This VTT-GG project is designed to implement an International Training Institute (ITI) to support and prepare women (primarily) in West Africa to thrive as leaders in peacebuilding and to increase the capacity of Rotary in the City of Lagos (and partnering clubs around the world) to develop and expand their peace-building work. This is a unique multi-country VTT in that it supports both the provision by experts and the receiving of training by peace workers, and is a cooperative effort by the Rotary Ikeja International Club and Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI).
The Project has four key elements: 1) A five-day introductory training for a cohort of 25 women peace builders from 5 countries in West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Republic of Benin) provided by Cooperating organization, Mediators Beyond Borders International. To be held in Lagos March 25- April 1, 2018, the training is based on a training model called the International Training Institute (ITI) launched by MBBI in 2012 with the goal of developing a global network of women peace leaders. It specific curriculum will be based on a needs assessment of the accepted participants. Based on the well evaluated and highly successful collaboration between Rotary and MBBI held in Jakarta 2016 and funded by GG1640672, and held in Bogota 2017 and funded by GG1745757, this VTT cohort is focused on the development of the capacities of women as mediators and peacebuilders in countries where unresolved traumas of factional violence as well as land, interethnic, and international conflicts present recurrent obstacles to the personal and economic wellbeing of individuals, organizations, communities and governments. 2) A five-day advanced training in early 2019, 3) Monthly coaching sessions provide by the MBBI trainers, since Trainees are expected to expand their existing field work, and 4) Access to an international network of other ITI participants from different regions of the world to create an international working group sharing lessons learned and best-practices in order to increase the on-going impact and success of the group members' projects.
In addition, MBBI will provide a training of trainers for the local police force on peaceful policing. The Ikeja International Club recognizes that a proactive police force engages community participation in order to focus on crime prevention. By learning conflict resolution skills, the police will have increased capacity to work with the community without reacting out of frustration with a heavy handed approach. Mediators Beyond Borders International's Police & Community Crisis Rapid Response provides intervention services to de-escalate police-community crises and build constructive engagement. When police-community crises emerge law enforcement has several immediate goals including to ensure the safety of the community, ensure the safety of officers, defuse tensions with individuals and communities involved in the crisis, and to understand the crisis and implement solutions. Through the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques and community engagement processes, MBBI can assist law enforcement to accomplish these goals.
The projected outcomes include: a) increased peacebuilding skills and activities of the trainee cohort in local projects and increased connection with Rotary peace building efforts in their home countries b) increased understanding and skills related to conflict resolution/prevention of invited NGO staff/volunteers and on-going collaboration with Lagos Rotary c) increased community awareness of alternative ways to address conflict within the family and community and increased branding of Rotary's peace building efforts.
The cost of this project is $98,000 - to be funded by The Rotary Foundation, Host Club Rotary Club of Ikeja, International Club ------- and District 9110.