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ICCO & Kerk in Actie has organised a meeting on conflict transformation the 8th of april. Maria Lucia Zapata was our guest speaker. She presented the theoretical background en her practical experience ...

ICCO & Kerk in Actie has organised a meeting on conflict transformation the 8th of april. Maria Lucia Zapata was our guest speaker. She presented the theoretical background en her practical experience on conflict transformation.

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  • A Journey Towards Conflict Transformation
    Maria Lucia Zapata-CanceladoApril 08/2010
  • AGENDA
    Elements of conflict transformation
    Conflict resolution and conflict transformation
    Some questions…
    Does C-T really works?
    What is the impact of C-T?
    What challenges do C-T practitioners face?
  • Resolution - Transformation
  • Conflict transformation does not deny the importance of CR, but it highlight its gaps and try to find an answer to them.
    As peacebuilders conflict transformation also demands us to:
    Be strategic and to work with different and dissimilar actors;
    To think both in the short term,
    To embrace change as our personal mantra.
  • Examples of conflict transformation
    The Philippines
    Island of Mindanao
    (Catholic Relief Services)
    Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute
    Grassroots peacebuilding learning
    Inter-religious dialogue
    Colombia
    Citizen’s Commission for Reconciliation of the Caribbean Region (Churches, NGOs, Universities)
    Building peace through community transformation Alliance between Catholic and Evangelical churches
  • THE PHILIPPINESContext of the Conflict
    The Philippines
    Main Isands: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao
    Mindanao:
    2nd largest island.
    16 million people: Lumad, Muslims and Christians
    Natural resources: oil and gas, fertile lands for agriculture production
    Underdeveloped. Lowest literacy rate and life expectancy
    The conflict
    Spanish conquest 16TH century: Domination of Lumads and Muslims
    American domination
    Tactics
    Conversion, military aggression, manipulation legal and court systems, and acculturation through educational system.
    Dispossession of customary lands in favor of plantation companies and Christian settlers from Luzon and Visayas.
    Goal: To have complete access to land, natural resources and the labor force.
    Mindanao
  • …..In summary
    In summary, the conflict in Mindanao is primarily about, but not limited to, land and resources. Nevertheless, one cannot deny that religion and culture have shaped the dynamics and manifestations of an ongoing struggle over power, identity and self-determination.
    Religion and culture is a source of conflict and also a source for peace
  • The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute
    MPI is a three week intensive training in grassroots peacebuilding
    Education – praxis – reflection
    Cutting edge theories and practices in peacebuilding
    An opportunity for networking with colleagues from different parts of the Philippines and the world.
  • MPI serves as an epicenter that channels, enhances and nurtures peacebuilding activities in Mindanao, fostering change at different levels of society
    General Ferrer
    ACEID
    Jenita Eko
  • MPI
  • MPI IS NOT ONLY A TRAINING PROGRAM
    MPI Contributions
    It is a setting for supporting the peace process in an informal and safe place.
    Lumads, Muslim and Christians share side of the story
    Heal past wounds
    Lumads and Muslims are empowered to share their peacebuilding experiences and learn from others
    Youth is introduced to the field of peacebuilding
    Seedbed for new grassroots trainers who will replicate concepts and tools in their own language and contexts.
    Potential to document traditional experiences in conflict transformation
    MPI has been instrumental in empowering communities to take an active role in the peace process: October 2006 crisis
  • Main characteristics
    It is a journey inside the conflict (actors, structure, culture)
    Appeals to human creativity
    The objective is to transcend the conflict
    Dialogue is the main approach to peace
    CT empowers people
    Reconciliation is implicit within transformation
  • Thank you ….
  • Conflict Transformation
    “Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human relationships.”