Meka Raja Rajeswari
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Community development as tool for peace building

Started this discussion. Last reply by sakada sam Feb 15, 2014. 2 Replies


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sakada sam replied to Meka Raja Rajeswari's discussion Community development as tool for peace building
"In fact it can be either way, can or can't.  There are a lot of debate related to social program and sustainability. One of them I discuss in my article here."
Feb 15, 2014
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Samuel Maruta replied to Meka Raja Rajeswari's discussion Community development as tool for peace building
"Good for Meka to raise this issue.  I suppose much depends on the "how" of the programmes.  In principle, they can be effective.  Community development is, by definition, about building relationships, and the nature of human…"
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Community development as tool for peace building

Are social development programs in conflicting areas effective? Are they able to build human relationships and foster sustainable peace?See More
Feb 4, 2012
Muhammad Tahir Tabassum left a comment for Meka Raja Rajeswari
"Dear Meka, Very happy to visit your profile in peace network today. We can be good friend & partners on common issues. Peace."
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"AN APPEAL TO CONTACTS IN INDIA TO EXPRESS COMPASSION BY CONTACTING THE SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES FOR THE RESPECT OF HUMANITARIAN LAW Sri Lanka : The Last Round ? Rene Wadlow With the Sri Lankan government troops closing in to the remaining…"
Feb 15, 2009

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18 years of practical experience in designing, planning, managing and implementing social development projects such as primary education, education to out of school children, child nutrition, women empowerment, livelihoods, primary health and HIV/AIDS programs for children, women and youth.

Promoted the concept of sustainable peace-building through community development, focusing on programmes like primary education, basic health, HIV/AIDS awareness, livelihood programmes and community welfare programmes for women, children and youth.
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Consultant - Social Development
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Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Hindi, Urdu
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Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Development, Education, Gender, Health, Humanitarian Relief, Peacebuilding, Psychosocial, Youth
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Evaluation, Fundraising, Program Administration, Program Design, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
To study the impact of development programmes in the conflicting regions
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Paper on “Women and Peace Building-Community Development Perspective”, published in Canadian Women’s studies, Toronto. 2002.
Paper on “Development as Tool for Peace-Building and Empowerment” published by Christian Conference of Asia Hong Kong in 2003.
Paper on “Hindu Religion for Peaceful and Harmonious Co-Existence” 2005 (to be published).

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At 7:15am on May 6, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Meka,

Very happy to visit your profile in peace network today.

We can be good friend & partners on common issues.

At 1:44am on February 16, 2009, Rene Wadlow said…

Sri Lanka : The Last Round ?

Rene Wadlow

With the Sri Lankan government troops closing in to the remaining Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stronghold, it looks as if this is the last round of a military struggle that began in 1983 but whose roots go back at least to independence in 1948. The ongoing conflict between the Sinhala and the Tamils that has ebbed and flowed derives its emotional force, in part, from competing beliefs that began during the colonial period about legitimate rule, economic wellbeing, and sacred authority.

The Office to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens has had a long-standing concern with the conflict in Sri Lanka and has made frequent calls for good-faith negotiations on the political and administrative structure of the State. I had thought that reason would win out over the irrational drive to settle complicated issues of social-political structures through armed violence. I seem to have been wrong since both the government and the LTTE gave up negotiations in exchange for a military ‘solution’. A military victory seems now possible for the government forces.

There are two short-term dangers. There are some 200,000 people trapped between the LTTE militias and the government troops. There have been appeals from the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross for a cease-fire so that civilians, especially the sick and wounded, can leave the fighting area. As this is being written (11 Feb. 2009), there is no cease-fire and none seems in view.

There have been calls from the Government to the LTTE leadership to lay down their arms and end the fighting. Again, this is a logical possibility, but given past LTTE willingness to fight to the bitter end, a massive rendition seems unlikely. Thus, there may be a heavy loss of life of those caught in the cross-fire.

The second danger is revenge killings on a large scale. The Tamil-Sinhalese conflict has been extremely bitter. Many families in both communities have lost kin. Although binding up the wounds of war should be the first priority, there is always a danger that revenge killings take place. Logically, the establishment of social cohesion — that is, an ongoing process of developing a community of shared values and opportunities based on a sense of trust, hope and reciprocity — should be the prime aim of government policy. However, there are small groups of violent individuals who may be ready to kill for revenge or to get rid of rivals.

Therefore, the Office to the UN, Geneva, of the Association of World Citizens has sent a three-point appeal to the President of Sri Lanka, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa:

1) calling for the respect of international humanitarian law as expressed in the Red Cross Geneva Conventions;

2) appealing for the protection of all civilians both during the on-going conflict and especially in the period following the end of armed conflict during which there is a danger of revenge killings. We are sure that Sri Lanka will respect universally-recognized human rights standards;

3) appealing further that serious consultations on the governmental and administrative structures of the State be undertaken so as to facilitate national unity based on the respect of individual views and aspirations.

Wide support for these three aims would be welcome. Letters could be sent to the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York:

H.E. H.M.G.S. Palikakkara

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

630 Third Ave.

New York, NY 10017, USA

Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens
At 11:20am on December 4, 2008, shyam tosawad said…
Dear Meka
thanks for being my friend wish you all the best.
At 6:18am on December 4, 2008, Waheed Ahmad said…

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