Civil Service for Peace in the Great Lakes Region: Challenges and Advances

An exchange between eastern DRC and Casamance / Senegal
September 27, 2017
Education for Peace
September 28, 2017

Civil Service for Peace in the Great Lakes Region: Challenges and Advances

Introduction The Civil Service for Peace (SCP – in German: Ziviler Friedensdienst / ZFD) was set up in 1999 by the German government at the request of, inter alia, German civil society. It is a human resources tool for partners in countries in conflict, post-conflict or destabilized situations to strengthen their capacity to contribute to a lasting peace. The German SCP operators work with their local partners in the countries and regions concerned. In the Great Lakes Region (DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi) the program has existed since 1999 and the following German operators are working there:

  • AGEH, Association for Development Assistance
  • DED, German Development Service
  • EED, Service of Evangelical Churches in Germany for Development
  • EIRENE International
  • WfD, International Service for Peace

Operators and their partners in the three countries are working with a wide range of approaches to achieving a common goal: stabilization and peace in the subregion. It is a work of peace:

  • civil and non-military
  • with grass-roots organizations and populations
  • which facilitates dialogue between key actors (populations, state representatives, decision-makers, churches, the private sector, civilians, armed groups, the military, the police, etc.)
  • which strengthens the capacities of local, national and sub-regional actors
  • which accompanies advocacy at all levels
  •  which promotes subregional, inter-African and other exchanges and synergies.

In recent years, the SCP operators and partners in the Great Lakes Region have started together to strengthen their exchanges and to enhance their synergies as an important contribution to stabilization in a region that has suffered greatly from divisions and fragmentation. Through the articles of this publication you will discover the variety and richness of the different keys that make up an interesting and vibrant image. The articles are only a small snapshot of the various activities and effects of this work. For a more complete view, we refer you to the list of partner organizations on page b. We are pleased that this publication can contribute to making contact with all these peace actors on the ground. Your feedback is welcome.

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Christiane Kayser (SCP/EED) Christian Kuijstermans (SCP/AGEH) Wim de Louw (SCP/EIRENE) Marie José Mavinga (SCP/EED) Jérôme Njabou (SCP/WFD) Gerd Scheuerpflug (SCP/DED) AndreasWagner (SCP/DED)

 

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