PEACE & DEVELOPMENT

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Strives to Promote Peace

Darfur Peace and Development is an organization that strives to promote peace through mediation, reconciliation, integration, and education. One of our main objectives is to address the root causes of conflicts by empowering individuals who have suffered from post-conflict trauma, building trust, addressing social and economic inequality, and promoting co-existence to share available resources to meet basic needs.
We aim to empower communities through active mediation and social cohesion to make social and behavioral changes towards non-violence. We believe in building local capacity where peace constituency can be developed within the vast majority of the affected population, including IDPs and refugees.
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Our Approach

Our approach to peacebuilding is community-based. We believe that the community should design the context of activities, prioritize based on their resources with outside support, and implement them locally. We believe in a bottom-up approach to peacebuilding, where communities are empowered to ensure practical peace from the bottom up. We identify influential local actors and community leaders to promote social cohesion and allow civil societies to play a positive role in peacebuilding and endorse the peace process.
We understand that peacebuilding requires a whole-of-society approach that requires a cross-sector of society cohesion, government, and non-governmental actors to collaborate to maintain peace on the ground.

Initiatives

DPDO is working on various initiatives aimed at community mitigation and stabilization, rehabilitation of community infrastructure, promotion of social cohesion, and revitalization of the local economy through women centers, community dialogue and youth empowerment. In order to achieve these goals,
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Levels of Working

There are three levels that we are working on.

Firstly

Changing knowledge and attitudes to improve the understanding of the root causes of violent conflicts among conflicting parties, shaping public discourse, and increasing mutual understanding.

Secondly

Changing behavior by encouraging people to stop violent conflicts to reduce tension and support integration.

Finally

Structural changes that encourage an early response strengthen the social network, empower local decision-makers, and change public policy and decision-making mechanisms.

Expected Outcomes

We expect to achieve several outcomes, including

Reconciliation

Trust Building

Sudan had been affected by the conflict for years before it broke out in April 2023, it expanded to protracted social conflict. It has been fueled by internal and external factors, where over four million people were affected, and over 3.5 million have become internally displaced persons. The conflict is systematically destroying people’s lives and violating their basic human rights.
Unfortunately, that number adds up to the already existing 3 million IDPs in the Darfur region over 300,000 lives have perished since 2003.
The Community in Darfur is still destructed and divided into ethnic lines – Arabs and Africans. Despite the result of the Sudan conflict in general, the Darfur region is highly affected by the conflict where it extended to all states in the region. The main cause of the conflict between pastoralists and sedentary farmers, changing land ownership patterns, will continue to drive the region to more violence.
We highlight the already faltering safety and human Security, leading to people’s increased need for peacemaking workshops for better co-existence. Darfur’s complex conflict has impacted the social structure and created hatred among different ethnic fabrics. Darfur Peace and Development from day one believes in promoting peace through community leaders. Our belief comes from the traditional and common practice of people in Darfur, and how they used to resolve their conflicts. It is a common practice in Darfur to respect and honor Ajaweed. It is a steering committee format agreed upon by community leaders to collect, analyze, and resolve conflicts among ethnic groups.
Recently we worked with Community Leaders in North Darfur, El Fasher to facilitate trust building meetings for co-existence between the fighting parties in Sudan.
Previously with a generous donation from the United States Government and NED we hosted over 40 successful community dialogue workshops in all States in Darfur, including internal displaced Persons and Refugees in Chad.
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Our Objectives

Implementations

The peace-building and reconciliation process will only succeed if all stakeholders believe that their needs and ideas are heard and represented in the overall plan. Traditionally in Darfur, consensus is achieved by the inclusion of many community members. Following that, representation by individuals in larger can be effective.