Service: Capacity Building
Expertise: Youth, Civil Society Development, Girls' and Women's Education
Reducing tensions in the most conflict-prone region of Guinea
While working in the Forest Region of Guinea (in the prefectures of N'Zérékoré, Macenta, and Lola), World Education reduced the threat or impact of violent conflict and promoted peaceful resolution of differences.
The Forest Region is one of the most violent and conflict-susceptible regions of Guinea because of its rich agricultural and mineral resources and proximity to war-ridden countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cote d’Ivoire. With the elevated presence of refugees, immigrants from other countries and regions of Guinea, and foreign mining companies, the Forest Region has witnessed many conflicts over the past few decades, in particular.
Under a cooperative agreement with USAID/ Conflict Mitigation and Management, World Education carried out the Community Partnerships for Peace, aka P.C. Paix, focusing on four main objectives:
- To strengthen traditional community structures and resolve and mitigate conflicts through transparent and inclusive actions,
- To reinforce the capacity of youth associations and young people to promote a culture of non-violence, cooperation and transparency,
- promote inter-group dialogue and reconciliation at community levels, and
- document and disseminate lessons learned and best practices for sustainability.
Over the course of the program, multiple success stories were collected about how the P.C.Paix program directly contributed to the resolution of inter-village conflicts, including those that were instigated before the project existed.
At project end, an external evaluation team conducted a final evaluation. Overall, the final evaluation concluded that P.C.Paix effectively garnered community participation and support for conflict mitigation and management activities.