Social Cohesion

What is the challenge?

Over 1.5 billion people live in areas affected by fragility, conflict or criminal violence. It is estimated that 1.6 million people die each year due to violent conflict. This number is becoming even greater as many areas become more vulnerable to violence due to scarcity of energy, food and water. Political transitions can exacerbate resource scarcities and create inter-communal divisions which lead to more intense, prolonged and intractable conflict. Additionally, conflict-affected areas are often hit by natural disasters which in turn exacerbates conflict. About 40% of total official development assistance is spent in fragile states and other countries affected by large-scale violence. Fragility locks countries in poverty, and affects their neighbours and regions. Countries with recent violent conflicts have a 70% higher risk of disease and deficiency and suffer the most from hunger and food scarcity with 18 war-torn nations on list of the 20 hungriest countries. Conflicts, even low-level skirmishes inhibit development and hinder democracy. Thus, ACTED actively supports the early identification of conflict and promotes community led early response to emerging conflicts. Decreased communal tensions will promote better governance; increase livelihoods and access to essential services.

Our commitment

ACTED contributes to peace-building, reconciliation and conflict resolution efforts to encourage stabilization, recovery and development and generate immediate peace dividends for the population.

What we do

  • Development of conflict early warning systems, for example measurement and monitoring of a predetermined set of indicators to identify the potential for conflict by citizen groups;
  • Training communities to respond to emerging conflicts;
  • Supporting dialogue and peaceful interactions between communities in conflict, incl. people-to-people approach to build tolerance and trust (intra and inter-group dialogue sessions, sport competitions);
  • Conducting information campaigns and awareness raising to dispel rumours and promote change;
  • Provision of infrastructure and/or services to reduce sources of tension and conflict;
  • Legally literate citizens to seek redress for legitimate complaints and to use the justice system to safeguard their rights;
  • Empower civil society organizations to advocate for better access to justice, and bring representative cases on behalf of low income or disadvantaged groups.

 

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