Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
By Mel Duncan, Nonviolent Peaceforce Director of Advocacy and Outreach
Nonviolent Peaceforce has some very exciting news to share. In December Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) received notification of a grant from the European Union to commence a project in support of people in Syria affected by the crisis.
This exciting news comes to NP after almost two years of program exploration and development, training for local activists, and relationship building with Syrian civil society leaders and organizations. The goal of the NP project is to strengthen Syrian civil society capacity to protect civilians from violence.
NP will be partnering with Madani, a Syrian civil society organization promoting a peaceful and democratic Syria and Cure Violence, a Chicago-based violence-reduction non-governmental organization. Through this partnership we will train and support civilian protection and violence interruption programs. These programs will be locally-tailored to fit the context of up to 45 various locations.
Working in tandem with these organizations, NP will offer intensive training for Syrian civil society organizations and leaders across the entire political spectrum.
These trainings will be followed by ongoing support and consultation with the local Syrian groups, as plans are implemented in the areas they serve. Periodically, we will bring people together to reflect on their experience, identify lessons learned, and strengthen relationships among each other.
Nonviolent Peaceforce believes that a strong and active network of civil society organizations, working across political, religious, and ethnic boundaries, provides a foundation for a future pluralistic and peaceful Syria. When appropriate and safe, we will consider sending in international unarmed civilian protectors to further this mission.
The project, scheduled to begin in April 2015, will last for three years.
While the EU project will cover operational costs, we need donations to help with the start up. We will be sending a development team by the end of January. To help the Syria project get started right please donate to: