Dialogue for Development (D4D) is a Peace-building Programme that aims to foster dialogue and reconciliation.
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Who We Are
Dialogue for Development (D4D) is a Peace-building Programme under the Religious Sisters of Charity that aims to foster dialogue and reconciliation at local and national levels on issues that promote human rights and integral human development.
The vision of D4D is a society where peace and harmony exist and difference is celebrated.
To promote constructive, creative and co-operative approaches to the resolution of human rights violations through dialogue, reconciliation and embracing difference.
The Context of Our Work
Dialogue is often not a cultural feature in today’s African Society and Zambia is no exception. Most social and political interactions are characterised by animosity and domination by those who hold power either politically or socially. Socially, weaker voices, such as those of women, children and the economically marginalised, are suppressed, which makes them more susceptible to the violation of their rights (e.g. domestic violence, human trafficking and child abuse). This suppression can also lead to such groups resorting to violence in the face of the injustices they face. At the political level, there is often a breakdown in communication between, and among, political stakeholders. Anyone holding a different view on a particular issue becomes an adversary and therefore rarely brought to the table for a constructive discussion on how to reconcile opposing views. This compromises the extent to which those out of government can contribute to viable development policies. It further hinders democracy, which entails pluralism, in general and the inclsuion of diverse views, in particular. The suppression of voices and the omission of certain groups or individuals from the development process are violations of human rights and a breeding ground for mistrust, suspicion, conflicts and social unrest.
What We Do
D4D identifies opportunities for dialogue on important issues of public interest (at local and national levels) and undertakes in-depth analysis of those issues. It also engages with relevant stakeholders on the possibility of dialogue and of obtaining buy-ins for the process. The Programme further engages in capacity-building for identified stakeholders on the need for dialogue and the development of their skills for dialogue facilitation and reconciliation. It also offers consultancy to various groups and institutions on dialogue facilitation and reconciliation. This is aimed at fostering tranquil relationships at all levels and ensuring that peaceful approaches to the resoluton of all issues facilitate the optimum relationships for the realization of integral human development and the securing of human rights, especially for marginalized groups, such as women and children. D4D conceives peace-building as working towards equitable relationships among people and values dialogue as a tool to this end.
D4D engages communities using the community development approach, which implies that communities are at the centre of the dialogue process and must identify their own human rights issues, followed by prioritizing them and then agreeing through consensus on the actions to be taken in addressing them. The process is such that those most affected are empowered to generate solutions drawing on their own resources, knowledge of the situations and experiences. Through this interaction, community coalitions and opportunities for joint action are built and skills for advocating with local communities are developed with interests for community-level conversations on identified issues, generated.
As a dialogue initiator, D4D helps communities focus on their areas of common interest for the purposes of reaching consensus. Dialogue is therefore, implemented on a five-step process - (story-telling, formulating needs, concerns, interests, prioritizing the needs, brainstorming solutions, formulating action plans, implementation, then dialogue). This engagement fosters a sense of community and encourages community-led initiatives in addressing issues of common concern and ensures that communities claim their space in the promotion of human rights and development in their own areas. The violation of human rights breaks human connections, hence the need for rebuilding relationships through reconciliation and forgiveness processes.
Where We Work
D4D works at national level and in 7 districts within 5 Provinces of Zambia (Southern, Central, Muchinga, Copperbelt and Lusaka). Issues of focus include: child Protection, Human trafficking, Social Accountability and the Environment (Water and Sanitation).
Click HERE to read D4D's Half Year Report January-June 2014.
Click HERE to read D4D's 2nd Half Year Report July-December 2014.