The Building Bridges Project

Women and Youth actively engaging in community dailogue on raising awareness on peace and security related issues in the Far North Region of Cameroon

The Building Bridges Project seeks to pilot new initiatives for trust building, social cohesion and collaboration on security, governance and peace building among and between young boys and girls, administrative authorities and community leaders within mokolo and kouseri community, vulnerable to violent extremism in the Far North region of Cameroon.

Project Theory of Change:

If young people have improved capacity to engage constructively and collaboratively with administrative and elected officials on security challenges,including Violent Extremism; and IF citizens have improved understanding of the security and justice sectors as well as platforms for regular dialogue and trust building with administrative and community leaders; and IF these stakeholders are then empowered to jointly develop community security mechanisms, underpinned by newfound trust and mutual-accountability in one another; THEN overall community trust of and collaboration with youths,administrative and community leaders will improve BECAUSE these stakeholders will benefit from a holistic approach to trust building,social cohesion based on capacity building, dialogue, and collaborative action.

Objective 1: To create the conditions for improved understanding, collaboration, and communication among and between youths, administrative authorities and community leaders.

ER 1.1 Short-term:Young people have strengthened capacity to constructively communicate with and engage citizens on governance, justice and security

ER 1.2 Medium Term: Improved platforms to build trust, facilitate constructive dialogue, and foster understanding among and between communities, administrative authorities and community leaders.

ER 1.3 Long-term: Increased trust and greater collaboration between and among communities, administrative authorities and community leaders in resolving security,administrative peace challenges.

Objective 2:To strengthen joint collaboration among and between youths, administrative authorities and community leaders on PVE and community security.

ER 2.1 Short-Term: Joint community-level security mechanisms and protocols are developed and advanced by citizens, administrative authorities and community leaders.

ER 2.2 Medium: Citizens have improved access to information and positive examples of security, justice, and peace processes.

ER 2.3 Long Term: Greater presence of peaceful and more coherent communication and dialogue between community leaders, youth, administrative authorities on PVE and community security.

Project Activities

  • Accountability Training for young people, administrative authorities and community leaders in Mokolo on community engagement techniques.
  • Community peace, justice and Security dialogues to prepare communities to engage with administrative authorities and community leaders
  • Development of User friendly guide on improving dialogue and collaboration between young people, administrative authorities and community leaders in preventing VE.

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