Trust and peace building: Refocusing on pathways to enhance resilience in an insecure world

TICAD 8 side event

August 9, 2022

TICAD 8 side event

Credit: UNDP Africa
Event Details
25 August 2022

6:30-8:00 (EDT) / 11:30-13:00 (TUN) / 13:30-15:00 (EAT) / 19:30-21:00 (JST)


Registration: TICAD8 JICA Side Events
Co-organizer: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Language: English, French



Strengthening mutual trust between the state and the citizenry and among communities is considered essential to build resilience and achieve durable peace and stability, especially in conflict-affected regions and countries and/or fragile, violence-affected settings. The strengthening of trust, both vertically and horizontally, has been identified as essential in settings of violent extremism, stabilization, and transitional justice, in particular. Repetitive interaction between communities and authorities, for example, through local-level inclusive dialogues and community events, or public service delivery providers helps to build positive bonds between them and thereby reinforce state legitimacy and stability. As the world is experiencing a growing sense of insecurity, division, and instability, both local and international actors need to refocus on the value of courteous and constructive vertical and horizontal dialoguing to build trust, which is needed more than ever to build resilience in the African context.

Key Questions
  • What are the features that characterize the trust building efforts in your country?

  • What are the challenges, and how do you intend to overcome those challenges?

  • How is trust being measured?


To showcase practical knowledge and experience related to trust building between the state and the population and among communities in the process of enhancing resilience and envisioning durable peace and stability


Mr. Mohammed G. Alkali, Managing Director / CEO of North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Government of Nigeria

Mr. Yapi Urbain, Director of Direction of Local Development, Government of Cote d’Ivoire

Mrs. M'balu A. Kamara, Ag. Deputy Director, Rural Development, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Government of Sierra Leone

Dr. Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD

Ms. Leonie Abela, Peacebuilding Practitioner

Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, UNDP

Mr. Murotani Ryutaro, Senior Director of Office for Peacebuilding, JICA

(Other speakers: TBC)