religious leaders, local government actors and civil society organizations solve a conflict,” She added

DUMISHA AMANI – Zanzibar was launched in March 2021 and is being implemented by FCS and SFCG across all regions in Unguja and Pemba.

Specific objectives of the project include;

  • Enhancing the capacity of different stakeholders in communities including religious leaders, government leaders, influential leaders, Shehas, so that they become resourceful structures in maintaining peace in their communities.
  • Foster dialogues and collaboration among government and community stakeholders to act as informal mediators and champions for peace in their communities.
  • To increase community awareness in the joint conflict prevention efforts and avenues to address disagreements and conflicts peacefully.

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