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Agriculture Education Emergencies Health HIV and AIDS Microfinance Peacebuilding Water and Sanitation

Cross-Cutting Areas

Capacity Strengthening Climate Change ICT4D IHD Monitoring and Evaluation Youth


Transforming the structure of relationships

CRS supports interreligious dialogue and collaboration in a number of countries Uganda, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, and Ethiopia, El Salvador, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. In northeastern India the Joint Peace Mission Team, an ecumenical peacebuilding body that grew out of the regional violence in 1996, has been actively working with Church and community leaders and governmental authorities to organize and facilitate dialogue in a number of conflicts over the years and remains active today. The JPMT has contributed to improved security, negotiated agreements, improved relationships between civil society and civil servants, and institutionalized peacebuilding in the participating churches.

In East Timor during the early transition period (2001–2002), CRS worked to expand the network of peace partners and to enhance their conflict resolution capacities in order to bridge gaps and reach out to groups that could play important roles in facilitating reconciliation. CRS helped 12 local groups covering 11 districts to conceptualize, design, and implement their own peacebuilding initiatives during this program.

Restorative justice and alternative dispute resolution

In Nigeria, through its partners, CRS provides alternative dispute resolution in cases involving land claims, wrongful imprisonment, and destructive practices in industrial natural resource extraction. By promoting a blend of traditional and modern methods of conflict resolution, CRS Nigeria has helped 3,000 individuals to peacefully settle disputes in their community, be released from wrongful imprisonment, have court cases heard, or obtain free legal assistance.

In El Salvador the Restorative Justice with Salvadoran Youth project promotes justice among youth, police, communities, and municipal institutions through a focus on the needs of the victim, accountability and rehabilitation of the offenders, and reconciliation with the community. A training component provides participants skills in conflict transformation. A community action component strengthens youth groups belonging to the same municipality and helps them identify problems and implement local initiatives based on the principles of restorative justice and peacebuilding. An institutional engagement component focuses on youth meeting with key institutional actors, such as the juvenile defense offices, police, justices of the peace and municipal authorities, to present their experience in implementing local initiatives and to propose alternative policies and practices to respond to violence and conflict. An alliance building component fosters a youth network for peace.