The Justice and Peace program promotes peaceful coexistence among local communities by promoting peace building and conflict transformation initiatives at the local level. The Diocese of Marsabit works with other faith groups to promote social cohesion, religious tolerance and Peace. The program also promotes good governance through advocacy and policy dialogue with multi-stakeholders within the county.
Marsabit County is largely characterized by violent intertribal and political conflicts. The conflict has been escalating to deadly wars among different ethnic communities. The situation is aggravated further by the availability of firearms and the general porous nature of the borders with neighboring Ethiopia. The manipulation of ethnic loyalties for political gain damaging stability and longer-term peace, economic marginalization which has negatively impacted on the collective livelihoods of communities, competition of scarce resources (water and pasture), corruption, competition for county resources and control, inaction by government, accusation of land/boundary issues, the role of politicians in fanning conflict, political supremacy, retrogressive traditional activities e.g., raids, revenge.
The Justice and Peace Program has made notable strides in mitigating the violent intertribal and political conflicts that have plagued Marsabit County. The program has successfully fostered social cohesion, religious tolerance, and peaceful coexistence among different ethnic groups.In addition, the program has been instrumental in advocating for good governance through policy dialogue with multi-stakeholders within the county. These achievements have led to improved social harmony and sustainable peace among the communities served by the program, despite the challenges posed by factors such as the availability of firearms, competition for resources, corruption, and political manipulation.
Caritas Marsabit is also implementing a cross-border community resilience program designed to enhance resilience and thus reduce the need for humanitarian assistance among communities in the cross-border clusters. Focusing on communities that live across the borders of Ethiopia and Kenya. The activity aims to empower local entities, including communities, civil society, private sector and governments, to chart their own pathways for addressing conflict, improving livelihoods and/or reducing the risks of shocks and stresses. CBCR works to foster local ownership of development investments by supporting local leadership in work planning, implementation, and monitoring. The purpose is to contribute to the resilience of cross-border communities with the goal of reducing the need for humanitarian assistance among communities in the cross-border clusters of Dukana, Dillo, Bales Saru, Hoboki, Sabare and Turmi.
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