Papua New Guinea

Project for addressing conflict and fragility in the highlands

Project Summary
The Project for Addressing Conflict & Fragility in the Highlands (ACFiH) focuses on implementing critical peacebuilding interventions including enhancing infrastructures for peace through strengthening capacity of traditional/local leadership in practice of effective leadership and conflict management, promoting inclusive community dialogue and decision making, and supporting local faith-based conflict mediation mechanisms. The project also seeks to co-create local peacebuilding platforms such as peace and development dialogue networks for enhanced local governance and confidence-building as well as forums for community-level mutual learning and cross-fertilization of local peacebuilding practices. To further inform peacebuilding interventions, the project undertakes detailed conflict analysis and listening exercises for Hela and Southern Highlands provinces and maintain a conflict tracking and monitoring mechanism for early warning/early action, complemented by a scoping exercise of existing formal law and justice institutions and its interaction with traditional/informal justice mechanisms.


Project Goal
Addressing conflict and fragility in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces to enable long-term sustainable development.


Project Outcomes

  • Outcome 1: Communities affected by conflict in the Highlands have increased capacity to promote and demand for peace and social cohesion. 
  • Outcome 2: Duty bearers in the Highlands adopt inclusive, people-centered, and conflict-sensitive approaches to peacebuilding and conflict that promotes peace and security. 
  • Outcome 3: Peacebuilding and development interventions in Hela and Southern Highlands are responsive to conflict prevention and mitigation. 

Expected Results

  1. Peacebuilding skills and tools are entrenched in communities and faith-based organizations. 
  2. Inclusive and conflict-sensitive accountability mechanisms are established and strengthened to ensure responsiveness to communities and local civil society in local decision-making. 
  3. Strong evidence based on conflict context in Hela and Southern Highland Provinces is established to inform local peacebuilding and development interventions.

Status: Active


Time Frame:
• Project Start Date: July 2021
• Project End Date: June 2024


Location:
Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces, Papua New Guinea


Focal Area:
Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Recovery


Beneficiaries:
• Hela Province 
• Southern Highlands Province 


Partners:
• Hela Provincial Government 
• Southern Highlands Provincial Government
• Catholic Diocese of Mendi (CDM)
• CARE PNG
• Conciliation Resources (CR)


Donor(s):
• Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)


Budget: USD 3,000,000


Project Duration: Thirty Six Months


Contacts:
Project Manager
Ahmad Rashid Watanpahl
Email: ahmad.rashid.watanpahl@undp.org 

Highlands Joint Programme Coordinator
Gerard Ng
Email: gerard.ng@undp.org 

 

The project also seeks to co-create local peacebuilding platforms such as peace and development dialogue networks for enhanced local governance and confidence-building

Impact

START DATE

October 2020

END DATE

December 2024

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE

Papua New Guinea

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

United Nations Development Programme

DONORS

GOVERNMENT OF UNITED KINGDOM

KOREA INTERN. COOPERATION AGENCY (KOICA)

MDTFO/JP_UN_Country_Fund_PNG

Peacebuilding Fund

UNOCHA/Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$4,878,720

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2020$0

2021$358,084

2022$871,566

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