Peace Architecture for Conflict Transformation Framework

Overview of the Programme

Uganda's eight Presidential Candidates hold hands as they pray before the start of the debate. The Religious leaders from various faiths & denominations called upon them to maintain unity throughout the election season. (Photo credit: UNDP Uganda 2016)

 

Project overview

This project aims at strengthening institutional mechanisms and frameworks that provide necessary capacities for long-term peace and stability by;

  • Promoting an environment of internal dialogue; and
  • Establishment of institutional mechanisms that promote, enhance and deepen democratic systems of governance.

Development of common position in crucial in the attainment of the multi-partisan institutional spaces for dialogue and consensus building. Such spaces act as an Architecture for peace by acting as preventive strategies for conflict/crisis. The project is built on the foundation that dialogue and consensus building help in deepening of democratic systems and practices on a continual basis and it is not a one off event.

Project objectives

The project’s main objectives are to promote an environment of internal dialogue and establishment of institutional mechanisms that promote, enhance and deepen democratic systems of governance. With a view to building on the impressive socio-economic gains achieved by the country, the project seeks to enhance the foundations for long-term sustainable development through open dialogue that fosters institutional reforms, political dialogue and adjustments/changes to governance practices that serve to deepen democratic systems of governance on a continual basis.

Project achievements so far; 

Key successes registered over the period includes;

  • A functional infrastructure for peace has been put in place through collaboration and networking of the tripartite partnership of The Elders Forum of Uganda, The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and The National Consultative Forum (NCF). This has seen the three entities delivers on a number of aspects namely shuttle diplomacy, research, debates, creation of peace and stability forums at national and sub-national levels and development of the website and launch of the Elders Forum that greatly enhanced their visibility as impartial spaces for dialogue and mediation.
  • The project enhanced governance settlement seen by promoting issues based politics witnessed through the televised live Presidential debates, securing the commitment of candidates to peaceful 2016 general elections that reduced violence in conflict hot-spots. The debates have been cascaded to lower local governments and Universities and recommendation has been made to the EC to consider it as part of the electoral cycle.
  • Capacity of Electoral Commission enhanced that enabled them to deliver a peaceful 2016 general elections. This was done through sustained civic and voter education, having a functional disputes resolution mechanisms, robust engagement with the media, fielding of candidates by minority parties. All these resulted into increased voter turn up to 67.62% in 2016 in comparison to voter turnout of 59.3% in 2011 and increased confidence in the electoral process, a path towards deepening democracy and rule of law in Uganda.
  • A number of knowledge products have been produced (policy briefs, media code of conduct during elections, guidelines for conducting debates, functional websites, a code of conduct for political parties) and used and these have continued to influence and guide transformational peace architecture design including accountable governance.
  • The project enhanced gender responsiveness by encouraging diversity and gender in the functioning of the impartial spaces for dialogue through the implementation of the Women Situation Room (WSR) that enabled a rapid response to conflict as well as mitigation throughout the 2016 general elections. 

Project funding

The project is funded under UNDP core resources falls under Direct Implementation Modality (DIM). The fund allocation was two-fold; the Peace Architecture Project USD 4,404,000 while the UN Electoral Support (implemented as an addendum) to the Peace Architecture's budget is USD3,557,750. 

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