Peacebuilding Intervention Implementation
A core element of the WPLP learning experience is the implementation of the peacebuilding intervention plan. During the first half of the program, participants identify a conflict from their community or organization in which they are interested in intervening. Participants apply the knowledge and skills learned in their courses to analyze the conflict situation and design a peacebuilding intervention plan to create positive change in the conflict context.
During the final ten months of the program, participants carry out the intervention plan that they designed in the classroom. This allows participants to connect theory to practice, implement their newly learned skills, and to contextualize and find real-world application for course content. This project also enhances participants’ leadership skills as they work with their community to bring about positive change in the conflict situation. It also increases participants’ confidence to continue taking on leadership roles within their communities and organizations.
Examples of some interventions that have been implemented by students include:
- Integrating restorative justice practices into the juvenile justice system in Papua New Guinea, transforming the way that youth cases are processed
- Leading cross-border peace talks and establishing a cross-border peace committee in western Kenya
- Writing land bills and conducting trainings on land laws and the national constitution in Wajir, Kenya
- Mobilizing women and girls to advocate for improved infrastructure in Rock Hill community, Liberia
- Mediating community-youth conflicts in the Solomon Islands
- Involving the local community in electoral legal framework review in Somaliland
- Facilitating reconciliation processes in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya