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Chad: Committees Key To Community Participation

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Chad: Committees Key To Community Participation

The CCCM / Shelter Cluster in Chad has been aiming at strengthening the capacities of different actors involved in the humanitarian response to Chadians returning from Central African Republic, clarifying roles and responsibilities through the organization of training in camp coordination and camp management (CCCM).

80 actors participated in this training including Eric Alain Nguetobaye (SECADEV), coordinating the management of two returnee sites in Logone Oriental. For him, the module on coordination was the most useful because it reminded him that the role of site committees is to facilitate the work of the camp manager, based on a needs analysis and performance monitoring. Today, "all committees are empowered and thus establish a participation structure and on-site mobilization techniques." For example, a mixed committee of elders was able to resolve a conflict between the students of the host population and returnees at the school in Kobiteye. Similarly, the training module notes that the creation of committees contributes to changing existing social spheres: youths meeting to exchange experiences, women being involved in mediating internal conflicts and paying visits to the surrounding villages.

Ahmat, Representative of the returnees in Kobiteye, says the distribution committee "plays an important role facilitating and harmonizing all distributions on the site because the committee attends all meetings related to food security and has repeatedly presented complaints from returnees, after which solutions are being suggested”.

According to Aymond Garemgoto, Shelter Assistant for ADES , this CCCM training has strengthened the collaboration between partners on "sharing ideas and technical guidance for the implementation of the recommendations."

 

Text and photo: CCCM/Shelter Cluster Chad