CAWI recently took part in the launch of the SWECSON EPDA partnership program titled “ Promoting Peace Through Multi-stakeholder Dialogue in the South West Region of Cameroon” SWECSON is the lead applicant / implementer while EPDA is the co- applicant.
The active citizenship strengthening program seeks to build the capacities of actors and other stake-holders to promote sustainable peace in the South West Region. The Cameroon- European Union Cooperation Program was launched at the Buea Council hall on 17th March 2020
Speaking during the launch the President of the South West Civil Society Organizations Network ( SWECSON) Louis Nkembi listed efforts made by the government to curb the Crisis. In spite of these the killings, destructions, kidnappings and displacements are on the rise and the war is no- where near the end. He hoped that this project will pave the way for real dialogue that will focus only on the Anglophone Crisis.
In a project presentation by the Project Partner, the Executive Director of Environmental Protection and Development Association ( EPDA) Tanda Godwin said the project will run for 20 months from January 2020 to June 2021. It shall focus on an approach of Humanity, Independence, Impartiality and Neutrality in building the capacities of actors. The target includes civil society organizations, religious institutions, traditional institutions, media organs, local government institutions, non-state facilitators, opinion leaders, women and youth groups, Internally Displaced Persons and political parties.
The expected project outcome include: reduction in road blocks and checks, improved security of persons and property, reduction in hate speech and false news, reductions in forms of Human Rights Violation, Crisis Impact Assessment(CIA)available for capitalization, improved respect in traditional leadership, improved knowledge on and participation in peace building and conflict management, increased capacity to negotiate peace at local communities amongst others.
It should be noted that CAWI was invited as an implementing organization representing the Women’s Groups in Lebialem Division.
A question and answer session followed during which clarity was given to all worries raised.
The Secretary General at the Buea Council appreciated the Initiative and promised government collaboration in the project.
Participants (CAWI inclusive) later broke up into 3 groups with the task of providing a peace theme, stating the impact of the crisis in the different areas and providing advice on the implementation of the project. The responses were provided in a plenary to the satisfaction of all. Organizations were urged to prepare themselves for field implementation in the six divisions of the South West Region.
By Lucia Nkembi