Tostan Training Center (TTC)
Peace and Security Project
What: Our Peace and Security Project works to strengthen and support our proven grassroots strategy of community-led development to improve peace and security in the West Africa region. It focuses on building ways to overcome barriers that limit an individual’s ability to develop through collaboration at the local, regional and national level.
Why: All areas of development are limited when communities and nations cannot live in peace. By ensuring every woman, man and child can develop in a safe and cooperative environment, we will see improvements in education, health, economic development, gender equality and more.
How: The Peace and Security Project first strengthens peace-building at the community level by reinforcing conflict prevention and management skills learned in the Community Empowerment Program. These skills include improved communication and problem-solving skills as well as the peaceful resolution of community and familial conflicts.
The project also works to develop strategies for fostering peace and human security across social networks through research and collaboration. Research for the project has been conducted on the function and nature of major social networks in Senegal, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.
It also works to connect grassroots communities and their social networks with regional and international institutions. With this increased collaboration, regions and nations as a whole can work together to identify barriers to the peace and security of their area and create solutions that will overcome those barriers.
When & Where: The Peace and Security Project was launched in April 2012, and the pilot phase (phase 1) of the project was implemented in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and The Gambia. There has since been a bridge project in 2014 (phase 2), followed by an extension of the project between 2015 and 2016 (phase 3). This involved 60 communities during the pilot and the bridge phases, and 60 communities during the first extension. In 2017, the Peace and Security Project was implemented in 120 communities in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali.
The Peace and Security Project was most recently implemented in 40 communities in Senegal and The Gambia in 2018 with the support of USAID’s Engaging Civil Society for Peace in the Casamance Project.
Impact & Sustainability: In total, 280 Peace Committees and Peace Commissions have been established through the Peace and Security Module. They have resolved over 2061 conflicts.