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September 2010: Press Release - Guinea 29th September, 2010

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Guinea: A Test of the Transitional Process

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding observes with concern the recent developments of the political landscape in Guinea in the run up to the second round of the Presidential elections. The division among and within the political class seems to engulf the country in a battle to win over political power at all cost. This is regrettable considering the fact that civil society and the political actors have been united  ................


Guinée: Un test pour le processus de transition

Le Réseau Ouest Africain pour l’Edification de la Paix observe avec préoccupation l'évolution récente du paysage politique en Guinée dans la perspective du second tour des élections présidentielles. La division au sein de la classe politique semble engouffrer le pays dans une lutte sans merci pour parvenir au pouvoir à tout prix. Cette situation est regrettable compte tenu du fait que la société civile et les acteurs politiques se sont unis dans  .............

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Le Burkina Faso est un pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest où l’agriculture et l’élevage sont les principales activités d’environ 80% de la population. Ces activités contribuent énormément à l’économie du pays. Malheureusement, les acteurs de ces secteurs entrent souvent en conflits qui engendrent des conséquences néfastes pour la paix sociale et entravent le développement du pays. Ces conflits se soldent souvent par des morts d’hommes et d’importants dégâts matériels.

Pour contribuer à la réduction, voire l’éradication de ces conflits, WANEP/Burkina a organisé sur financement du Ministère des affaires étrangères Finlandais un programme radio sur la prévention des conflits agriculteurs-éleveurs, situation de plus en plus récurrentes dans le pays. L’émission a été réalisée le mardi 24 Août et le lundi 30 Août 2010 à la Radio Rurale en trois langues : Français, Mooré et Fulfuldé. Ces émissions ont été enregistrées à la Radio Rurale du Burkina qui a une couverture nationale. Ce qui assurément permettra de toucher le maximum de personnes afin de les interpeller sur cette situation qui a souvent des conséquences désastreuses. ....

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September 2010: Press Release - International Day of Peace

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September 2010 - TRC Dissemination Seminar in Sierra Leone and Liberia

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WANEP and NPI-Africa conducted enhanced Dissemination Seminars in Sierra Leone on the 26th August, and 1st September 2010 in Liberia. This has been to share the findings of the research conducted in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa; discuss the implications of the research for Sierra Leone and Liberian’s transitional justice agenda – while identifying gaps for further research. The dissemination seminar was able reach specific audiences, including policy makers, academic community, civil society and presumed beneficiaries of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. Priority was given to sample of target audiences who actively participated in the research process through Focus Group Discussion and one-on-one interview in Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2007. The former Chairman of the Sierra Leonean Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bishop, Victor Humper, and Cllr Jerome Verdier, the former Chairman of the recently concluded Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia provided keynote addresses that set the tone for intensive debates in both countries.

Resource Persons and Participants of the Dissemination Seminar in Sierra Leone, August 26th, 2010

In 2007 and 2009, NPI-Africa and the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) collaborated in a major International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-funded research on transitional justice and the role of truth commissions in Africa. The Project, entitled ‘Transitional Justice Experiences and the Rise of TRC model in Africa; Emerging Lessons and Implications for Post-Accord Societies’ sought to draw out lessons and questions emerging from transitional justice experiences in Africa, and in particular the increasing use of the TRC as the preferred transitional justice approach. The research examined retrospectively three countries that have concluded their TRCs or equivalents (Ghana, Sierra Leone and South Africa), one that was in the process of implementing (Liberia) and one that is considering setting up TJRCs (Kenya). The research focused on the people’s expectations and perceptions of Truth Commissions and their capacity to deliver on truth, justice and reconciliation. The research raises significant lessons and questions that need to be brought to bear on new Truth Commission processes.

NPI-Africa and WANEP were keen that the findings of this ground-breaking research will inform public debates and policies on Transitional Justice in general and TRCs in particular. Local Transitional Justice experts and international agencies including representatives of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and UNDP were provided the space to make thematic analysis, critical comments, clarifications and objective criticisms on the research findings, as they were presented by the team of researchers from WANEP and NPI-Africa. In the process, impacts of the TRC on the current transitional justice impact on socio-political landscape of Sierra Leone and Liberia were examined with a view to identifying gaps, lessons learnt, and the extent to which these lessons and experiences could be documented and cross-fertilise to inform future transitional justice initiatives elsewhere.

Already, as a result of this research, NPI-Africa and WANEP have contributed to the public debate and the formulation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) being set up in Kenya. In order to contribute to the TJRC currently being set up in Togo, the two organizations have already organized dissemination seminar and consultation from 22-23 June, 2009 in Lomè, under the title Transition Justice and the Role of Truth Commission in Africa: Lessons and Implications for Togo. The dissemination Seminar also held in Liberia on the 1st September 2010, made special provision for two Commissioner, including the Chairperson of the Togolese Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commissioners to be able to replicate lessons learnt from Liberia.

September 2010 - WANEP Ghana (GHANEP) Facilitates Peacebuilding Training for Two District Assemblies

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WANEP Ghana (GHANEP) with sponsorship from UNICEF has facilitated a peacebuilding/human security training for two districts of the Northern Region. The two districts are the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and the Yendi Municipal Assembly. 

The training forms part of the Human Security programme of the UN for Northern Ghana which was launched in 2009 by His Excellency, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana in Tamale. It aims at reducing violence, the negative effects of violent conflicts, building local capacity among members of the assemblies for peace and drawing up strategies which would ensure that peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts are mainstreamed into the Medium Term development plans of four assemblies in the Northern, Upper East and West regions.

The programme also aims at consolidating past and existing efforts of peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts by both civil society and state actors. The purpose of the two day training for each assembly was to allow for the communities within the districts to come up with their own strategies and interventions on peace building/conflict resolution and human security initiatives that would be mainstreamed into the medium term development plans of the District Assemblies. It was also to allow communities to develop their Community Action Plans (CAPs) to enhance human security.

Activities during the workshops included presentations on issues of Human Security, concepts of conflict, the constitutes of violence and how to respond and early warning signals of conflict and what to do with such information. Participants also undertook group discussions and developed Community Action Plan (CAP) for their communities.

The training in Yendi was attended by over 70 participants including assembly members, chiefs, community members from five communities namely Guntingli, Balogu, Kumfong, Nayilifon and Zohe whiles that of Tamale was attended by over 73 participants from decentralized departments of the Metropolitan Assembly and from five communities namely Changli, Nyohini, Lamashegu, Aboabo and Choggu.