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Civil Groups in Pacific Region Receive UN Grants for Peace Building Efforts
Source: globaltimes.cn
Source Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Created: Nov 07, 2011

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pacific Centre announced here Tuesday that 10 civil society groups from Fiji, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, will receive small grants between 2500 and 10,000 U.S. dollars in 2011 to continue peace building efforts in the Pacific region.

UNDP Pacific Centre's Conflict Prevention and Peace Building expert, Tracy Vienings said Tuesday that in its second year, the small grant initiative is one of the capacity building approaches of the CPAD project, which seeks to support strategic and catalytic peace-building projects that address the key conflict drivers, strengthen the region's peace and security architecture and foster partnerships between government and civil society groups.

Its another objective is to create a broader understanding of the linkages between peace and development, and how to address the underlying causes of conflict, not only mediating them as they occur, Vienings added.

According to the UN official, the first round of small grants in 2010 were also given out to 10 civil society groups from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

CPAD is a regional program of the UNDP Pacific Centre that aims to build and strengthen the capacities of governments, civil societies and regional organizations in the Pacific for conflict preventions and peace-building.
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