Workshop on Formation and orientation of a Local Volunteer Mediators Forum/Network

Oct 26, 2017

In association with the Mahalchari Upazila Parishad and district administration of Khagrachari, Strengthening Inclusive Development in CHT (SID-CHT) project of UNDP Bangladesh, organized a daylong workshop on 26 October at Mahalchari Upazila Parishad auditorium, in order to build a local volunteer mediators forum or network.

This forum will create a positive environment and facilitate practical processes that enable people and institutions of the CHT to work together in resolving common issues and also to increase civic participation and engagement in the public sphere. This includes, building communal harmony through informal dispute resolution, access to justice, collective economic and social programming.

Ms. Kakoli Khisa, Vice Chairperson of Mahalchari Upazila Parishad chaired the workshop while the Upazila Chairman Mr. Bimal Kanti Chakma of the same Upazila Parishad was the chief guest.

During the workshop, a 23-member committee of Local Volunteer Mediators/Facilitators was formed, led by a Female Vice Chairman with one third women representation.  The committee also includes an advisory committee containing Upazila Chairman, Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Officer in Charge (OC) of Mahalchari Thana and an elderly Headman of the same upazila.

These local volunteer facilitators/mediators from the elected local government representatives and traditional leaders will be trained to work at grassroots level to diffuse local level tensions and resolve disputes. . The committee members were oriented on their roles, responsibilities and upcoming events to promote community cohesion in their respective upazila.

The initiative of UNDP was highly appreciated by the elected local government representatives, administration, law enforcement agencies and traditional leaders, they hoped that the law and order situation of Mahalchari upazila will be improved as a result of this initiative.

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