Construire la Paix par le Développement Economique et Social (COPI)

 

Country

Senegal

Organization

Construire la Paix par le Développement Economique et Social (COPI)

COPI is a network of 14 villages associations working together to bring about peace in the rural district of Sindian, an area hard hit by the protracted conflict in southern Senegal. COPI was founded in 2005 by a group of young villagers and today it works to ensure the security of the area by rebuilding trust and strengthening the social fabric that was weakened by years of conflict and suspicion in the population. In addition to its peacemaking work, COPI helps young people access opportunities to gain education and build skills, with the goal of preventing them from joining the rebel movement in southern Senegal.

Project

Building Lasting Peace Through Community Organizing

Purpose: To contribute to lasting peace by establishing a space for consultation and dialogue between community members, organizing training in conflict mediation, and providing vocational skills and livelihood opportunities for at-risk youth and women.

Project Grant Amount $20,000
Total Grants Received $35,000
Years Supported 2
Theme Civil and Political Rights
Population Served Men, Youth, Women, Refugees and IDPs