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This three year EU-funded programme was a partnership between Concern and Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Working in the poor slums of San Martin and Martissant in Port-au-Prince it aimed to contribute to a reduction in violence.
The programme aimed to contribute to a reduction in violence, improved peacebuilding and increased local capacity, as well as codify good practice for transforming protracted social conflict. This was in effect a consolidation of a well-received three year process that had started due to the severe consequences of widespread violence and criminality in San Martin.
The evaluation found that the programme has demonstrated that dialogue when well managed and accompanied by good quality local capacity building can positively impact on Haiti’s protracted social violence and has the potential to become a key strategy in creating a better future for the country.
The evaluation concluded that "this has been an extraordinary and innovative programme with remarkable results. As John Paul Lederach argues 'peacebuilding is perhaps more than anything else the art of strategically weaving a web of relationships across society within settings of protracted violent conflict'. This programme has helped to lay many strands of that web which have positively impacted on the conflict dynamics in San Martin and Martissant."