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Frontier Peace project launched in Grand Gedeh, River Gee

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P4DP Executive Director, James Shilue
P4DP Executive Director, James Shilue

GRAND GEDEH, LIBERIA - As UNMIL draws down, a frontier peace project has been launched by Liberia’s Peace Building Office.

The Frontier Peace project Project, in collaboration with the Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), was launched in Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties.

The program anchors to project of Human Security, seeks to strengthen and links peace and security in the two Southeastern border counties.

The Executive Director of P4DP, James Shilue, said: “The short term project is meant to strengthen and harness physical, human security and peace building in eight-frontier communities in the two counties.”

The project has as its theme: “Enhancing Local Peace Building and Security initiatives at the Southeastern Frontiers of Liberia.”

“The project intends to mobilize existing forces of peace and security (multi-stakeholders) to provide Peace- building and state-building training,” he said.

“It is also intended to promote dialogue on how to deal with the challenges of peace and security in communities cut  across the region.”

“More than 40 local participants were trained to help facilitate information exchange bordering on controlling their own security,” he disclosed.

“They are expected to work in concept with the County Peace Committees (CPCs) of Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties and surroundings communities,” the P4DP Executive Director noted.

Launching the project, the P4DP Team Head, Jackson Spear, said: “Local security forces, specifically those involved with border communities, the county Peace Committees and heads of county authorities will continue playing major roles after the project’s launch.”

The Platform for Dialogue and Peace is a Liberian peace-building and research-oriented organization that received the first UN Peace-Building Fund in 2008, and currently working  through Inter Peace.

According to Mr. Spear, P4DP is currently working along with state and non-state actors to build genuine peace and uses participatory action research methodologies in all of its work.
“The program is funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).”

“Besides strengthen local people’s security and communities’ peace, the program has a goal focused on strategies to promote communication and resilience among the people,” he further noted.

Preliminary work, including a two-day workshop, with the identification of local collaborators and stakeholders, was held on October 25 and 26, 2016 in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.

Participants are expected to meet in Zwedru and Fish Town in December, 2016 to provide feedbacks and design strategy for enforcing collaboration and cooperation on key issues of Peace, safety, reconciliation and social cohesion, consistent with Sustainable Development Goals-16.


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