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CEWARN’s national Conflict Early Warning and Response Unit (CEWERU) in Somalia and the national research institute, SOYDEN, facilitated the formation of a District Peace Committee (DPC) in Kismayo.

The Governor of Lower Jubba Administration, Mr. Abdirashid Ali Gooni who presided over the formation of the 19-Member DPC on 3 February 2015 welcomed the free and fair election of the committee members. He also stated that the DPC will contribute to the ongoing reconciliation process in the district that is facilitated by the Jubba land administration.

In addition, the governor acknowledged SOYDEN’s key contribution to the formation of the DPC. The election of members of the DPC was preceded by a three-day training workshop from 1-3 February 2015 for 110 participants representing different sectors of the community. A prior assessment work was also done in collaboration with SOYDEN including the identification of different community groups, local peace actors and local peace structures.