Cross-Boundary Initiative for Peace /CIP/ Project

Cross-Boundary Initiative for Peace Project is a four-year conflict mitigation and peacebuilding project funded by theĀ U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Ethiopia (USAID/Ethiopia) and implemented by Peace and Development Center (PDC) in the administrative boundary areas between East Hararghe Zone of Oromia Regional State and Fafen Zone of Somali Regional State starting from March 30, 2020, to March 29, 2024.

Project Goal

The overall goal of the project is to build peaceful coexistence and social cohesion among conflicting communities in selected woredas of East Hararghe and Fafen zones.

Objective of the Project

The strategic objectives of the project are to:

  • Enhance knowledge and understanding about the conflict context, trend, and dynamics;
  • Enhance capacities of formal and informal institutions of peace and security through trainings and joint forums to mitigate intergroup violence across contested localities between Somali and Oromo clan groups in administrative boundary areas between Tulu Chinakson and Guled woredas of East Hararghe and Fafen Zones, respectively;
  • Transform the construction and understanding of identity and change prejudice, discriminations, and unhealthy competitions between Somali and Oromo communities over administrative boundaries to humanized and accommodative practices through constructive problem-solving dialogues and trauma-informed resilience; and
  • Enhance intergroup and inter-institutional cooperation to increase the level of mutual understanding, trust, and collaborations between the local administrations and the public through public forums and peace festivals.

Expected Results

  • Conflict causes, dynamics, trend and actors identified and action component designed
  • Institutions strengthened/created
  • Stable and Resilient Communities created
  • The impact of the project identified

Key activities

  • Conduct Conflict context assessment
  • Project launching workshop
  • Conflict assessment result validation workshop
  • Joint planning and project launching workshop
  • Consultative workshops
  • Conduct capacity building trainings for community members and leaders
  • Strengthening institutions
  • Restoring community peace through dialogues, trauma-informed resilience, and public forums
  • Baseline, mid-term, and end of program evaluation


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