Peace Building Project

Organisation: 
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Type of Organisation: 
UN
Launched in: 
2006
Description: 
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)?s ?Peace Building Project? (2006-2011) dealt with peace building education, capacity building and conflict assessment. UNDP started working on history education with the Ministry of Education by organizing a round table discussion with historians and experts. In addition, UNDP has been in the process of testing a training toolbox on peace building targeting a number of schoolteachers in different selected districts in Lebanon. This project is implemented in partnership with the Center for Active Citizenship. The peace education project is carried out in partnership with Beyond Development and Reform, with local actors such as municipalities and communities, media, and civil society organizations. Different tools including capacity building are used to address conflict in Lebanon and different groups are supported in ?transforming the culture of violence.? UNDP works in 45 neighbourhoods (including Wadi Khaled, Akar, Akroum, Bekaa, Dahiyeh, Tyre, Sarafand, Burj Elshmali, Shebaa and Hebriyeh) to manage local conflicts and to achieve cohesion strategies. As part of its Peace Building Project, UNDP worked in collaboration with UMAM Documentation & Research (UMAM D&R) on the project ?The Bus Takes the Podium,? in which a bus was equipped with UMAM D&R?s electronic archive on the memory of the war. The bus toured for one year in selected villages across Lebanon covered by TV and social media follow-up. UNDP and UMAM D&R also provided a youth group with a grant to produce a documentary on the issue of the missing and disappeared. In collaboration with journalists, UNDP has been producing news supplements every three months under the title Molhaq Mashroua? Bina? Al-Salam and publishes them along prominent newspapers including An-Nahar. Around 2000 copies of every news supplement are distributed to municipalities, universities, organizations, and selected individuals across the country. UNDP also produced a Conflict Map, which aims at helping actors in the response efforts to the Syrian crisis better understanding conflicts and was published on daleel-madani.org. Since 2013, UNDP has been facilitating with a group of NGOs a platform bringing together main actors working on peace building, which has led to the campaign ?Truth and Reconciliation.? UNDP has also been providing support and capacity building to ?Fighters for Peace?.
Resources: 
http://www.lb.undp.org/content/lebanon/en/home/operations/projects/overview.html http://www.lb.undp.org/content/lebanon/en/home/operations/projects/crisis_prevention_and_recovery/strengthening-civil-peace-in-lebanon.html
Overall Objective: 
Truth-seeking and right to know
Initiative's Approach: 
Education
Type of Activity: 
Capacity Building
Target Group: 
Teachers
Geographic Area: 
Nationwide
Status: 
Ongoing