Background

The Durable Peace Programme aims to facilitate durable peace and equitable development in Kachin and northern Shan through an integrated approach that recognises the diverse needs of conflict-affected communities, especially IDPs, and seeks to support these communities as change agents, particularly women and youth. Activities include supporting participation in peace and development processes, promoting reconciliation and supporting the immediate needs of communities through long-term solutions. Concurrently, the Programme seeks to increase authorities’ understanding of and responsiveness to community needs, ensuring that immediate humanitarian needs of IDPs are met and that international standards for safe, voluntary and dignified return and resettlement are upheld. Underpinning this approach, the Programme supports a vibrant, gender-just civil society to play a crucial role in realising peace and equitable development.

The DPP is being funded by the European Union, with the combined two phases receiving a total of 19 million Euro (approx. 31,000,000,000 Kyat) and implemented over 7 years by a consortium of seven national and international organisations: the Kachin Baptist Convention, Karuna Mission Social Solidarity, Metta Development Foundation, Nyein (Shalom) Foundation, Oxfam, SwissAid and Trócaire. A further 25 national partners, mainly Community Based Organisations are involved in implementation of the Programme.

Kachin and northern Shan states are situations of complex and protracted crises. The threats and vulnerabilities faced by both IDPs and conflict-affected communities are multifaceted and interconnected. Local actors are best placed to respond to their needs and vulnerabilities and to promote peace, development and gender equity. They have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the context and the needs, access to IDPs and conflict-affected communities as well as to decision makers, and the trust of local actors.

In order to reflect the complex ground reality, the Durable Peace Programme has been working across the development-humanitarian-peacebuilding nexus. In this way, DPP will respond with joined up interventions to the multiple simultaneous needs of IDPs and conflict-affected communities in Kachin and northern Shan, complement separate humanitarian funding streams, and make specific contributions to addressing the conflict dynamics that are the primary cause of humanitarian suffering and inhibit broader social and economic development.