Efficacy of informal peace committees to peacebuilding: Evidence from Seke district, Zimbabwe
Published: 31 October 2017
Objective: To test whether and under what conditions informal peace committees can effectively help to contribute to peacebuilding at local community level.
Method: The study applied participatory action research to design, implement and evaluate the peace committee initiative with 15 individual members in ward 8 of Seke district. The study first conducted a 10-member focus group. Secondly, a follow-up in-depth interview on five focus group members and seven more involved in peacebuilding provided feedback on the effectiveness of informal peace committees.
Results: The study showed that creating informal peace committees is possible, as community participation in the design, implementation and day-to-day operations of such initiatives guarantees their sustainability even without external funding. One of the comparative advantages of informal peace committees is that all social groups in the community have equal chances of being represented, thus helping to meet the needs and aspirations of the community at large. The study further revealed that informal peace committees are faced with a number of limitations. The major one is that they do not enjoy official recognition from government, in spite of their critical role in contributing to peace in their host communities.
Conclusion: The strengths of informal peace committees are that they are self-initiated; they represent the interests of the host community and can be replicated.
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