The SCP / EED has the specificity of “Promoting a culture of peace with local partners”. It realizes it through the sending of the personnel (called professional force) according to the requests of the partner organizations. Unlike the other partners of the SCP who welcome the professional force and work with it in parallel without any control and evaluation capacity, EED takes responsibility for those who are sent in support of local work.
Due to the complexity of the mission of the SCP/EED – GREAT LAKES (highly sensitive subject, several actors with different interests, different intervention zones, etc.) EED has set up an accompanying core with the following tasks:
- Contribute to the preparation of the professional and the organization (training and coaching),
- Accompany the professional and the organization to build and execute the SCP,
- Facilitate networking between organizations with professionals,
- Contribute to networking with other German SCP players in the Great Lakes region,
- Capitalize lessons (materials and teaching materials) and contribute to the development of the SCP concept Contribute to contacts with German and Congolese authorities.
Role of actors
The role of civil society organizations (CSOs) is to prepare for the arrival of the professional, to lay the foundations for a useful collaboration, to give direction to the local, provincial and national politics, to raise awareness local organizations, networking with other CSOs, mobilizing revenue for development, organizing dialogue spaces (round tables, fairs, etc.), analyzing the context regularly, and being a counter-power. As for professionals, their contribution is to lobby, assist in lobbying contacts, provide experience in economic conflicts, make documentation, help the local structure to improve the quality of work and make the link activities with the construction of peace.
EED, for its part, ensures that it leaves the responsibility to the local organization and offers opportunities for networking (capacity). EED must also listen attentively to Great Lakes countries, facilitate the exchange of experience with the outside world, and help build capacity.
The staff of the organization, for its part, takes account of the real needs of the population and must remain ready and willing to integrate the professional. The managers of the partner organizations ensure that they work in a network, update goals, expectations and tasks in a participatory way, define the strengths and limitations of organizations, identify existing local human resources and information coordination.
Beyond the specific tasks assigned to each actors, they must all work together to ensure a climate of confidence, take risks together, ensure the Do No Harm, analyze the work together, negotiate and renegotiate the details of the contract, enhance the human resources of the group and reinforce what exists.