Community Initiatives for Common Understanding (CICU) project

CICU will foster mutual understanding and cooperation amoung youth, assembling the conflicting groups in a safe space to interact purposefully and seek solutions, as well as collaborate together on small development and peacebuilding efforts in their communities.

The November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accords (CPA) formally ended the decade-long armed conflict and marked the beginning of the path to sustainable peace and development.  However, the country’s progress on political reforms remains slow and the underlying drivers of conflict, impediments to reconciliation, remain unchecked.  Community level tensions that put local peace and stability at risk involve a number of different groups, including neglected and dissatisfied youth, former combatants, and other disenfranchised, marginalized populations.  Some young people are already active in radical youth movements and armed political-ethnic and criminal groups.  Further, the state has limited capacity to ameliorate the social-economic problems and increasing levels of crime and insecurity.  In this context, trust and peace must be strengthened at the grassroots for constructive engagement across conflict lines that lead to tangible benefits.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Implemented by Saferworld, CICU is a three-year, $1,139 million program to foster understanding and cooperation between conflicting groups in 15 VDCs in the conflict-affected districts of Kailali, Bardiya, Surkhet, Banke, and Sunsari.  In partnership with two local organizations, Child Workers in Nepal and the Informal Sector Service Centre, the project will engage 9,000 at-risk and conflict-affected youth, including ex-combatants and their communities.  Using a “people-to-people” approach the project will break down barriers for peaceful dialogue, and build on healthy relationships to identify and collaborate together on community development activities.  CICU will simultaneously raise district and national level actors’ awareness on conflict sensitive development and rehabilitation programming.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Reduce barriers for peaceful dialogue and increase mutual understanding and appreciation of grievances between conflict groups
  • Help conflicting groups collectively identify activities for development and collaborate towards their implementation as a means of reconciliation and rehabilitation
  • Increase awareness of district and national level government actors on conflict sensitive development and rehabilitation programming and integrate lessons learned into local and national? efforts

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

  • Create Reconciliation and Development Forums in each community to serve as the grassroots facilitation group for project activities
  • Conduct conflict-mapping to understanding existing conflict and safety needs between conflicting groups
  • Identify and implement small scale community development activities in order to solidify positive relationships among former adversaries
  • Develop and execute advocacy plans to share project lessons learned at district and national level
  • Produce and share video documentary highlighting youths’ primary issues
  • Provide capacity building support to the two local partner organizations: Child Workers in Nepal and the Informal Sector Service Centre

KEY RESULTS

The project will improve the mutual relationship between the conflicting groups, communities and the local authorities, and increase the ability of key stakeholders to address conflicts at the local level.

CICU will achieve the following results:

  • Cooperative relationships established between conflicting groups to address factors contributing to local tensions within communities
  • Community development-based action plans implemented to address drivers of conflict
  • Community identified conflicts referred to appropriate conflict-resolution mechanisms
  • Lessons learned integrated into conflict sensitive development and rehabilitation programming at district and national levels
  • Local partner organizations’ capacity to implement peace programming increased

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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