DPBSC provided Conflict Sensitivity Training to Community Leaders in Sub District Manatuto, District Manatuto
''participants during a group discussion exercise'' photo: Marino Mouzinho/ UNDP
Dili, 13-15 October 2015, As part of efforts to strengthen peace and social cohesion in Timor-Leste, the Ministry of Social Solidarity through its Department of Peace building and Social Cohesion provided training on Conflict Sensitivity to community leaders at MSS Office Manatuto.The objective of the training was to enhance the capacity of community leaders at the district level to promote peace and social cohesion through peaceful resolution of conflict in their communities.
“We do not know the criteria of mediation to obtain a solution, therefore I expect after this training you have been equipped with adequate knowledge of how to mediate and resolve a conflict in the future”, said Mr. Antonio da Silva Soares, Sub district Administrator Manatuto.
In his opening remark, the MSS Director, Manatuto District, Mr. Gaspar Martins, informed participants that after the training, he expected them to become promoters of peace in their communities through their positive actions as well as provide useful information relevant for the prevention and peaceful resolution of conflict.
The training focused on conflict sensitivity through the Do No Harm approach and analysis of dividers and connectors. Early Warning and Response System training was provided by Belun a national non-governmental organization. The training employed case studies, group discussions and plenary presentations to facilitate learning.
“We will pass this information on our work, to our community and to the youth so that when there are problems that have the potential for violent conflict in the future we all together overcome as early as possible“, said Madalena da Silva Soares, participant and trainer of the Manatuto Youth Training Center.
The training was successfully organized as a result of the cordial working relationship between the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the United Nations Development Programme, Timor-Leste and funded by the Japanese government.
About thirty (30) people composed of community leaders; chefe Sucos, Inter-ministerial institutions, youth representatives, students, women's groups, community police and MSS staff attended the training. Finally, this training will continue to happen across the country based on requests from community leaders, local and national authorities to the Department of Peace Building and Social Cohesion (DPBSC), Ministry of Social Solidarity.