IPCA’s Peacebuilding and Conflict Mitigation Unit promotes community-based solutions and local ownership of peace processes through community-based, contextual peacebuilding and conflict mitigation interventions in Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria and the Western Bahr El Ghazal states. IPCA also advocates for the adoption of a national framework for peacebuilding in South Sudan. The IPCA peacebuilding approach uses broad-based peace and reconciliation processes that embrace both top-down and bottom-up approaches to engagement both with national-level actors and communities at the grassroots level through dialogue, using traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution to inform peacebuilding and community development programs. Key peacebuilding and conflict mitigation program activities include capacity building for local peace actors, capacity support for community peace structures, community peace dialogues, peace festivals, conflict analyses, conflict mapping, formation and activation of school peace clubs, media engagement, sports for peace, and theater performances.
IPCA’s Peacebuilding & Conflict Mitigation Unit has built strategic partnerships with the South Sudan Peace & Reconciliation Commission, the South Sudan Council of Churches, the South Sudan Islamic Council, the Ministry of General Education & Instruction, UNESCO, the Canadian Embassy, UNDP and UNWOMEN to maximize community based, gender sensitive peacebuilding strategies across IPCA’s operations.