The Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3) is USAID-funded initiative to strengthen community cohesion in the conflict-affected North and Far North regions of Cameroon. The project uses radio programming and community engagement to improve access to factual information, reinforce community values of peace and tolerance, support moderate voices to mitigate extremist rhetoric, and promote dialogue in vulnerable communities on themes that can lead to conflict. Running from December 2015- to December 2017, the radio programming and partnerships established under this trailblazing project will subsequently be absorbed into Equal Access’ regional Voices for Peace project.
Build the capacity of media outlets in the North and Far North Regions through radio programming production, management training and mentoring, on-site facility rehabilitation, staff capacity building, and equipment support.
Improve access to quality and credible information by teaching local producers how to create radio shows structured around community engagement and dialogue. These weekly shows will focus on peacebuilding themes and will be supported by community-based listening and discussion groups, community reporters, and a dedicated content advisory group.
Support positive dialogue in communities through listening group sessions, interactive feedback platforms feeding into radio production, and community events. Audiences will engage in radio programming through SMS messaging, an interactive voice response system (automated telephone menus), and social media outreach. Community events will be organized by the youth groups, women leaders, and listening groups.
Expand the peacebuilding capacity of youth, women, and community and religious leaders by training them in non-violent practices, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills.
Promote dialogue within communities and increase media engagement by strengthening the ability of local leaders to conduct public fora and town-hall discussions.