Humanity United takes a context-specific approach, working with partners to design and fund projects that address the specific situation in each focus-country, responding to the unique needs and opportunities provided in a dynamic and rapidly-changing environment. To that end, Humanity United will focus on supporting the following in Liberia: capacity-building for the government, civil society and independent media; rule of law and conflict over land; conflict early warning; and economic development. In Sudan, Humanity United will focus on peacebuilding in high-risk areas (specifically, Abyei and Southern Kordofan), capacity support to help the parties address key issues raised by the upcoming referendum on southern independence, and support for international advocacy efforts to ensure a comprehensive, coherent international approach to the referendum and its aftermath. The common theme tying Humanity United's grants and direct activities together is their ultimate focus on conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
An illustrative example of Humanity United's work in Sudan includes peacebuilding activities to reduce conflict between Misseriya and Dinka tribes in Southern Kordofan and Abyei in advance of and following the January 2011 referendum on independence for South Sudan. These activities focus primarily on mitigating tensions caused by pastoral migration.
An example of Humanity United's work in Liberia includes its support for a wide range of partners--including local civil society groups, INGOs, and the Government--to create an early warning 'ecosystem' in the country. The underlying assumption of an ecosystem approach is that increased communication (of everything from incident data to trend analysis to response plans) amongst these different actors will lead to better analysis on the part of individual actors, dissemination of best-practices and lessons-learned, and potentially more coordinated response.
Humanity United is committing to a total of million in grants relating to peace-building and conflict prevention in Sudan and Liberia over the course of 2011. Each of these grants will have its own monitoring and evaluation plan.
Over the fall of 2010, Humanity United will develop country-specific strategies to guide their grant-making in both Sudan and Liberia.
Once these strategies are finalized, Humanity United will start grant-making in January 2011.
Conflict in either country could destabilize the surrounding regions - not to mention set back the causes of democracy and justice in Africa for decades to come. A return to conflict in Sudan could result in the deadliest war in African history, with untold implications regionally and internationally. Meanwhile, the failure to hold peaceful and participatory elections in Liberia could ignite tensions in volatile West Africa, at a critical moment in the region's peaceful development. Private donors can play an important role in amplifying the efforts of international organizations to prevent both. In many ways, Sudan and Liberia illustrate the modern predicament of peacebuilding and conflict prevention on the African continent. Few expect Sudan to succeed, while nearly everyone expects success in Liberia. Failure in either country would result in the emergence (or re-emergence) of a failed state, and would come with devastating consequences for the citizens on the ground. Success, on the other hand, would serve as critical steps forward, helping consolidate democratic change across the continent. Humanity United has been an active grant-maker in both countries for a number of years and is well-placed to leverage its experience and relationships to identify, plan, and fund high-value, time-sensitive interventions.
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Humantiy United is always open to speaking with implementing partners working in the specific programmatic areas identified above