Norway has contributed to the fund for several years, and go on annual field visit as part of the regular monitoring of the fund. The DCPSF is a United Nations multi-donor trust fund established in 2007 and fund projects that:
1. Strengthen community-based reconciliation mechanisms (CBRMs), the traditional community groups that resolve disputes;
2. Provide livelihoods support that brings communities together;
3. Promote effective natural resource management among communities;
4. Build and link networks amongst peacebuilding initiatives in Darfur
The visit included two villages in South Darfur, Merrier Village and Fasha Village. During the visit the embassy met with participants of four different projects, and discussed the project implementation with them. Amongst the topics that came up was women’s participation in the society, the question of the return of internally displaced people and the management of natural resources. The members of different community-based reconciliation mechanisms explained how these mechanisms work and in what cases they are applied.
These visits make up an important part of the embassy’s work, and increases our understanding of the challenges faced in different parts of Sudan by the people who live there.P
Photo: Women in Merrier Village talk to Ms. Safia Mohamed, Gender and Peacebuilding expert working with the DCPSF