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Use resilience to sustain peace- P4DP Research Validation

Jos Garneo Cephas(cephasalert@yahoo.co.uk)
The Executives Director of Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), James S. Shilue and  Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly
The Executives Director of Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), James S. Shilue and Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly

(elcradio.com/Apr.29.2015)-A one day validation workshop for the consolidation of peace in the absence of war, is urging Liberians to use their resilience to sustain peace and avoid violence and war.

Addressing the gathering, Liberia’s Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly said: “After the 14 years’ war, the world felt Liberia was a failed state but later on in five years, surprisingly we bounce back as a nation. Not too long we have to face the Ebola Virus disease which we have fought highly and believe we will soon be out of it too”.

He said: “Our resilience is symbolized therefore, in the civil communities and so let us reflect on our history in the discussion at the sematic group levels and consider the poverty, disparities and disrespect for one another among us”.

The validation took place April 29, 2015  at the  P.A. Rib House in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The research has as its dual objective to making the voices of Liberians audible and central to their resilience and; use it to engage policy makers at both national and international levels to have access to the frame work and development of peace building in Liberia.

The validation comes about from an eight months research conducted by Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), across Liberia’s 15 counties, and in collaboration with a United States-Based organization, Interpeace with support from Sida and others.

The Executives Director of Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), James S. Shilue said:  “The collection of information making the findings was not limited to people wearing coat suit in Monrovia but rather utilized and collated the views and cooperation people from major cities and rural people nationwide to have this research done”.

Mr. Shilue said the total respondents of 38% females and 62 % males bringing together about 1,152 people interviewed around the country.
  
In the consultation  phase of the research,  the project sought to understand the  level of capacity of individuals, institutions, communities  and households that has been developed  to response to  specific  societal threats  to  peace  and as well as the  Ebola crisis among others.

Several stakeholders  were chosen on community-based level from difference sectors; like women groups, youth, business people and rural women groupings as we as farmers, Ebola Survivors,  traditional leaders and people with disabilities.

Interpeace-USA, Director Graeme Simpson in his intervention, said: “While taking about conflict effects at the same time on society, if Ebola was to strike tomorrow again how better prepared are we?   What can we do, though government has an ownership but how to jointly address common or potential conflict through using our resilience”.

He said: the research was a pilot project being “Most issues involved here is about assess to land, gender, corruption and the reliance to culture are all real concerns”.

Other major speakers at the occasion included the Head of Liberia Female Zoe, Mama Torma, the Chief Imam of Liberia Kamfumba Konneh and the Program Manager from the Governance Commission, Dr. Kpangbala Sengbe who pledge their support and called on Government to consider the recommendations that would be put forward.

 


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