Warriors to Peace Guardians: Building Inter-Ethnic Collaboration

Project Description


Project Title
Warriors to Peace Guardians: Building Inter-Ethnic Collaboration. Global Grant #1756350
Project Description
Area of Focus: Peace & Conflict Resolution/Prevention

Geo-Focus: Laikipia West, Kenya

The Need: Pastoralist (nomadic herder) communities are highly marginalized, very traditional communities with little access to development resources, suffering cycles of resource-based violence as worsening droughts stress livestock, and drive desperate—and armed—searches for pasture and water.

The Goal: The goal of this project is to increase inter-ethnic collaboration and empower local members of Laikipia West’s five ethnic communities to work together to access government development funding, improve their livestock economy, and enhance local conservation and livestock feed sources to withstand drought, drawing from the Cooperating Organization, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) Kenya Initiative’s extensive research, experience and participation with these communities to identify their needs over the last 5 years.

Objectives: The project seeks to 1) Build Resilience Against Violent Conflict: MBBI will train pastoralist trainers and collaboratively create a localized curriculum, who in turn will train 60 women, youth and elders from five ethnic communities in conflict resolution skills as Peace Guardians, and in inter-ethnic collaboration for an improved livestock economy; 2) Increase Community Collaboration: a) The project will train an inter-ethnic team in community advocacy and how to apply for government funds to meet local service and development needs, and b) in facilitating community dialogue and joint planning for livestock, animal feeding and conservation activities; and 3) Establish Processes, Tools, Skills and Livelihood Improvements to Achieve Positive Peace: The project will provide additional cross-ethnic training in collaborative livelihood enhancement through increased health and resilience of family herds, pasture management and mineral feeding, better animal feeding practices, and shared community conservation of communal pastures as grass banks through practicing conservation.
MBBI is a highly regarded leader in the field of Conflict Resolution/Prevention that has successfully partnered with Rotary on Global Grants and has partnership agreements with the Rotary Action Group for Peace and several Clubs. For more information please see www.mediatorsbeyondborders.org.

Project Description Excerpt
This project increases conflict resolution skills in Laikipia West’s 5 ethnic groups to collaboratively access development funding, improve the livestock economy, and increase resilience against violent conflict.
Project Contact Name
Gail Ervin
Project Contact Email
gail@ervincg.com
Preferred Language
English
Project URL (website)
http://www.matchinggrants.org/global/project1373.html
Project Categories
Peacebuilding
Project Location
Address
c/o Mediators Beyond Borders International for Laikipia West, Laikipia County, Kenya
1901 N. Fort Myer Dr. Suite 405
Arlington, VA 22209
United States
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Project Information
Project Time Frame
1 year
Rotary District
District 9212 and District 5160
Club Name
Ngong Hills Rotary Club, Kenya and Berkeley Rotary Club, USA
Project Resources
Funding
The funding goal is $100,000, and we are nearly 60% to goal. We need approximately $42,000 US more in Club and/or District contributions to complete the grant process. Funding commitments are being tracked on http://www.matchinggrants.org/global/project1373.html.
Volunteers
The project actively involves veterinarians and conservation specialists from Ngong Hills Rotary, who will integrate livestock and cooperative feed enhancements that address key underlying conflict drivers in this area.  The project also involves volunteer mediators from Mediators Beyond Borders International, and their local pastoralist partners who have relationships with the people of Laikipia. As a defined training and local empowerment program, there is no specific opening for volunteers that have no expertise in this area. However, we welcome Rotarian participants by application (who would have to fund their own cost outside of this Grant – per Rotary Foundation) who would like to participate.
Is there a Global Grant for this project?
Yes
Cosponsors
Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is a cooperating organization for this Global Grant. MBBI is a highly regarded leader in the field of Conflict Resolution/Prevention that has successfully partnered with Rotary on Global Grants and has partnership agreements with the Rotary Action Group for Peace and several Clubs. For more information please see www.mediatorsbeyondborders.org.
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