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Location/Client: Solomon Islands/AusAID
Time frame: August 2000
Under this initiative, Educo provided technical assistance to the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) in its role as a key stakeholder and facilitator in the country's peace negotiations. The Association has long been an active proponent of peace and sought to take a leading role in encouraging a wide cross-section of society to agree to a common framework for peace at a national conference. The National Peace Conference provided a neutral venue for a representative gathering of Solomon Islands civil society to agree on a framework for a sustainable Peace Process.
Educo provided the services of a leading expert on alternative dispute resolution to inform SICA's strategy for the Conference, which consisted of some 150 participants from all parts of the country, and included churches, women and youth groups, traditional leaders, provincial authorities, and the private sector.
A wide range of issues was identified in plenary and small group sessions, including: law and order; compensation; land; migration; the peace process; systems of government; dealing with conflict; amnesty; disarmament; rehabilitation; and education. The conference produced a final Communiqué consisting of a list of general resolutions relating to each of these topics. It contained the views of a significant section of the national society - principally non-combatants - that had hitherto lacked an effective forum to voice its opinions.