Project background information: The beautiful country of Afghanistan has an old relationship with local disputes within the tribes. They have a long history of traditionalized local dispute resolution mechanisms in which the community’s have used to resolve local conflicts in the absence of effective state mechanism.
These bodies often perform crucial local functions, such as resolving land disputes, reintegrating former insurgents and promoting local governance structures. Since these TDR bodies are community-based, they are often times highly effective at analysing the conflict and coming to a resolution that is beneficial for the entire community.
Project description: Based on NECDO’s past successful experiences, they initiated yet another one of their triumphant project, which is about “Strengthening TDR Mechanisms and engaging Imam across 3 Provinces.” In the Afghan society, the Imam’s are a very important role model for the Afghan citizens. Their sayings have a very strong influence on the Afghan community. People always look up to the Imams as their icons. NECDO’s intention is to build on the Imam’s capacity and understanding of the role of women. NECDO’s effort is to balance out the Imam’s thinking with the passing circumstances. This project has been designated based on the interactions of the Imam’s and women social workers. The goal of the project is to enhance for promotion of Peace and unity by mobilizing community leaders, religious leaders and women activists side by side, in order to have sustainable peace within the communities
Achievement of the project:
- Provision of capacity and awareness building on Dispute Resolution, Peace and Women Rights for 262 people (124 Imams and community shura leaders and 138 women activists, teachers and local women shura members) in 12 workshops of three full days.
- Establishment of three provincial-level traditional leader networks to provide increased dispute resolution support to provincial and district GIRoA as well as community Shura’s and Jirga under title of Community Development Working Groups
This activity strengthened community’s desire and capacity to resolve disputes peacefully and it allowed them to promote
peaceful transitions with time. Three Community Working Group consists of active women and men of the trainees were established on provincial level. The CWG structured by the member of working group and now they are successful engage in community awareness raising and conflict management.
- Networking and Capacity Building: 4 days of workshop and a day of conference was In order exchange information and establish networking 40 CWG members were invited from Kandahar, Kunar and Kabul for week of conference and networking, advocacy and community mobilization.
With the help of the Directorate of Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Women Affairs’ in three provinces: Kabul, Kunar, and Kandahar, we were able to finish this project successfully. NECDO Capacity building team played an active role in making this project successful, despite of all the challenges and security risks.
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