conflictBUTUAN CITY – To mainstream the conflict-sensitivity framework in community-driven development (CDD) projects of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), its development partner, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) spearheaded a Conflict Sensitive – Proposal Writing Workshop last December 17-19 at Amontay Beach Resort, Butuan City.

The workshop was attended by representatives from five (5) municipal local government units (MLGUs) of La Paz, Esperanza, Tagbina, San Miguel, and Veruela implementing the department’s Kalahi-CIDSS for Peace and Social Cohesion or commonly called Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA).

“The workshop is designed to prepare project beneficiaries in enhancing the content and structure of funding proposals and give them a better understanding of the requirements of national and international donor agencies,” resource speaker Mark Boot, a resource mobilization adviser for Kapamagogopa Inc., explained.

Mainstreaming the conflict-sensitivity framework to development projects shall aim to minimize the negative impacts the project will have when it is introduced in a community.

This is one of the major prerequisites that funding donors will be looking into along with the project’s history, shared donor goals, credibility of the organization, project uniqueness, and financial sustainability and management.

“We were skeptic at first as this would require the MLGUs to be detailed in the crafting of their proposals which would entail more time on top of their responsibilities back in the area. But we were happy and fulfilled that they embraced the process enthusiastically,” Hans Ulrich Krause, Civil Peace Expert for GIZ, enthused. ### (Social Marketing Unit)