DDG: Case Study- SDG 16 in Review – More Peaceful Communities


DDG: Case Study- SDG 16 in Review – More Peaceful Communities

The DANIDA-funded Durable Solutions Programme is a consortium between DRC/DDG, WYG and ReDSS. In this consortium, DDG is the social cohesion and conflict management partner, supporting conflict analysis, area-based conflict sensitivity training with all partners, participatory action research, strengthening and supporting inclusion in local conflict resolution mechanisms as well as improving trust and social accountability particularly between displaced-affected communities and local authorities.

DDG’s leadership is this component comes from its experience in community-driven interventions such as the SSF-funded Danwadaag (2014-2017) in South West State, which was a landmark project around local authority and community. The project’s success allowed it to be one of the referenced best practices by communities, and consequently became the name of many shops it has helped set up, communal structures and government-led initiatives.

Careful consideration was given to ensure that the particular outputs of this intervention were build upon the larger DFID-funded SSJP. The Durable Solutions programme has a specific emphasis on displaced-populations and historically marginalised groups, allowing for a whole-community harmonised approach that delivers on value for money, inclusion and conflict sensitivity for the involved communities and donors.

Aligned with four of the SDG 16 targets, Conflict analyses (CA) have been conducted in project areas to inform programs on the context and ensuring that the knowledge of the context will contribute to maximization of positive impacts. These initiatives were directly linked to SDG 16 Target 16.1 of reducing violence everywhere.

Conflict sensitivity (CS) trainings at area-level with key implementing stakeholders (126: M103:F23) were also held. This has informed programming, in ensuring that humanitarian/development actors are aware of the power they hold to unintentionally do harm. Internally, for DRC/DDG special emphasis has been placed in conflict sensitive beneficiary targeting and recruitment processes.

“The culture of giving has been ours (Somali) for decades,
And with instinct we generate wisdom words,
On those born of us but in suffering,
Surely makes me feel deranged,
And in such for a way to escape.
Those living in the cold,
And others in tall buildings,
Are surely worlds apart,
The latter knowing not the former,
But aren’t we our brothers keepers?”
Baidoa poem, mentioned in the youth participatory research process in Baidoa, translated from Af-May, July 2019.

The CPDC structure has supported the collaborative effort of the police and civilians to reduce violence and crime, as well as promotion of the rule of law and ensuring equal access to justice (16.3) and most importantly (16.6) the CPDC has contributed to an effective, accountable and transparent policing institution, leading to (16.7) to a more responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making processes.

Overall, by supporting displaced populations to be at the lead of prioritising, advocating and contributing to solutions around security, justice and peacebuilding, DDG hopes that through “leaving no one behind”, we will be able to “build more peaceful and inclusive societies”.

DDG: Case Study- SDG 16 in Review – More Peaceful Communities
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