Projects

Darfur: Building Peace and Helping Economic Recovery

Timeframe: 2011-present

Donors: USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), UNDP/Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund

NEF is leading a pioneering effort to build peace and economic security in Darfur by improving community management of natural resources - the root cause of most conflicts in the war-torn region.  

Through this multi-year initiative, more than 8,000 people will directly benefit from NEF activities in 9 clusters of villages throughout West and Central Darfur States.

We’re engaging the full range of community members – from nomadic herders to farmers and tribal leaders – and helping them create solutions to the natural resources and land issues that impact their livelihoods. These short- and long-term solutions both foster peace and allow them to share resources in a way that benefits all residents.

In this area of extreme poverty, we are also helping people generate income from agriculture, natural resource-based income generating activities, and small businesses.

Our efforts are promoting local ownership of the peace process and helping community members take a leadership role in the key management decisions that impact their lives.

NEF is placing a special emphasis on engaging women and youth to help them overcome social and economic barriers, and play a larger role in local decision-making.

How It Works

NEF’s approach is proving successful because it can be customized to address the specific problems of a particular area.

There are three key phases:

(1) Assess the local situation and conflict(s);

(2) Develop local conventions - or rules - to govern natural resource use, and support the necessary capacity building and dialogue – including providing trainings and creating resource management councils; and

(3) Create and implement land use management plans, as well collaborative income-generating activities.

Process

As shown in the following chart, each step of the process is matched with its related capacity building, economic development, and conflict reconciliation outcomes.

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