Peace Building Through livelihood Projects

Peace Building Through livelihood Projects

COTRAD has found that one of the most effective approaches is to integrate peace building and community development projects through the establishment of peace gardens in Masvingo Province. In Masvingo Central, COTRAD peace clubs and the residents from ward 16 and 18 initiated a nursery project at Mutirikwi River. The young people are planting a variety of trees and vegetable seedlings are which they plant and supplied at local institutions and communities. The established peace garden project is multifaceted as it is a way of dealing with unemployment, potential conflicts, heal the community from past political violence wounds. The peace gardens are also platforms were community members come together and deliberate community development issues before or after. COTRAD have adapted the approach to work towards conflict prevention, peace building and social accountability at local level. This is being done by applying a “DO NO HARM” lens to ensure that the program activities do not exacerbate existing tensions or provoke new disputes. Without economic options, the youth remain idle, become frustrated, and vulnerable to manipulation by political leaders who promise financial gain. To reduce this vulnerability, our programs facilitate the acquisition of skills and opportunities that young people need to generate income. Deep poverty often leads to fierce competition between community members over scarce economic or natural resources. Therefore, the peace gardens also aims to improve the income levels for the locals.

 

 

 

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