What is the name of your Initiative ?
Knowledge Sharing on Peace Building

What is the name and email address of the initiative leader? Please add a picture if you wish.
Sama Shrestha, Peace Building Technical Coordinator; CARE Nepal; e-mail: sama@carenepal.org
Madhav P. Dhakal, Program Officer; CARE Nepal; madhav@carenepal.org

What is the learning objective (what you or your group planned to learn from your initiative ?
1. To encourage the CARE Nepal UJYALO[1] team and its partners to document the learnings and good practices of communities in building peace in the form of case stories.
2. To establish linkages and to share peace building knowledge to CARE Nepal program and other CARE country offices who are working in the same issues.

[1] UJYALO means light in Nepali term. This is a one of the largest peace building program in Nepal.

Who was involved in the initiative (who facilitiated, who participated) ?
Madhav P. Dhakal (key facilitator), Umesh Shrestha

What were the three or four main activities of your initiative ?
The four main activities of this knowledge sharing initiatives are:
1. Story sharing contest and award to the best stories which made a real impact
2. Organize presentations
3. Establishment of website which incorporates learning's, stories, manuals, tools
4. Strengthening peace promotion center as a learning platform
Knowledge Sharing involves creating, sharing and using knowledge. The following questions pertain to these steps. Your initiative may not have covered all three steps. Please answer the questions applicable to your initiative.

What knowledge did you create in your initiative, if any ?
  • Practical peace building approaches
  • Integrating peacebuilding in development programs
  • Non-confrontational advocacy
  • Key tools for conflict sensitivity
  • Women working for building peace and harmony

What methods did you use to create this knowledge ?
  • Face to face Interactions/interview with women in peace promotion centers
  • Extended Program Meeting with local partner organization and local resource person
  • Trainings/Workshop
  • Story contest
  • Documentation

Who did you share this knowledge with ?
  • CARE Nepal UJYALO Team (8 staff in team)
  • CARE Nepal Central level staff
  • 9 local partner organizations
  • Local Resource Person
  • Women from 58 peace promotion Centers

What methods did you use to share this knowledge ?

  • Training
  • Peer assist
  • Presentation
  • Knowledge fairs- workshop on women and peace
  • Publication/Website (www.carenepal.org) click knowledge sharing

Who used the knowledge you created or shared ?
  • Local resource persons
  • UJYALO 9 local partner organization
  • Women in peace promotion centre through local resource person
  • CARE Nepal staff of other program
  • UJYALO collaborating partners- UJYALO staff of save the children, US; Winrock International, International Development Enterprise, The Asia Foundation
  • Website reader of CARE Nepal knowledge sharing links

How did they use this knowledge ?
  • Organizing campaints and peace initiatives
  • Through story contest (Story telling)
  • Through web site (Online)
  • Reading publication related to learning and best practices (Knowledge fare)
  • Participating in training, workshop and seminars (Knowledge fare)
  • Participating in presentation through flex (Knowledge fare)
  • Face to face interview/interaction (F-2-F)
What lessons about knowledge sharing did you learn from your initiative ?
  • Community peace is the situation of social inclusion and social justice in the community where people live without violent conflict. People live securely and freely and with human rights. Social cooperation, collaboration and friendship help to create quality between all people. There is gender and caste equality, protection against violence, social inclusion and social justice in society. There is progress, development, trust and cooperation in the community. Peacebuilding involves creating conditions in the society which will support a long term peace.
  • Public auditing/social audit practices maintain high level of transparency in project activities promoting good governance at community level. It also enhances the sense of ownership among the community people over the activities and increased their participation in community activities. On top of that, conflicts regarding the issue of misuse of budget reduce significantly and mutual trust among community people can be enhanced.
  • Harmony within groups which are practicing peace building skills, and their ability to help facilitate broader conflict management and reconciliation within will strengthen peace building within communities.
  • Facilitating local resource persons at local level is a good approach to transfer skills in promoting peace and harmony to the wider community.
  • Building skills of women as peace promoter is very effective to maintain peace in the communtiy
· Case stories documentation and its dissemination is helpful and should become the part of knowledge building program
What future activities are you planning based on these lessons ?
  • Continue the interaction with many program to integrate peace building learning
  • Inputs to the unfold CARE Nepal’s strategic direction no: 3 “To mainstream conflict sensitivity into all CARE Nepal`s programming in order to minimize its negative impact, and position ourselves to engage in peace building.”
  • Continue encouraging CARE Nepal Staff and partners to integrate knowledge sharing in their programs
  • Replicate the concept of Peace Promotion Center in CARE Nepal’s other program
  • Sharing the learning’s of program widely through sending publication
  • Work as a facilitator for CARE Nepal’s other programs and also outside to transfer the knowledge on this