Sustained Interventions in Swaziland

CCR's sustained interventions work in Swaziland has, since 2003, promoted constructive conflict management and resolution of conflicts through capacity-building and training, facilitation, and technical assistance.

The Centre's expertise in undertaking conflict resolution training activities in Swaziland is broad and well-established. CCR has sought to promote constructive means of resolving conflict in the country through building conflict transformation skills among key players in polarised groups in the country's political conflict. The Centre remains one of the very few organisations capacitating key groups in Swaziland with conflict resolution skills.

To this end, the main focus of CCR's work has been to build the capacity of central actors from civil society, the government, trade unions, religious leaders, the labour movement, and the King's Advisory Council to engage in dialogue with each other, to build relationships, and to respond constructively to the political and socio-economic crises in the country.

The Centre's interventions in Swaziland at both local and national levels have provided key actors with safe spaces to enhance their conceptual and practical skills in conflict resolution; to contribute to informal dialogue among parties in dispute; and to build the momentum of peace processes.

In 2006, CCR began to use a "Sustained Dialogue" methodology to bring about a coordinated engagement in the country. In addition to providing conflict resolution skills, this methodology involves using dialogue sessions as a tool for transforming and building relationships that are essential for democratic political participation.

Key outcomes of the Centre's interventions in Swaziland include:

  • With the help of skills gained at a CCR training workshop in 2014, Malindzisa Gugu of the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations conducted community dialogues and sensitisation sessions on conflict management (with a focus on land conflicts) and human rights with traditional leaders and community members.
  • After CCR training in 2014, Shabalala Zwanini, Coordinator of the Constituent Assembly of Civil Society in Swaziland, conducted 13 dialogue sessions and promoted community negotiations to sensitise local communities on peaceful conflict management initiatives in order to engage with governance structures in a non-violent way.

 

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