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Edward Jombla

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Name
MR EDWARD KNIGSTON JOMBLA
Present Title, Organization National Network Coordinator, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding-Sierra Leone (WANEP-SL)
Education I hold a Bachelor of Art, Honours Degree in Mass Communication and a Diploma in Mass Communication/Public Relations at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (2000-2006).
Work Experience, Achievements

I have worked and accumulated a lot of knowledge in post-conflict development. 2001-2005, I worked for the Search for Common Ground/Talking Drum Studio in Sierra Leone with grassroots communities in partnership with civil society organisations to sensitize and to advocate for social justice, transparency and accountability for effective service delivery systems in the country.

Again within that period, I facilitated, organised and attended several in-country and international training workshops and seminars on Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Conflict Monitoring and Evaluation, Human Rights, Civil Society to name but a few.

As a result of my strong background in journalism, I have also been involved in conflict analysis and mediation through the use of the media and outreach activities. This provided me with an opportunity to enjoy a very good working relationship with Peacebuilding practitioners, government authorities and organisations within and outside the country.

In August 2006, I was employed as National Network Coordinator of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding-Sierra Leone (WANEP-SL).

It is against this background, that I was invited to attend and speak at the 59th Department for Public Information and NGOs (DPI/NGOS) Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York – 6th-9th September 2006. The title of my presentation was ‘Human Security: The Responsibility to protect and the Peacebuilding Commission.’

Additionally, I was invited by Hiroshima Peace Centre (HPC), Japan in October 2007 and September 2008 respectively as facilitator/Lecturer for a joint course work with Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) on Early Warning – Early Response for Peacebuilding. My presentations focused on ‘Early Warning and Preventive Action: A case study of WANEP-SL Community Early Warning and Response Systems,’ and ‘Early Warning and Development Aid.’

As a civil society activist, I have been accredited by the National Electoral Commission as an independent elections observer in past elections. In addition, I have collaborated with vibrant civil society organisations to engage in civic and voter education for presidential and parliamentary elections in the country as well as the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists in a bid to pluralize the media code of conduct in elections.

Quite recently, through my organisation, I gave technical inputs in the engagement of civil society organisations with the government of Sierra Leone and other state actors on the need for the urgent implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Report (TRC Report) in the context of sustaining peace and restoring the dignity of the people of Sierra Leone. This has resulted in the establishment of the National Reparation Committee charged with the responsibility of compensating war victims in Sierra Leone who were left out of the DDR and other relevant government initiatives.

Moreover, I have served as coordinator for the Civil Society Peacebuilding engagement Committee (CSPEC) on the UN Peacebuilding Commission (CSPEC) and presently, a Civil Society representative on the National Steering Committee of the UN Peacebuilding Fund in Sierra Leone

Additional Information

 My unpublished works include: a research into “The Media Role’s in Conflict and Peacebuilding”, “Investigative Journalism and Ethical Reporting – the balance in the print media practice in Sierra Leone-“, “The Challenges of Human Rights and Justice Systems in Sierra Leone”, “Child’s Rights and Child Protection within the Juvenile Justice System,” “Development Aid and Peacebuilding.”

I am currently preoccupied with efforts to build the capacity of the civil society organisations within the network in conflict analysis, prevention, management and transformation through training programmes, organizing conferences, seminars and workshops including the yearly National Peace and Development Forum.