Training helps government to better manage conflict

Jan 30, 2012

imageParties to a local conflict shake hands after a traditional peace dialogue. Photo Sandra Magno/UNDP TL

Dili — Staff from Timor-Leste’s National Directorate for Community Conflict Prevention (DNPCC) are learning to record and analyse information, to help decision-makers manage and prevent conflict.

“This training is important for the stability of the country,” said the Secretary of State for Security Francisco Guterres, who oversees the DNPCC.

“It will enable DNPCC staff to correctly analyse conflicts and write clear and well-reasoned reports, which in turn enable the government to make the right decisions,” he said.

Since 24 January, 25 DNPCC staff members and the Directorate’s 50 district-based representatives have been improving their ability to identify conflict incidents, effectively document and analyse situations and respond appropriately for each community.

The non-governmental organization, Belun, is providing the training.

Belun has been working on local conflict analysis and early warning reporting in Timor-Leste for many years.

The programme was jointly designed and planned by the DNPCC and the UNDP/UNMIT Strengthening Civilian Oversight and Management Capacity in the Security Sector project.

This initiative builds on UN support to DNPCC over the past four years.

“We are pleased to be able to support these workshops, which will strengthen DNPCC’s capacity in important skills central to their role, especially as we head into a period of heightened political activity,” said Kevin Chang, Chief Technical Advisor to the joint UNDP/UNMIT initiative.

The training supports the achievement of the Government’s efforts to improve public safety and security, as well as its National Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030.