More than Peace engages with specific incidents of violent protest or confrontation where there is an opportunity to facilitate a longer term process with all the key participants involved in the conflict. This requires building partnerships and trusted relationships with community leadership, business, local government, law enforcement and civil society.
Each intervention within a particular community is composed of multiple phases of activity:
Crisis intervention – in response to an invitation from church and community leaders for MTP to assist in intervening in the crisis. These are generally where protests targeting issues of injustice and inequality are escalating and becoming violent. MTP has a team of accredited, professional mediators and support who:
- help to identify, listen, gather information, and prepare an analysis with relevant stakeholders to assess and promote readiness for and participation in conflict transformation.
- meet with stakeholder groups separately to prepare for conflict transformation.
- facilitate multi-stakeholder negotiations with clear agreed aims, outcomes and ground rules.
- help stakeholders to implement agreements through a co-created task team.
- prepare and disseminate agreed minutes and actions to hold all parties to account.
Community Stakeholder Training: MTP offers a variety of training courses delivered by our core team and coalition partners to engage, develop and strengthen the agency, capacity, knowledge, participation, leadership and organisational structures in the community where an intervention is occurring. Socio-economic justice and transformation are key to establishing peace.
The three primary training courses are:
- Peace Justice Witness Training: Observers play a vital role in creating an early warning system and response to rising tensions and potential conflict. This intelligence is critical for early interventions by church and community leaders to defuse tensions and to mobilise observers if violence does occur. Observers play a critical role as impartial witnesses to the actual events. Their reports provide important intelligence to MTP mediators and facilitators. We train in partnership with the Right2Know Campaign.
- Understanding and transforming conflict: A 3-day training in understanding conflict and creating an integrated framework for peace-building. What are the root causes of the crisis and conflict? How can a community transition from crisis to desired change? What are the social structures and relationships that are desirable? How is crisis prevented from re-emerging? How can processes of action, reflection and further action be designed to improve and develop a desired future? This training is delivered and has been developed contextually by the MTP Mediation and Facilitation Team.
- Stakeholder Dialogue Training: This is part of a ‘Sustained Dialogues Programme’ which works to acknowledge, confront and engage – through dialogue – enduring legacies that continue to marginalize, wound and cause injustice. Stakeholder Dialogue Training develops the understanding, skill, and capacity of local communities in multi-stakeholder dialogues, democratic processes and active citizenship. We train stakeholders in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
Peace Catalyst Support: We seek to coach, train, apprentice and financially support a Peace Catalyst within each community that we are invited to work in. Peace Catalysts will be trained in groups and learn to reflect on their praxis together using praxis or learning cycle methodologies. Each Peace Catalyst will receive group and 1:1 coaching, training, and apprenticeships with our mediators and trainers.
Collaborative Development Facilitation: As soon as a community is out of crisis mode and has well-trained leaders within an inclusive and accountable structure, we endeavour to draw together the community, local authorities, NGO and private sectors and other stakeholders to collaboratively prioritise, plan and then implement development projects. At this stage we are providing in our budget for 20 hours of development facilitation per month for communities that are in this phase.