26 peace actors including District Peace Committee (DPC) and Peace and field monitors in Turkana County have successfully completed a three - day training on conflict, early warning and response mechanism held in Lodwar town in North-western Kenya.
The training organized by IOM in partnership with the government through the National Steering Committee on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management (NSC) was designed to help trainees acquire skills that will enable them initiate urgent and immediate actions that will help conflict or reduce the risk of escalation.
Participants were also able to acquire knowledge and skills and at the same time share challenges facing them towards conflict resolution. They were also trained on how to send early warning, develop scenarios, anticipate most likely developments and propose appropriate response options designed to prevent violent conflicts.
The County Commissioner of Turkana County, Julius Mathenge pointed put the importance of embracing peace adding that any tangible development in Turkana may be realized if area residents shunned conflict.
“Conflict prevention is important for social and economic development of Turkana county,” said Mathenge.
NSC facilitators further emphasized the importance of team work among peace actors by communicating, linking and sharing information to prevent potential violent conflicts.
Turkana County faces frequent cross-border/inter-communal conflicts due to competition over scarce resources and local political issues.
This training was organized as part of the project funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the United Nations Human Security Trust Fund (UNHSTF) aiming at contributing the resilience and protection of marginalized communities in Northern Kenya.
The training was held from 18- 20 February 2014.