Friedensbildung und Konfliktprävention in der Grenzregion Senegambia in Westafrika
The project aims at contributing to the promotion of a cross-border perspective in the elaboration and implementation of conflict prevention and peace building policies and strategies in Senegambia (the cross border region between Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau in West Africa). It seeks to strengthen the participation skills and capacities of Non-State Actors and to reinforce the quality of their partnership with local authorities as far as definition and implementation of cross-border local public policies related to peace and security are concerned.
The expected main results are:
. The local authorities integrate the cross border dimension into their policies and strategies on peacebuilding and conflict prevention through cross-border action plans;
. Transnational citizenship is promoted and contributes to the strengthening of solidarity and good neighborliness in Senegambia and Western Africa;
. Effective advocacy is conducted towards the government and parliamentarians for the adoption of legal and/or institutional frameworks relevant for cross-border initiatives as recommended by ECOWAS and the African Union;
. Expectations and concerns of Non-State Actors will be included in cross-border action plans developed by these actors and Local Authorities.
The direct beneficiaries are representatives of the 3 governments (Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau), the municipal councils, regional governors and parliamentarians of the border regions, as well as 20 civil society organizations . Indirect beneficiaries are more than 1.630.000 people living in the border region as well as the traditional and religious authorities who have a strong influence on the populations of both sides of the borders.
Main activities will be institutional and strategic capacity building initiatives for the members of the Platform of Local Organizations of Borderland Zones (LOBZ) and the local authorities of borderline zones and actions of mobilization and education on transnational citizenship and integrative cross-border micro projects in order to promote human security and conflict management skills.
The project will be conducted by Enda diapol in collaboration with local NGOs. It is based on the previous project where ENDA aimed at strengthening the local civil society organizations in peace building and conflict prevention management in Senegambia in order to ensure their contribution to more peace and security in the region.