2016 Training of Peace Volunteers

The Civil Peace Service (CPS) Unit of COMINSUD hosted 26 volunteers from five different communities of Mezam Division for a training workshop on “Peace Work and Conflict Analysis”.
First part in this training was clarify and define key words that are very often used but not well reflected on like peace, violence, and conflict.
Angwafo Peter suppored the trainng as a ressource person, presenting the Mankon peace approach

Angwafo Peter from the Mankon Palace supported the trainng as a resource person, presenting the Mankon peace approach

Second part was to analyze conflict examples within the participants communities. Therefore we used tools like the conflict history and actors mapping, the onion model, and the ABC triangle. Based on this analysis participants could see the angles from which a conflict could be tackled.
Looking for entry point for the conflict between graziers and farmers in Wum

Looking for entry point for the conflict between graziers and farmers in Wum

 Most of the conflicts we have in the North West Region are about boundaries and natural resources. Since some participants came from two communites in conflict the workshop was also a good opportunity to see, how your neighbours look at the same issue.

Discussion with trainees from Bambalang

Maja discussing with trainees from Bambalang

At the end of the training, certificates were awarded to our new Peace Volunteers and we are looking forward to see their achievements in the next months.

Participant with facilitators Maja Mueller, Ambe Bruno and Fon Nsoh

Participant with facilitators Maja Mueller, Ambe Bruno and Fon Nsoh

 written by Bii Della and Maja Mueller
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International day for disaster reduction

41 key stakeholders including:members of the Regional Committee on Risk management, Municipal Council Officials, Administrators, Media practitioners and  Civil Society activist who hold responsibility in civil protection and disaster management in the North West Region, have participated in a one day Reflection Workshop on Peace and Disaster Reduction in Mezam Division.
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Cross section of some participants

The workshop which took place at the Presbyterian Church Centre, Bamenda on Thursday 13th of October 2016 was organised by the North West Regional Committee on Risk Management in collaboration with Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD), and was presided at, by the Secretary General at the North West Governor’s Office and Focal Point for the North West Region in the National Observatory on risk Management.

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Secretary General at the Governors office and Coordinator of COMINSUD At the workshop

The Coordinator of COMINSUD- Mr.Fon Nsoh in His opening statement situated the theme of the workshop within the Civil Peace Service Initiative (CPS) wherein the culture of peace is perceived as a vital pre-requisite for human and community development in the North West Region and makes a link between reducing Inter tribal Conflict sand related disasters to promoting a Culture of Peace. The address also dwelled on the lack of sensitivity to disaster by many Councils and the need for creating a system of respond.
In situating the state of Disasters, Civil Protection and Disaster Management in the North West Region alongside the Roles and Functioning of the Regional Disaster Risk Management System,the Secretary General at the North West Governors office in his keynote address stressed on the need to reflect on disaster Reduction while encouraging municipal Councillors and mayors present to establish  Municipal Alert System.
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M.Ambe Bruno-workshop facilitator,presents different forms of disaster

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The workshop was articulated around panel discussions, presentations and exchanges of
experiences on; the state of Disasters, Civil Protection and Disaster Management in the North West Region,the Roles and Functioning of the Regional Disaster Risk Management System and its link with other actors, The role of actors (Red Cross, Army Rescue Unit, GIS) in disaster management,Recommendations and the Elaboration of a model Prototype of a Municipal Disaster Alert

At the end of he workshop the representatives from the North West Governor’s Office resolved to send out circulars to all councils instructing them to create functional Disaster Management Units at the Councils meanwhile mayors and representatives of councils in attendance made decisions to take responsibility for the creation of framework conditions that will bring villages/communities with intertribal conflicts to settle their differences in order to avoid disasters from violent conflicts.

 By Ngobesing Linda

Training on Communication and Mediation in conflicts

In June all the Peace Volunteers (PVs) that COMINSUD trained in 2015 were invited again for a 3-days exchange and training workshop.

Participants and facilitators of the training

Participants and facilitators of the training

What has been done during the past 12 months? What were the challenges and where did the PVs succeed very well? Those were some of the key questions during day one. Apart from phone calls to our office we could now hear all the stories at a great length.

For example in one village the PVs have opened a tomato farm. At the first sight that looks far from peace work, but in this farm previous enemies and sceptics are now united and continuous sensitization inside this group in ongoing.
In another village three PVs have trained more than 20 other local PVs for the different quarters of their area.
Apart from this, our PVs were involved in conflict resolution from household level up to inter-village level, as we can see in the Oku-Mbessa-Story.

To increase the capacities of the PVs they were given an insight into mediation. In group works or pairs they could learn techniques like “active listening” and the use of “grounding questions”. They were introduced to Schulz von Thun’s model of the “four sides of a message”, to the importance of body language and the phases of the mediation process.

Practicing emphatic listening and paraphrasing as a prerequisite for mediation

Practicing emphatic listening and paraphrasing as a prerequisite for mediation

Three participants practicing mediation with all the tools they have learned before.

Three participants practicing mediation with all the tools they have learned before.

The most exiting part was the practising of mediation, no matter whether in the role of one conflicting party or mediator or as observer with certain tasks – all were appreciating the role play very much and stated that they have learned a lot.

Participants in the "World Café" discussing implementation of training content

Participants in the “World Café” discussing implementation of training content

Presenting and discussing ideas from the "World Café"

Presenting and discussing ideas from the “World Café”