Context

Burkina Faso has witnessed a dramatic increase in violence in the last five years. This violence is becoming increasingly diffuse throughout the territory and is transforming in character. National and international institutions are investing heavily in the security response with little attention to the root causes and long-term processes that enable and exacerbate such violence. Moreover, there is no known nationwide attempt to understand the multiple perspectives, needs and capacities of local populations in the context of these security threats. Recognizing that long term and durable solutions for peace require local ownership, the absence of such analysis constitutes an important gap.



Goal

Interpeace’s goal is to implement a process through which the population of Burkina Faso can openly express, in their own terms, how they understand the current threats to peace and security in their country and how they are addressing these challenges, with a view to design programmes and policies to sustain peace in the long term.



Analyzing the drivers of violent conflict and factors of resilience

Using Participatory Action Research (PAR), Interpeace is conducting an analysis of the drivers of violent conflict and factors of resilience in Burkina Faso. PAR emphasizes the importance of inclusive, participatory, locally owned, driven and led processes of understanding phenomena. The rationale for such an approach is rooted in the belief that supporting the agency of stakeholders through their meaningful participation in understanding conflict contributes to the design of inclusive and locally owned peacebuilding processes. The participatory action research process will be supplemented by the use of Audio-Visual Documentation. Audio-visual documentation has proven to be a vital tool for advancing the acceptance of research findings in post-conflict countries where Interpeace is engaged. This analysis will be done in all 13 regions of the country and will ensure that all relevant actors are i...

Fostering youth dialogue: Bibiss Laafi Batû

In partnership with Fondation Hirondelle, Interpeace is developing a project designed to contribute towards developing mutual understanding and trust among young people in Burkina Faso. Youth are increasingly isolated from, and frustrated by, national decision-making processes; influenced by unbalanced reporting and participation in social and other media; and, affected negatively by the security challenges, including inter-communal conflict, affecting the country and wider Sahel region. The initiative aims to address these challenges by creating spaces for young people to develop mutual understanding, to participate in public debate and to seek fresh and youth-oriented solutions to security challenges principally using radio to do so. This project will be implemented in 7 regions: Ouahigouya (Northern Region), Dori (Sahel Region), Bobo-Dioulasso (Upper Basin Region), Kaya (North Central Region), F...

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