The UN Migration Agency Raise Awareness of State Actors and Grassroots Communities on Conflict Management and Peace Building
Port Moresby, October 18, 2017 – The UN Migration Agency Raise Awareness of State Actors and Grassroots Communities on Conflict Management and Peace Building
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted a two day Training for Transformation workshop on conflict management and peace building from 17-18 October 2017. The training targeted state actors at the national, provincial, district and Local Level Government (LLG) levels representing legal practitioners, police, disaster coordinators and district administrators playing a key role in conflict mediation and peace building. Representatives from churches and communities highly impacted by tribal conflict in Enga and Morobe provinces also participated in the training.
Conflict and human mobility have been intertwined throughout Papua New Guinea’s history. In recent times the Highlands region of the country has been especially plagued tribal conflict and displacement. “I had the opportunity to visit Bulolo and observe first-hand the commitment of the communities to resolve their differences through embracing open and inclusive dialogue. Everyone’s voice was being heard and respected whether men, women, youth, or acknowledged leaders. It was evident in their dialogue that their communalities outweighed their differences, and that all had a shared vision of a future free of violence,” said Lance Bonneau, IOM Papua New Guinea Chief of Mission. IOM is supporting community based development planning that is complimented by training of peace mediators whose role is to promote sustainable peace and reconciliation solutions at the local level so that community development initiatives agreed upon by consensus can be realized.
“This workshop organized by IOM has helped me understand the importance of addressing root causes of conflict not only the effect,” said Margaret Safuma, a women’s representative from Morobe province. She further noted, “Addressing the root causes of a problem will help us find lasting solutions for peace in Bulolo.” Senior LLG Community Development Officer from Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs, Rowen Nimb thanked IOM for supporting the government. He further noted, “Tribal conflict has hampered delivery of services such as health and education in different parts of our country. We are very happy to work closely with IOM and other development partners to implement community projects that address conflict related problems and promote development initiatives in communities across Papua New Guinea.”
Through bringing together key actors involved in conflict management and peace building to share information and experiences, the workshop will facilitate the development of a user-friendly conflict management manual relevant to the local context. The manual will help strengthen the efforts of conflict mediators to build local capacities for conflict mediation and peace building at the local level, through adopting a systematic and comprehensive engagement strategy.
The Training for Transformation workshop on conflict management and peace building was made possible through funding support from IOM Development Fund.