CLJU conducts Community Review Entry Workshop
The Community Justice Liaison Unit (CJLU) of the PNG Law and Justice Sector facilitated a 3-day workshop to review the Peace Foundation Melanesia's (PFM) Community entry process for undertaking law and justice needs analysis.
This took place at the National Sports Institute (NSI) from the April 18-21, 2006. Participating personnel included Peace Foundation Trainers from Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands, NCD/ Central provinces, Kup women for Peace and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The objective of the workshop was to review the community entry process for undertaking law and justice needs analysis at the community level and identification of Participatory Rural appraisals tools that worked in assisting with the process. Sharing of experiences between the different project areas of Southern Highlands, EHP, Bougainville, Kup (Chimbu) and NCD/ Central assisted in the capacity development of the trainers.
The workshop also assisted with beginning the process of CJLU putting together guidelines on PRA tools for identifying Community Law and Justice needs.
According to participant Dora Kegemo, who is a Village Court Magistrate and a PFM Trainer in Eastern Highlands, the review workshop has assisted with improvement of the work of Peace Foundation Melanesia in EHP. The timely staging of the review workshop provided further insights on the work of Conflict resolution and peace building in communities.
Clarence Densy and Andrew Kuia, PFM trainers from the Autonomous region of Bougainville stressed that the work of PFM has this golden opportunity with the back up from the EHP Law and Justice Division to work more closely with the formal law and justice sector.
Trainers Clarence Densy and Andrew Kuia elaborated that Bougainville has come through the hard way, as the process was started by the civil society through the chiefs who initiated and took the leading roles in the work of mediation with assistance and empowerment from PFM trainings, before the formal system of government were restored.
Janet Nisa, a PMF from Mendi, compared the situation in SHP to that of Bougainville after the failed 2002 elections.
She said with the work of PFM situation has improved and there is a greater need to share experiences between trainers from Bougainville and Southern Highlands. This is in relation to dealing with mediations in conflicts. Her feed back on the workshop was that she hopes to implement the skills learnt, and the experience from Bougainville and Kup has provided her further insights to deal with issues on the ground.
Peace Foundation Melanesia organisers thanked the PNG Law and Justice sector program through CJLU for initiating the workshop adding that this is the first ever workshop on sharing experiences and reviewing the community entry process since establishment in 1987.
For further information, please contact Dr Rodney Kameata, CJLU National Coordinator, Phone: 323-3098, Fax: 323-0850, email: rkameata_ firstname.lastname@example.org
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