On Eye Radio: UNDP discusses the importance of a national peace-building strategy for South SudanDec 4, 2015
JUBA: UNDP South Sudan Country Director, Balázs Horváth, joined EYE Radio’s popular talk show as a panel member to discuss building a national peace-building strategy for the country. The one-hour long talk show hosted by Ms. Rosemary Wilfred Peters, included other panelists such as Executive Director, Initiative for Peace Communication Association (IPCA), Mr. Joseph Edward Issa; Executive Officer, Teen Confront Organization (TEENCO), Mr. Daniel Mwaka; and Youth Representative for Central Equatoria State, Mr. Wani Stephen.
During the talk show, the panelists discussed their views on the need for a national peacebuilding strategy for South Sudan; who should be involved in establishing the strategy; the linkages between peace and development; and the key challenges in creating a peacebuilding strategy. The lively discussion stimulated a variety of questions and positive comments sent in by listeners through text messages.
As part of it's national peacebuilding efforts, UNDP’s Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) project provides technical and financial support to the Government of the Republic of South Sudan; the Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control and the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission in areas of fostering dialogue and community engagement, improving community security, arms control, strengthening local government and rule of law institutions, and broader post-war recovery initiatives. These interventions help the new State to extend its authority and consolidate peace in South Sudan.
The CSAC project, with generous funds from the Government of Norway; Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA); Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), is supporting the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission in establishing an Infrastructure for Peace in South Sudan. An Infrastructure for Peace is a system that brings together and coordinates conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities of the government, civil society and community institutions.
UNDP’s CSAC has supported a first experience exchange workshop that has brought together government institutions, faith-based institutions, women networks, youth representatives, and international organisations to reflect on how an infrastructure for South Sudan could look like. Resource persons from Ghana and Kenya were present to share experiences on how they set up infrastructures for peace in their home countries. UNDP has been involved in the establishment of Infrastructures for Peace and similar structures in more than 30 countries. Such infrastructures exist for example in Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
In partnership with the government, the CSAC project has worked together with communities to improve community security. Following consultations with community members, CSAC constructed police stations reaching over 300,000 people, in addition to constructing over 80 water points and boreholes across the country. The project also supported the construction of Community Support Bases (CSBs) in 25 locations. In Jonglei State CSAC established a “Peacebuilding through Food Security Programme” through which more than 70 youth farm groups were formed and engaged in agricultural activities. Currently CSAC is working with communities in 13 counties to identify and strengthen points of interaction and exchange between divided communities.
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Ms. Angelique Reid, Communications Specialist
UNDP South Sudan
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