Lessons learned from the Peace Centers for Climate and Social Resilience: An assessment in Borana Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia

Lessons learned from the Peace Centers for Climate and Social Resilience: An assessment in Borana Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia

Funded by USAID and implemented by the College of Law of Haramaya University, the Peace Centers for Climate and Social Resilience (PCCSR) project seeks to address community vulnerabilities to climate change and improve communities’ capacity for conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution. Its aim is to mitigate underlying climate and non-climate drivers that squeeze natural resources and foster conflict.

This report shares lessons learned from the PCCSR project in three districts of Oromia State, Ethiopia, which focuses on this intersection of climate and conflict. Among the key findings are focus group results that suggest conflict in the project areas declined from 2015–2017 and that local peace committees are becoming more effective in helping manage conflict. The preliminary results also suggest that declines in conflict may create conditions that encourage pastoralists to more readily deploy strategies to cope with climate shocks.

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