The executive director of the Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), James Shilue, has returned to Monrovia from participating in a weeklong global forum in New York (USA) to articulate findings from a recently completed resilience study entitled: Frameworks for Assessing Resilience (FAR) in Liberia. FAR is a project led by Interpeace and implemented in collaboration with the Centre for the Studies on Peace and Development (CEPAD), P4DP, Interpeace-Guatemala and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), FAR was undertaken in Liberia for several objectives, including de-emphasizing fragility and to promote the concept of resilience; lifting local voices into policy arena nationally and internationally; identifying local and national structures that help to build lasting peace and enhance social cohesion, especially as UNMIL draws down; contribute to the new deal objectives of legitimate and inclusive politics; and explore what practical measures women use in dealing with marginalization and other forms of violence.As in other pilot countries where the project was implemented, FAR projects sought to understand the sources of resilience in society that can be leveraged for building peace. In Liberia, the project was able to document both existing as well as potential assets and strengths within societies and institutions that enable Liberians to recover from, overcome and prevent violent conflict. At the end of the study, there were four key findings that demonstrated the resilience of Liberians. They include marginalization of women in Liberian patriarchal structure; resilience mechanisms women devised against structural and societal threats; perception of a weak state and governance deficits evidence by people’s reliance on innovative and adaptive measures for survival. The study also observed the threats associated with increasing pressure on land and the absence of effective regulation that creates various responses from Liberia, and most importantly how Liberia responded to Ebola.The global forum was intended to hear the unique findings from the various participating countries and provided an opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, donors, academics and members of the various multilateral organizations, including the United Nations, to understand and critically reflect and make inputs on draft document that could serve as guidance for assessing resilience for peacebuilding. The forum, which was organized by International Peacebuilding Alliance (Interpeace), Liberia, Guatemala and Timor Leste, in collaboration with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, explored a variety of issues.With resilience for peace building being a new concept, the forum also unpacked the concept and findings from a global lens in order to identify positive peacebuilding resilience assets. The underlying principle was to deepen the deliberations and understand the nature and sources of societal and community resilience, viewed through a conflict transformation lens, points to the potential that endogenous process of re-stitching the social fabric of relationships damaged by violent conflict.This will not only serve as retrospective means of adaptation, but also operate as forward looking and preventive in nature.Shilue highlighted the added values of the research in Liberia and admonished participants, international policy makers, donors, UN entities and multilateral organizations to harness its rich findings, particularly as UNMIL draws down ahead of the pending 2017 election to help consolidate peace and fortify Liberia against stress and long term conflict. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has said the 12 rural spots to host special new hubs for broadband across the county will be a game changer.The Minister for Education and Skills revealed the locations after a Cabinet meeting where his Government colleague and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Energy Richard Bruton got sign-off on the National Broadband Plan.Minister McHugh said: “High speed Internet in rural areas is investing in people and communities for the future. “It will help people work from home, access services and generally make lives easier.”The National Broadband Plan kicks off in the new year with work to connect fibre optic cables to broadband connection points in community settings such as GAA clubs, community centres and public libraries. The community hubs will all be connected by the end of next year.In Donegal about €128m is being invested to connect 32,130 homes, farms and businesses thanks to the National Broadband Plan.Minister McHugh said: “Twelve of the special hubs are in Donegal. They will give people in rural areas access to free broadband while they await a high-speed connection to their own home or business. “They will make a tremendous difference to life in rural Donegal – in homes, schools, businesses and farms and in healthcare and other day to day services. They are a real signal of intent by this Government to support and sustain rural life and to help communities thrive.”The 12 locations in Donegal for the special rural broadband hubs are:* Carnowen Presbyterian Hall, Raphoe* Cranford Coole Community Centre, Cranford* Dunree Military Museum, Fort Dunree, Buncrana* Glenveagh National Park* Leghowney Community Centre* Malin Head* Meenreagh Hostel, Killygordon* Rathlin Knitwear, Glenn Cholm Cille* Ray Athletics Club, Ray, Milford* Amharchlann Ghaoth Dobhair* Comharchumann Oileán Thorai* Westbic, Ballymoon, KilcarMinister McHugh said: “The National Broadband Plan is an investment for the future. In the coming years small and rural schools up and down the county will see a massive difference. It will allow teachers access to materials and information in a way that was not possible before.“And I am using this hugely important decision by Government to call on multinationals, tech companies and other employers in big cities and urban areas to start planning now for bases in the regions. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to bring new industry and enterprise to Donegal over the next five years, to complement the hugely successful homegrown industries and fin-tech services that are employing thousands. And they can do this with the knowledge of first class, fibre optic, futureproofed broadband.Minister McHugh added: “When you break it down into the 300 areas where the Government is stepping in to invest in high speed internet, the reality is that it’s hugely beneficial and a solid investment in communities of the future.“It is a good deal for rural Ireland. It’s a powerful investment for the next generation and generations to come. It’s going to be life changing, just like rural electrification. And it’s going to provide new opportunities for people living and working outside our main towns and villages.“It’s quite simply a game changer for rural Ireland and I am proud to be part of the Government that’s delivering it. “People will see the difference that it’s making when they begin to see the hubs opening and they begin to use the high speed broadband. And that will happen in the coming months.”€128M broadband investment to connect 32,000 Donegal homes and businesses was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalinvestmentroadband
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Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) MLA Dhananjoy Tripura has tied the knot with the girl who had alleged that he raped her on the pretext of marrying her. The wedding is the fallout of hectic negotiations between the families of the MLA and the girl, who hails from Mandwai, at the intervention of some senior IPFT leaders.Police had booked the Mr. Tripura (29) under sections of 417 and 376 of IPC after the tribal girl in her complaint with the police on May 20 last charged him with raping and deceiving her with the promise of marriage.Police made progress in the investigation amid pressure from different social forums for a fair and complete probe.Sources in the IPFT said senior leaders intervened for an amicable solution between the families as police were to arrest the MLA anytime. Mr. Tripura, who had vehemently denied the allegation, finally relented.The marriage was solemnised at a simple ceremony attended by only family members. Both the bride and the groom made a joint submission to the designated court seeking the closure of the case.