Tamale, Northern Region, GHANA – The United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) donated two vehicles to the National Peace Council for the use by the Northern and Savannah Regional Peace Councils. The two 2016 Nissan Pathfinders will provide the regional councils with the mobility they need to mediate local conflicts when necessary and deliver training to chiefs and other community members in alternative dispute resolution to enable them to resolve conflict within their own communities. This training is part of a larger effort to prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts, as well as foster social unity and sustainable peace in Northern Ghana.
Kimberly A. Rosen, USAID Mission Director, expressed the importance of this collaboration. She highlighted the fruitful partnership between USAID, the National Peace Council (NPC), and the two regional Peace Councils in promoting peaceful conflict resolution in northern Ghana.
“USAID is committed to promoting peace in Northern Ghana. Through our joint efforts, we’ve been strengthening local communities and traditional authorities, promoting social cohesion, and preventing conflict. The work of the Northern Regional Peace Council, in collaboration with the Dagbon Traditional Council, is a testament to our dedication to peace and development in this region,” said Rosen at the handover.
She stressed that these efforts align with the strategic objectives of the U.S. Government’s Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (SPCPS). USAID’s support extends to strengthening the capacity of local and traditional authorities and citizens, fostering resilience and social cohesion, and encouraging locally-led solutions to conflict and violence prevention. With USAID support, the Northern Regional Peace Council has collaboratively worked with the Dagbon Traditional Council to revise the Dagbon constitution from 1930, fortifying traditional governance and providing a roadmap for chieftaincy succession in the Dagbon Traditional Area.
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