Reconciliation through traditional Jirga

Project Title: Reconciliation through traditional Jirga in sectarian-hit Frontier of Pakistan
Project duration: One year (15 August 2018 – 31 July 2019)
Donor: Robert Bosch Foundation, Germany

The project aims to support and empower traditional peacemakers, including religious leaders, from conflicting religious sects (Shiite and Sunni) to (re)-establish non-violent forms of conflict resolution at the community level in Kurram district in north-western Pakistan.

Kurram is one of the semi-autonomous regions of Pakistan’s former Federally Administered Tribal Area or former FATA, which has emerged as a key sectarian conflict zone. The region is faced with instability, poverty, poor governance, social injustices, exclusion and socio-economic underdevelopment.

The project aims to open up opportunities for interaction and dialogue between traditional and religious leaders from conflicting religious sects in Kurram district. This will be done by introducing modern knowledge and techniques to the indigenous jirga, to institutionalise sustained capacity to mediate between conflicting parties. Moreover, the project intends to engage stakeholders at provincial and national levels on the issue of sectarian conflict. As a result, the issue will also be highlighted in the national media. In the long-term, the project will contribute to bringing about peace in Parachinar town of Kurram district.

The 12 month project will include capacity building activities for local leaders, supporting local level dialogue between Shiite and Sunni leaders, and provincial and national advocacy for engaging key stakeholders including policy makers, military and media etc.

The project is an opportunity for CAMP to build on its previous work including the ‘Rule of Law Programming in Pakistan’ (2010-2015) and the ‘Promoting Participatory Approaches to Peacebuilding’ project (2012-2015).