Government officials participate in peace-sensitive development planning workshop

08 Sep 2009

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Over 40 officials from the National Planning Commission and Line Ministries participated in the workshop- Strengthening Collaborative Leadership Capacities for Peace-sensitive Development Planning and Governance, organised by the UNDP Peace Building and Recovery unit with support from the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP HQs.

Honourable Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Robert Piper opened the workshop highlighting on the issues, opportunities and challenges associated with peace-sensitive development planning.

The participants worked on creating a collaborative approach to inclusive planning by brainstorming on the key issues, challenges and capacity gaps. They discussed on the need to develop key competencies such as negotiation and mediation skills for the key actors. Alongside, they identified the need to have a reform in the institutions for better rule of law and peace and security for effective peace-sensitive development planning.

Participants worked in groups on different topics such as Inclusion and Development Planning, Mindset and Leadership, Institutional Collaboration, State Credibility in Safety and Service Delivery and Working in Conflict Affected Districts and Communities.

The group works were based on the identified issues such as challenges, analysis, opportunities, processes, information and understanding of people in the post conflict context.

The participants also discussed about law and order, peace and security, safety, values and norms and service delivery of the state as some of the major challenges for effective planning and development.

As way forward, the participants worked on possible ways of integrating peace sensitive development indicators with other aspects of planning.

Similar workshop is being organised for political party leaders and civil society representatives. The workshop aims at developing creative, constructive and visionary leadership required for reforming the institutions of the state and of the elements of such reform.