The Ministry of Internal Affairs launches ‘Early Warning and Early Response’, County Peace Committees, District Level Political Reconciliation Dialogues and Civic Engagement Project.
According to a press release, the project will be implemented by the Liberia Peace-building Office and partners, including the charity, ZOA.
“Thanks to the Government and people of Sweden through H.E. Ingrid Watterquist, Ambassador of Sweden, for providing the needed financial support to implement this flagship project of the Government of Liberia”, says the Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf.
He similarly thanks the UN family and other potential donors, including IRISHAID for supporting government’s efforts towards conflict prevention and transformation in meeting some objectives of Pillar Three of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
According to the Minister, there are evidenced based reports and policy documents including the PAPD, the Opportunity Mapping for Peace Consolidation, the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index Survey (SCORE) as well as the Strategic Roadmap for national healing, Peacebuilding and reconciliation, respectively among others.
Minster Sirleaf notes this intervention was designed based to strengthen government’s capacity and ability to respond to these issues which will inherently help in a tremendous way to ending fragility during the period of implementation of the PAPD, while promoting the culture of non-violence.
He says focus of the project is sustaining government peace agenda, while creating an enabling environment for socio-economic development.
“We believe, the early identification of potential triggers of conflicts and their positive transformation are vital for preventive responses and would stop escalation of violence thereby maintaining peace and security and this project is set to deliver on such outcome.”
The Internal Affairs boss maintains government believes conflict early warning is a sound policy and a right socio-political move for maintaining peace and security, noting that it is a strategy that defines interventions that are designed to prevent resumption of violent conflict by creating sustainable Peacebuilding activities to address root causes or potential causes of violence.
“In this public manner, we would like to challenge the Liberia Peacebuilding Office and Office of the National Peace Ambassador and ZOA-Liberia, to ensure that the different project outputs and outcomes are achieved by further ensuring effective implementation of project activities, coupled with the efficient management of project resources,” he stresses. He discloses the Project which has two phases, runs up to October, 2021, with phase I costing over US$500,000. Press Release