The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is attempting to lessen and prevent disputes in Ghana’s northern, north-east, and upper-east areas by collaborating with a few local civil society organizations.
The Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana (EPL) are implementing the Professionals Engaged Against Conflict and Endangerment Fellowship (P.E.A.C.E) for 12 months.
Ghana has difficulties even if it displays strong democratic ideals, particularly in its northern regions.
Political and economic issues, as well as cross-border fights and ethnic wars, have endured, frequently involving young people.
These conflict scenarios continued to be the main causes of Ghana’s northern region‘s underdevelopment, aside from governmental indifference.A few of the crippling wars that have kept north Ghana apart are the Dagbon dispute, the Konkomba-Nanumba conflict, the Chuchuliga skin incident, and the Bawku chieftaincy crisis.
A comprehensive 12-month program, the P.E.A.C.E Fellowship aims to empower and involve more than 100 at-risk community members in three Northern Regions of Ghana.
The goal of this project is to improve the abilities of public servants through community interventions, especially in the field of peace and security.
To develop into early warning resources capable of effectively contributing to national peacebuilding, enhancing security-civilian relations, and supporting the peace architecture in the Northern, North East, and Upper East regions, 25 high-performing participants will go through additional practical training and community outreach.
Through community-driven, participatory solutions, the P.E.A.C.E Fellowship aims to address these concerns and promote sustainable peace, security, and development in collaboration with government partners and peace allies.
The P.£.A.C.E Fellowship’s main goal is to upskill security professionals employed in the public sector and enhance service delivery to assist programs intended to increase public safety, prevent conflict, and improve security-civilian relations.
The objective also includes assisting in the professionalization of public authorities and duty-bearers employed in those localities.
The initiative will teach at least 100 young people, including professionals and community leaders, in conflict resolution and peacebuilding techniques.
A minimum of 25% of the attendees will initiate their small-scale initiatives aimed at promoting peace. By lowering tensions and stigmatization amongst and among historically marginalized communities, the initiative is expected to improve social cohesiveness both inside and between at-risk communities.
Once more, it will focus on enhancing government responsiveness by giving employees the tools they need to enhance service delivery and accessibility and build industry trust.
This is consistent with the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability, which uses an “each-one to reach-five” approach, human rights-based methodology, and human security development to ensure a multiplier impact.
Through the simultaneous participation of experts and people in community immersion tours, important knowledge, skills, and insights are shared, ultimately leading to the development of peaceful communities and proactive citizens.