- Context and Rationale
Conflicts are inherent and inevitable in human lives, and are characterized in every society including Cameroon. Some of these conflicts have most often turned extremely violent as such the United Nations Charter notes that the United Nations was founded to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” (1) Sadly, the world has witnessed more than 250 armed conflicts since 1946when the Charter was signed in 1946. Furthermore the Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote Just, Peaceful, and Inclusive Societies, calls for all Member States to promote peaceful co-existence among peoplee (2). Some of its primary targets have been to significantly reduce all forms of violence worldwide including in Cameroon (3).
Since 2014, Cameroon has been grappling with two major armed conflicts: Boko Haram in the North and the Anglophone armed conflict in the Northwest and Southwest regions. Furthermore, there have also been rising ethnopolitical hostilities which is putting the country in an uncomfortable security situation (4).
Since 2017, the conflict between the government and separatists from the English-speaking minority has taken more than 6,000 lives and displaced 765,000 people, out of which 70,000 are refugees in Nigeria (5). In addition, the country is also encountering a refreshed jihadist extremism rebellion with a virulent onslaught in the Lake Chad area. The war with Boko Haram, orchestrated in the Northern part of the country, has killed more than 3,000 people and has displaced about 250,000 (6). In addition, the social, economic, and political landscape in the country is promising an unhealthy security atmosphere soon if not well handled, reminiscing the 2008 uprising that resulted from the socioeconomic factors.
As these conflicts rage on, women and youth are more impacted. Notwithstanding, research has demonstrated that fewer youths have actively participated in this violence, while most of them are not inclined to violence, despite the injustices, alienation, and deprivation they encounter on daily basis, especially in these war-ravaged regions (7). Moreover, growing research further suggests that women and youths can and do play active roles as brokers of positive and meaningful change, and the recently adopted Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security and the UNSCR1325 on women and peacebuilding highlight this fact. They are a formal recognition of the positive role youth and women can play in the maintenance of international peace and security (8).
The enhancement and upkeep of world peace and security is a cross-cutting issue that is critical to achieving all Sustainable Development Goals. It is from this premise that many organizations including UN agencies are involved in the promotion and maintenance of peace and security across all sectors (9).
It is in this light that the Peace and Security Division of the Nkafu Policy Institute is organizing a training workshop to train youth and women on conflict resolution and peace building strategies as a means to mitigate and or resolve conflicts in their communities. This training workshop is part of a series of conflict resolution and peace building training offered to address issues of the conflict; following the horrors of the Anglophone armed conflict and the Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon and the need to fill the knowledge and skill gaps in conflict resolution and peace building agenda.
The main objective of this training workshop is to equip the target audience with a solid foundation on conflict resolution and peace building to minimize conflict occurrences. Specifically, this training workshop is aimed at introducing to participants the strategies to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts, and build peace and social cohesion in their respective communities.
- Target Audience
The Training Workshop are designed for women and youths, CSOs leaders, human rights defenders, students, peace and security actors, government employees, women leaders, researchers, and educators, can attend the training.
- Conditions for participation
Participants are required to pay a registration fee of CFA franc 15,000 for snacks, workshop materials, and certificates.
- Expected Results
At the end of the training participants will be expected to acquire the following:
- Have in-depth knowledge of conflict resolution and strategic peacebuilding;
- Acquire skills in conflict resolution and strategic peacebuilding;
- Create a network and collaboration with other stakeholders about conflict resolution and peacebuilding; and
- Become committed to conflict and peacebuilding in their respective communities.
- Location and Date
The training workshop will take place on 22-23 March 2023at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation Hall situated at Simbock, Yaoundé- Cameroon
- Training Facilitators
This training workshop will be conducted by experts and consultants in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
- More Information
Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation.
Tel: (+237) 22 31 15 84 / 654 86 72 54
[email protected] – www.foretiafoundation.org