The Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) Donor’s visit to Project AreasDec 1, 2013
The Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) donors visited the project site areas in West Darfur region from 24th to 26th of November. The donor monitoring team visited out reached areas and held meetings with NGO consortiums and government officials. The local and international NGOs shared their achievements in their programmatic areas and shared their challenges in service delivery. NGO’s further discussed the mechanism to address such challenges but unanimously commented the significance and importance of the project and its impact on the community. The mission visited village Korki community and Kerinding II camp during their outreached monitoring visit of project implementation sites areas. The income generation activities interventions through cheese, jams and oriental food items, dried vegetables stitching of clothes, handicrafts and shoe making etc. were shared by communities. The medical clinic provides primary health care, immunization for children, pre natal care, laboratory services and referral mechanism in the kerinding II camp, which is not only contributing for the camp population but also the marginalized citizens of neighboring country, Chad as well.
In a gathering with the mission team in Korki village, the multi tribe’s men and women representatives also shared their peace building process views and success stories under DCPSF umbrella “I am pleased to see the bond among the different tribes, nomad and other groups. The peace built among the arched rivals of the past is over whelming and I am glad to see that the tribes are now getting closer through intermarriages, mutual economic and community development activities and peaceful sharing of scarce resources” said Anderegg Matthias, representing Swiss Embassy.
In 2012 alone, nighty eight (98) income-generation activities were supported by DCPSF that included different groups, such as women, youth and various tribes. A total of 92 percent of sampled community members responded that trust and confidence was restored in the communities where the DCPSF projects were operating. Over 80 percent of sampled Darfuris responded that they are satisfied with reconciliation mechanisms, experiencing increased levels of peace and stability. Despite of the increasing overall intensity of conflicts and security incidents in 2012, sample survey and reports from 21 ongoing projects, 2012 indicates that the communities with the DCPSF strengthened their resilience to conflicts and enjoyed peace and stability where activities promoting early recovery could take place. More than 146,500 people have used the community-based conflict resolution mechanisms benefited directly and some 2,425,620 people benefitted indirectly in which the efforts spread to some 160 communities in 2012. DCPSF has supported 61 educational and 7 health initiatives. Forty-five (45) civil society organizations (CSOs) improved planning, conflict sensitivity and peace building activities. Through DCPSF, 25,302 children were newly enrolled in schools in Darfur and 109 water sources including boreholes, hand pumps, wells, and hafirs through consultative processes. Despite of tough security situation and access, DCPSF has gone beyond the defined milestones by achieving 14 out of 17 milestones defined for 2012. It requires a continuation of funds for the period of time to brought back the communities to pre-conflict situation as a significant amount of anchoring are still in an intensive care. UNDP through DCPSF and its implementing partners backed by the donors, assures to set new goals, standards and achievements in the year 2014 and will ensure accountability of each penny spend from contribution of the donating countries.
By Syed Haider Ali - UNDP Sudan