Help build peace this #GivingTuesday
It’s Giving Tuesday! During this giving season, we hope you’ll join us in supporting practical, effective alternatives to violence and war.
Take these words from a farmer and participant in the Protecting Our Communities Initiative in the town of Nahuce in Zamfara, Nigeria. We lead the initiative together with Neem Foundation and three community-based organizations. In that region, cycles of farmer-herder conflict have worsened with climate change:
“We never knew there could be such a thing as mediation between farmers and herders, as all we did was fight each other. Now we have found the logic on how to live and work peacefully because the organization has trained us how to. Now the herders even give us manure to use on our farms, while we give them hay from our farms for their cattle.”
Through that project, community members at 18 sites across Nigeria—including this farmer—have identified and addressed more than 850 incidents that could have sparked broader violence over the past four years.
Because violent conflict was prevented, that means communities were not displaced. Children stayed in school. Crops matured. And through our collaborations, people impacted by conflict—diverse ethnicities, women, youth—gained new platforms to advocate their needs and promote lasting peace.
Read on below to learn more about our current work to incubate local peacebuilding efforts like this in Nigeria, the United States, Benin, and beyond:
- The impact of our collaborative work with communities affected by farmer-herder conflicts in Nigeria continues to multiply! Nigerian government agencies are now working with the project team to incorporate our model into their approach to conflict nationwide.
- Our new collaboration in the Benin-Niger border area—launched in October—builds on our and Neem Foundation’s work in Nigeria, incorporating climate data into local peacebuilding strategies among farmers and herders.
- In the United States, our BRAVE Schools project works with school-based teams to prevent violence and stop the spread of hate in our communities. Meanwhile, national dialogues bring influential stakeholders together behind the scenes, across political divides, to move policy forward on climate change.
- Community members have taken ownership of the peacebuilding systems established by our project in Nigeria. They now operate early warning-early response and dialogue processes independently. This has enabled impacted communities to continue to take action for their own peace and security—even when it has been unsafe for project staff to travel to their location.