Peace and Development Center (PDC) has conducted an Intra and Inter-Community Dialogues in Dassanech, Hamer, Nyangatom and Selamago Woredas of South Omo Zone.

The dialogues aimed at addressing intercommunal conflicts through active community participation. In July 2021, a series of Intra and inter-community dialogues were conducted with key community participants in each 22 target Kebeles. The main criteria for selecting participants for the inter-community dialogue were based on their motivation and commitment as well as their interest in managing conflict in a peaceful manner and building a culture of peace in the community. Identity, social and cultural belonging, gender, and age were considered when selecting the participants and forming the groups. A total of 30 dialogue participants (19 male and 11 female) were recruited from communities in the three Woredas and 6 security officials including the head of woreda security were escorting the participant from their localities.

In July 2021, a series of intra and inter-community dialogues were conducted with key community participants in each 22 target Kebeles. Target participants selected from each target kebeles escorted by woreda peace and security officials have attended the discussion. The participants were selected based on how much influence they are within the community in the process of building peace. This meeting was intended to bring all the community participants from each kebeles to a commonplace including the most vulnerable conflicting kebeles in Bodi and Konso. Also prior to this inter-community meeting, intra-community dialogues have been held in all the target kebeles. A total of 30 dialogue participants (22 male and 8 female) were recruited from target Kebeles in the Woreda including 4 officials from the Woreda security office to escort the participants.

In July 2021, a series of intra and inter-community dialogues were conducted with key community participants in each 22 target Kebeles. The main criteria for selecting participants for the inter-community dialogue were based on their motivation and commitment as well as their interest in managing conflict in a peaceful manner and building a culture of peace in their community. Identity, social and cultural belonging, gender, and age were considered when selecting the participants and forming the groups. A total of 30 dialogue participants (20 male and 10 female) were recruited from communities in the three Woredas.

The main aim of the intracommunity dialogue was to provide a safe space for communities to come together and talk about issues of concern. The dialogue approach sought to enable these community members to increase mutual understanding and to improve relationships between them, empowering communities to address their issues in constructive and creative ways for their peaceful coexistence. The dialogue approach that was used did not seek to solve specific problems, but rather to enable these different communities to talk openly about any conflictual issue or problem they had. It aimed to increase their understanding of those issues and to look at them from a different perspective, or to include more perspectives in considering how those issues affect different groups in the community. Basing these grounds, the first intra community dialogue of semester one year two has been conducted from Jully 08 to 18 /2021 on 22 kebeles having a total participant of 286 of which 160 male and 126 females has been successfully engaged.

Tsistima Kebele Intra Community Dialogue

 

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