The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In East and Central Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan), Conciliation Resources used the Capacities for Peace project to support communities’ local protection mechanisms and early warning processes in the areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The project contributed to improving community-led warning mechanisms to respond to violence, and addressed a lack of communication and understanding between remote communities and policymakers in capitals. This paper focuses on achievements and lessons from the work in CAR.
The Capacities for Peace project activities contributed to an ongoing programme of work between Conciliation Resources and local civil society leaders and communities in the LRA-affected areas, which aims to tackle some of the root causes of the conflict and reduce its impact on local people.