Without peaceful co-existence among different communities and without enforcement of law and order, equality and equity, disaster resilience building initiatives are compromised and the result is likely to be heightened household food insecurity, displacements, unemployment, rising crime, disenfranchisement and the violation of the rule of law.
We engage in peace and governance issues in the remote areas of Marsabit County and Southern Ethiopia in order to create an environment in which other aspects of our programs which we are implementing with communities are not affected. Moreover, it is imperative that law and order and peace prevail for consistent programming to take place. Humanitarian assistance is often undermined where there is no peace and security and the main casualties are usually women and children and other non-combatants that had nothing to do with the violent conflict at all.
People lost their lives and thousands were displaced in previous inter community conflicts which are caused by competition to the limited resources of pasture and water.
Support from PACIDA has included strengthening traditional alternative conflict resolution mechanisms as well those legally institutionalized by the State in the County. Our programs have facilitated peace building and conflict management/ resource sharing dialogues between communities to enhance cohesive coexistence and mitigate conflict disaster threats and shocks.
We have increased citizen and duty bearer interactions through the SMS & Voice communication platform in various wards and have trained Community Reporters and Ward Administrators on Citizen Reporting. The SMS Voices project is one such project that facilitated inter-community return of straying livestock between Turbi and Walda communities.