Back Ground

Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP) is a Liberian Peacebuilding NGO involved in research and participatory action activities aimed at strengthening the capacities of state and non-state actors to prevent, manage and transform conflict through collaborative action. P4DP has worked in the fifteen political sub-divisions of Liberia. Established out of United Nations and Interpeace collaboration in 2006, P4DP became an autonomous Liberian non-governmental organization, since 2012. 

As an organization committed to making Liberia becomes a society based on Good Governance and broader civic participation, P4DP applies Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology in all its works. Through this approach, P4DP endeavors to see a Liberian society that is characterized by equalitysocial cohesion and respect for all.

The organization has successfully implemented various projects in Liberia, including a pilot community mobilization reconciliation project in Nimba County with the support of the UN Peacebuilding Fund The 2009 report of the Secretary-General on the UN Peacebuilding Fund stated: ‘A pilot community reconciliation project in Liberia’s volatile Nimba County succeeded in developing a model for conflict resolution, including mechanisms for settling property disputes…’ Prior to the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, P4DP launched a study to explore Resilience to conflict as part of Interpeace managed SIDA funded three country project titled Frameworks for Assessing Resilience (FAR)

VISION

The vision of P4DP is to see Liberia as a society that is characterized by equality, social cohesion and respect for all.

MISSION

The mission of P4DP is to make Liberia become a society that is based on good governance and civic participation, through strengthening the capacities of the State and non-State actors in order to prevent, manage and transform conflict through collaborative action.

METHODOLOGY

P4DP applies Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology in all its works. Through this approach, P4DP endeavors to see a Liberian society that is characterized by equality, social cohesion and respect for all.

VALUES & PRINCIPLES

  • Dialogue and Respect are critical for building trust and lasting peace
  • Sustainable Peace- requires an inclusive process that involves women, youth and excluded groups in a meaningful and constructive way
  • Create Level Playing Field- that reflects social, Political and Economic Diversity for all actors
  • Build trust and legitimacy- by remaining objective and sensitive
  • Develop user friendly ways of communication
  • Build and strengthen social networks-Across social and political divides by bringing State and non-State actors together.
  • Peace- Should be locally owned, driven and managed.

THEORY OF CHANGE (TOC)

P4DP’s  TOC is rooted in PAR and posits that the ideas and solutions to the challenges faced by post-conflict societies, Liberia being no exception, need to be developed and owned by the societies themselves in order to bring effective remedy. The methodology facilitates the development of inclusive solutions by the societies and creates a culture of dialogue that helps to improve the relations among –sometimes antagonistic- groups through repeated meetings, joint analysis of the challenges and design of solutions. The approach is also based on the assumption that such a process equips participants with listening and dialogue skills that will contribute to the peaceful management of conflicts and bring about peace and sustainable development.

Common and shared principle of P4DP and one of our international partners- Interpeace.