ESTABLISHMENT OF EWER STAKEHOLDERS FORUM AND TRAINING OF COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERS IN ZAMFARA STATE
The EWER Stakeholders Forum was launched in Zamfara state on Friday, 18th – Saturday 19th March 2022. Participants were drawn from key government, non-governmental, community-based groups, traditional, community and religious leaders, men of the Press, members of the State Peace Commission and State-owned security agencies and community-run security groups.
One of the highlights of the event was the training of members of the EWER Stakeholders Forum and Community Safety Partners using their Terms of Reference as a guide. The training covered modules on project design, criteria for selection of members of both the Stakeholders Forum and Community Safety Partners, usage of the CLEEN Mobile App for incidental reporting, amongst others.
Following the establishment of EWER members and deployment of Community Safety Partners in the focal communities, CLEEN Foundation organized capacity building sessions for both the EWER Stakeholders Forum members and CSPs on how to verify escalated security alerts in each target community using CLEEN mobile App and risk mitigation plan developed on the project.
The findings of the stakeholders mapping conducted by CLEEN in the state was also presented.
In conclusion, the following were the key outcomes of the two-day event:
- Improved stakeholders understanding on the project.
- Got the buy-in of stakeholders.
- The establishment of EWER stakeholders Forum and Community Safety Partners (CSPs) in four focal communities in Zamfara State.
- Stakeholders demonstrated working understanding of their duties and roles on the project and the use of CLEEN Mobile App for Incidents reporting.
- The project team was able to achieve gender balance in the constitution of the CSPs to expand the participation of women in security discourse.
- Establishment of communication platform (Whatsapp) for EWER members in focal communities; and
- Willingness to collaborate among community members on emerging security matters.