- CONFLICT TRACKING AND REPORTING PROGRAM (CTRP)
Fragile situations are major obstacles to sustainable development, regional and international security. CTRP aims to increase understanding of the factors which catalogue violence and turn fragility into open, widespread violence and of the systemic blockages and policies which constrain institutions from acting fully and promptly on available analyses.
The program also aims to develop and harness both local and international knowledge and expertise in the field of Conflict Prevention and Peace Building to ensure that all stakeholders can access strong, independent, locally derived analyses in order to facilitate better informed and more evidence-based policy and programming decisions.
CTRP constitutes CPPBI’s response to calls for the creation of an Early Warning System (EWS) that can be utilized for tracking and reporting the symptoms of violent conflicts, with a view to suggesting possible entry points for preventive action by stakeholders.
- PEACE EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM (PEAP)
PEAP is premised on the thinking that violent conflicts occur because of ignorance on the path of those involved; that people resort to the use of force in settling their differences because they lack the requisite knowledge and skills to do so. PEAP educates the stakeholders on general issues of peace and conflict – especially on how they can transform potentially destructive – or negative – conflicts into productive – or positive – peace. It also involves: training on Active Non-Violence strategies, which is meant to provide alternatives to violent agitations, especially in situations where conflicts arise from structural violence, oppression, or injustice. It gives practical guide and training on methods and approaches to be utilized by individuals, groups and organizations in expressing their grievances and achieve their objectives peacefully and non-violently. It is directed at re-directing negative energies towards more constructive actions.
The advocacy plank of PEAP is aimed at bringing issues of peace and conflict to the front burner for public discourse and action. It is designed to influence the decision-making process by influencing the (re) formulation of policies that would serve as bulwarks against the outbreak of violent conflicts.
PEAP is meant to educate people on general issues of peace and conflict, with a view to equipping them with the requisite skills for handling conflict situations whenever they rear their ugly heads. This is based on the conviction that since conflicts originate in the minds of men, it is also in the minds of men that the defense of peace can be constructed.
It is also an aggressive drive that is targeted at rebuilding and protecting all the structures of peace in the society. It is aimed at re-engineering societal structures to function effectively for the common good of all.
- SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAM (SAP)
The SAP is a triple-pronged approach to solving the crime problem. SAP relies on cooperation between security agencies, the media, and the general public, to provide information about crimes and those who commit them.
SAP is a fluid program that sources and gathers intelligence from informants within the local communities and transfers them to security operatives for prompt action to be expedited on them. It works like a neighbourhood crime watch program, which creates avenues for civilians to participate in the task of securing their lives and properties. It is a partnership between the local communities and the security services, with CPPBI acting as facilitator.
SAP is a crime-bursting strategy that is aimed at assisting the security services in the onerous tasks of checking acts of criminality – both at their latent and manifest stages. It is a civil society contribution to boosting security – an attempt to create synergy between security service providers and local communities.
The program also aims to achieve the following goals: To act as a confidence building platform between the security forces and the public, help improve the efficiency of the security services, act as a deterrence mechanism to criminals, contribute towards improving national security, help generate a crime information data bank for future use, and help in developing prosecutorial strategy that will lead to the trial and possible conviction of crime suspects, bridging the information gap between the public and security agencies, and to educate the public on security issues.
- LEADERSHIP EDUCATION PROGRAM (LEP)
LEP is a mentoring program that is specifically targeted at the highly impressionable African youths. It is a “Catch-Them-Young” initiative that aims to help build a non-violent culture of peace, patriotism and nationalism in African youths – the leaders of tomorrow – and to shield them from negative societal values.
LEP is directed at restoring the dwindling fortunes of African countries – Projects that have lost steam over the years due to the deleterious effects of internecine conflicts, coupled with the avoidable leadership deficits of the older generation who have, over the years, failed to consolidate on the labours of the founding fathers’. It is based on the thinking that the future of Africa lies in the hands of her youths, and that the sooner they become aware of their crucial roles in the task of returning their countries’ to the paths of peace, development and growth, the better it will be for the continent and its people.
The program is also aimed at mobilizing African youths from across the world to join in the task of: rebuilding a dilapidated project, restoring Africa back to its pride of place as the cradle of human civilization, restoring a sense of pride in the hearts of African youths about their countries’, and equip African youths with all the right leadership skills they would need to carry on the onerous tasks of running the affairs of their countries’ in future when they succeed the current crop of leaders.
- CAPACITY EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (CEP)
CEP is geared towards empowering the vulnerable members of the society – youths, unemployed, and unskilled, who are mostly used as canon fodders during most violent conflicts – with the requisite skills that will enable them turn their violent impulses into creative abilities. There is a popular maxim that, “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. Another adage posits that, “a hungry man is an angry man, and an angry man is a violent man”. It is a statement of fact that most acts of violence are perpetrated by people who have nothing productive to do, especially in developing sections of the world where the common challenge of corrupt governance with its concomitant negative multiplier effects on the citizenry has created a large pool of jobless, frustrated, dejected, and violent-prone individuals.
- CEP aims to help in building up the productive capacities of individuals who would otherwise be menaces to the society. It is an empowerment program that is meant to teach productive vocations to vulnerable members of the society.