Given the challenges and challenges of the SCP – Great Lakes program, EED has set up a core of coordination and support, consisting of three consultants. The main mission of these consultants is to :
- Facilitate better collaboration between the support professional and its host organization, through proper preparation, appropriate training, coaching, organizational follow-up, useful information, analysis and reflection workshops
- contribute to the development of the SCP concept
- Facilitate networking between organizations with supporting professionals
- Contribute to networking with other German SCP players in the Great Lakes region
- Contribute to contacts with German and Congolese authorities. Draw lessons. Capitalize experiences and produce teaching materials.
During a SCP / EED workshop, local organizations and support professionals expressed their expectations of the core group:
Supporting the development of the SCP
Assist organizations and support professionals in the event of difficulties in their work
Support actions by organizations Facilitate capacity building of partner organizations
Ensure self-assessment of the process Assist in analyzing new program and context issues
Have an ear and an eye on the dynamics of the Great Lakes context Exchanging methods, instruments and experiences (issues, weaknesses, etc.) around working with conflicts / concerning peace Supporting intercultural communication
Assist in the development of an intra-stakeholder communication system Contribute to the design of SCP training tools
Capitalize the process and publish it Produce methodological tools Supervise professionals and organizational leaders Contribute to the design of a “safety plan” for each professional.
Ensure and recall the conditions for success
Help clarify misunderstandings Participate in network lobbying work as required.
The core of coordination and support ensures follow-up of the partner organizations that have received a support professional and organizes the individual and organizational capacity building of the SCP network. The different organizations involved in the SCP program are networked and the network is animated by the kernel. Each year at least one workshop brings together members of the network, it is a moment of exchanges on the evolution of the context, it is also a moment of learning on the construction of peace (advocacy, intercultural work, the concept of impact, Do No Harm, etc.) and finally a space for reflection on strategies for building peace. The specificity of these workshops is that they bring together those responsible for organizations that have received support professionals, professionals and colleagues working in the field of peacebuilding.
In one of the workshops in the DRC bringing together members of the SCP network, participants gave their views on the work for peace.
- Peace must be triggered and, above all, lived
- The school is an openness to citizenship, it allows the mixing of cultures
- Justice is based on respect for rights and equality before the law
- To seek my peace is not enough, it is also necessary to watch that of my neighbor, my friend, my competitor There are strong interests for there to be war (war profiteers)
The questions raised:
- Can we understand and advance the concept of peace if we do not explore the concept of justice? What makes it so that there is no peace?
- How to touch politics? This one operates on the Machiavellian principle (the power is plucked and conserved)
- How to make the message of peace more attractive and mobilizing (while the message of violence mobilizes!)
- How to fight the fear that annihilates and manipulates the population?
- Our cultures: sources of conflict, not bringing peace? work needs to be done to make them evolve and strengthen the peace-building aspects Who speaks for the people (who does not speak to him?) How to make him speak?
- Raise awareness or mobilize? Destroy or see those who “disagree” (key actors)
- Promoting Critical Thinking Do not let yourself be divided by clarifying the common interests The sayings in many local languages that reflect and anchor ethnic patronage and communitarianism are dangerous. Example: This decision-maker / politician / deputy / leader “this is ours”
- Our words, attitudes, and behaviors reinforce or transform conflict.