19 Mar 2008

Australia funds community mediation pilot in seven Pacific countries

4:45 pm on 19 March 2008

An ambitious new project based on community mediation will be piloted in seven Pacific countries thanks to 65,000 US dollars in funding from the Australian Government.

The funding is for one of a number of projects being supported through the AusAid human rights grants scheme.

It will work in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to develop a module of community-based mediation.

A Governance Programme Officer for the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International, Leaine Robinson, says the project was initially a dream, but it is not impossible.

"The development of this module is in response to requests from our community workers. So this module will allow our partners to help facilitate a conflict transformation process in the community that they work in."

Leaine Robinson says the project will last a year, and will begin with training in the seven countries.