SCEFI Emblematic Stories on Building Peaceful and Tolerant Communities
Rapid urbanization, a growing modern economy and demographic shifts are eroding entrenched ethnic divisions in Fiji today, and inter-ethnic tensions and conflicts over land-use and access to natural resources arise periodically. Promoting dialogue among different sections of the population has become critical for the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Dialogue Fiji Nadroga-Navosa (DFNN) is an organisation formed by social workers in the province of Nadroga-Navosa. In 2014, DFNN organised a training programme to develop much needed capacity and skill building among social workers and community leaders in facilitating dialogue processes. The initiative, made possible with funds from UNDP’s Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative (SCEFI), was implemented through a series of workshops. It imparted training to 75 participants from across the province, setting a new way forward for building tolerant and peaceful communities in Nadroga-Navosa.