The Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS)
Northern Bahr el Ghazal Internal Province (NBGIP)
Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission (JPRC)

Action Plan for Peace


Community Consultation

  • Community consultation is one of the ways that JPRC engages the community.
  • It is part of the two way relationship where JPRC and the community exchange information and feedback on issues.
  • JPRC uses active processes to involve the community and seek their views on a project, policy, issue, proposal or plan.

 

Why does JPRC undertake community consultation?

The community has insights, skills, knowledge and experience which are valued by JPRC. This community resource can be used to improve JPRC’s strategy and activities. Effective community consultation enhances democratic processes, peace building and conflict transformation, good decision making and good management.

 

What are JPRC’s principles for consultation?

The principles of community consultation practice are based on the values of integrity, accountability, respect and excellence. These values are demonstrated when consultation practice:

  • Develops out a strong respect for the community that JPRC serves.
  • Makes community the focus.
  • Acknowledges the community’s right to be advocated for what they want or need.
  • Includes an awareness and understanding of how JPRC actions impact on the community.
  • Involves honest and straightforward dealing with the community.
  • Provides accurate and timely information to the community.
  • Includes a clear explanation of the decisions and actions of JPRC at all stages of the consultation process.
  • Incorporates actively listening and acknowledgment of other points of view.
  • Respects individual and cultural differences at all times.

 

How will the community consultation principles be implemented?

JPRC’s Community Consultation Principles will be implemented through the Consultation Planning Guide, using consultation plans and strategies.

 

What are JPRC’s objectives for consultation practice?

In consulting the community, JPRC acts to:

  • Make sustainable and improved decisions.
  • Build positive relationships between JPRC and all sections of the community.
  • Provide the community with the information needed to participate in a meaningful way, ensuring that all communications meet corporate communications standards.
  • Explain clearly why community consultation is taking place and the decisions to be made.
  • Inform the community of any limits to influence they will have on the decision, including information on any matters that are non-negotiable.
  •  Build on any previous relevant community consultations.
  •  Create community consultation processes so that the community can participate easily.
  •  Make best use of community expertise and diversity.
  • Seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected by a decision.
  • Create consultation processes that take into account any barriers to participation experienced by particular groups, with special attention given to the needs of children, young people, women, older people, and people with a disability.  
  • Help facilitate mutual understanding between groups and individual with differing perspectives and interests.
  •  Develop processes to collect information on the broad spectrum of community views on an issue.
  •  Give feedback on how the community consultation informed JPRC’s decisions.
  •  Explain the processes and outcomes of community consultations to JPRC’s representatives.

 

JPRC’s September-December 2017 Actions Plan

  • Carry out consultations with Kuac, Wau and Abiem Mayar communities on the their involvement in the conflict between Apuk and Aguok communities.
  • Organize training of youth and women leaders from the five Dioceses of Northern Bahr El Ghazal Internal Province on Justice Peace and reconciliation.
  • Carry out consultation in the Dioceses of Wau, Aweil, Abyei, Gogrial and Tonj.
  • Raise funds to be able to carry out the above mentioned activities.