The Community Driven Peace Building is a two year project funded by the MacArthur Foundation with the aim of sustaining peaceful in Plateau State of Nigeria. It is envisaged that at the end of this project the foundation for durable peace and stability would be laid in the State, through a community driven process of conflict prevention a well as participation in designing peace architecture for vulnerable communities.
As a result of the facilitative role CAPP would play in fostering dialogue and confidence building across ethnic and religious fault lines, communities would cultivate the spirit of tolerance and harmonious co-existence in Plateau state. CAPP also envisages the emergence of a strong peace constituency that is made up of both state and non-state actors, working collectively prevent, mitigate or manage conflict. The emphasis here has to do with instituting an effective and proactive conflict response mechanism at both the community and state level.
It is also expected that the partnership that will emerge from CAPP and other non-state actors on one hand and the government on the other, would lead to the enactment of a peace policy, which defines the road map for a durable peace and stability in the State.
In a very fundamental way, this project is also expected to facilitate trauma healing for the most vulnerable groups such as children, women and youth in the communities where this project is being implemented. The focus is to purge them of the feelings of fear, hatred and susceptibility to violence rather employing creative and non-violence alternatives to resolving their conflicts.