Sustained interventions in Lesotho and Swaziland
CCR has worked in Lesotho (since 1998) and Swaziland (since 2003) to promote stability in both countries. To this end, it has worked with both government and civil society actors.
The Centre embarked on a coordinated engagement with actors in Lesotho and Swaziland in 2006 through use of a Sustained Dialogue methodology. This approach does not solely entail the provision of conflict resolution skills, but also involves the use of dialogue sessions as a tool for transforming and building relationships which are essential for democratic political participation. The training workshops and dialogue sessions held in Swaziland and Lesotho have opened communication channels which did not exist before CCR's engagement.
The direct beneficiaries of CCR's work in these countries are national and local governments; traditional leaders; trade unions; civil society actors such as human rights and women's activist organisations; and religious leaders. The ultimate beneficiaries are local communities in each country.
Sustained interventions in South Sudan
With renewed conflict erupting in December 2013, the new state of South Sudan remains fragile, facing peacebuilding and human security challenges that often obstruct the achievement of stability, security, and rule of law.
Building on CCR's research on peacebuilding and region-building in Africa, and working with the policy development and research cluster, the Centre's training cluster will work on post-conflict reconstruction in South Sudan in building capacity in the specific areas of: human rights; security sector reform; conflict resolution and diplomacy; and HIV/AIDS and the military.
CCR's Sustained Dialogue methodology, which it has employed in Lesotho and Swaziland since 1998, provides both conflict resolution skills and dialogue sessions to build relationships essential for democratic participation.
These successful methods will be applied to the work in South Sudan and the Great Lakes.
As a result of its sustained interventions in Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Sudan, CCR expects that:
- Beneficiaries and partners will develop and institutionalise conflict transformation and dialogue skills;
- Beneficiaries will utilise these conflict resolution approaches to contribute towards resolving conflicts which arise in their local communities; and
- A culture of tolerance, trust, and collaboration between traditional leaders and local government, and local communities will be built.