Consultancy to develop a Social Cohesion Project Strategy and Document

Country: Malawi
Language: EN
Number: 359905
Publication date: 28-02-2017
Source: United Nations Procurement Notices (UNDP)

Description

Consultancy to develop a Social Cohesion Project Strategy and Document
Procurement Process : Other
Office : Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI
Deadline : 14-Mar-17
Posted on : 27-Feb-17
Development Area : CONSULTANTS
Reference Number : 35948
Link to Atlas Project :
Non-UNDP Project
Documents :
Procurement Notice
P11 Template
Terms of Reference
Overview :

Malawi has a reputation for being a peaceful and stable country but the events of 20/21 July 2011 that led to 20 deaths were a wake-up that Malawi cannot take its peace for granted.

Over the years, the country has benefitted from the use of traditional conflict management mechanisms and practices in resolving local and national conflicts. Government, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders have provided various forms of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. These institutions include the Judiciary, District Labour Offices, the Office of the Ombudsman, Malawi Human Rights Commission, Public Affairs Committee, National Forum for Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts, etc. While some of these institutions have played a critical role in managing national conflicts, their efforts have been impeded by two main challenges, namely; lack of enabling legislation and absence of a national peace architecture that promotes pro-active rather than reactive conflict management in the country. As a result, their efforts were mostly being ad-hoc and unsustainable.

The country’s commitment to continued use of non-violent means of resolving conflicts is specifically provided for in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi under section 13(l) which states; “adoption of mechanisms by which differences are settled through negotiation, good offices, mediation, conciliation and arbitration”. In furtherance of this commitment, and following the 2011 violence, the Government of Malawi invited the United Nations to provide support in building national capacities for peace and dialogue.

Ongoing support to the government to develop a National Peace Architecture (NPA) has seen the establishment of three pilot District Peace Committees (DPCs) and a final draft national peace policy awaiting cabinet approval. National Peace Architecture is understood as a dynamic network of independent structures, mechanisms, resources, values and skills which, through dialogue and consultation contribute to conflict prevention and peacebuilding in a society. A full-fledged NPA mechanism is expected to be in place by end of 2018.

The UN is also supporting the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), an interfaith organization, as ‘insider mediators’, playing the roles of intermediaries between national leaders, and as advocates for peace and good governance.