Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP) is a Liberian Peacebuilding NGO.
P4DP is 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. Through this approach, P4DP endeavours to see a Liberian society characterized by equality, social cohesion and respect for all. P4DP has worked in all fifteen political sub-divisions of Liberia.
Theory of Change
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 remedies. The methodology facilitates the development of inclusive solutions and creates a culture of dialogue that helps to improve the relations among –sometimes antagonistic – groups through repeated meetings, joint analysis of 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 will bring about peace and sustainable development.
Established out of a United Nations and Interpeace collaboration in 2007, P4DP became an autonomous Liberian non-governmental organization in 2012. Read more on Interpeace’s role in our foundation here.
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 unequivocally described P4DP’s intervention as: ‘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’.
As an independent, non-partisan and national non-governmental organization, P4DP pursues its key thematic areas through public education programs, policy dialogues, comparative research, advocacy and networking classified in detail as mentioned below:
- Natural Resource Management
- Conflict Prevention and Early Warning
- Human Rights and Rule of Laws
- Human Security
- Women, Peace, Development and Security
- Transitional Justice and Reconciliation
- Youth and Children in Conflict and Development
- Peacebuilding, Mediation Dialogue, Peace Education and Research
- Program Evaluation and Assessment
- Gender, Health, Migration and Social Services