Quaker Network for the Prevention of Violent Conflict
Le Réseau de quaker pour l'Empêchment de Conflit Violent


THE EPISTLE FOR THE EASTERN AFRICA QUAKER PEACE NETWORK (TANZANIA MWANZA)

13th 18th JUNE 2010

The QPN Eastern Africa consultation took place at a luxurious, cool place at Nyumbani Hotel and Resort in the town centre of Mwanza, furthest North of Tanzania and the second largest city in the Tanzanian Republic east Africa. The gathering involved participants from the eastern Africa, which are KenyaBurundiRwandaUganda and Tanzania. Also among the participants were from international Organization representatives from American Friends Service Committee African Region (AFSC), Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW), Friends World Council for Consultation African Sectio ( FWCCAS) and Change Agents Peace International (CAPI).

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A brief history and background of QPN was given to participants. The gathering was focused on four day training on DO NO HARM, Reflection for Peace Practice (RPP) and Election Monitoring. The sessions were both theoretical and practical and often we divided into our country groups and applied the tools we had learned to our own situations and programmes. The two dynamic facilitators for the training were Hezron Masitsa and Jacinta Makokha who were clear and motivational.
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The Do No Harm history, concept, and objectives enriched the participants with specific forum on the connectors for peace and dividers that undermine peace implementation in different individual countries were reflected. The Do No Harm methodology sampled the tension and capacities for war which participants’ possible categories for understanding to deal with dividers, tensions and war capacity.
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The topics in RPP training were how to analyze conflict and the introduction and use of matrix as the central focus for planning, monitoring and evaluation of any peace programme. An eighth Approach guide to effectiveness was also explained.
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During the process of election monitoring, each country representatives presented their lineup, specifying the scope, targets and funding.
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In the evening reports were given in panels from various Organizations that were present, and each covered activities, plans, achievements, failures and development on their organization work in their respective countries. The two facilitators also share their experience on election monitoring in Sudan.
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During strategic planning the Objectives were given and again people were sent to their country to discuss plans and how QPN can be involved. Everyone was involved and came to the final draft of what all the countries had in common, and what can help our program in our countries. After which there was a group photograph and final evaluation of the gathering in written.
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In conclusion the QPN was a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends doing peace work in the region and share our activities and challenges. The program for the week and general organization of the consultation was excellent and all the participants gained new insights and friendships. We warmly thank the organizers, funders, our friends from the Muslim religion and that facilitators, not forgetting the Participants who gave their dedicated time to the success of the gathering.

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