Tag Archives: Voluntary Principles

Voluntary Principles Annual Report 2018

BY THE FUND FOR PEACE FFP is highly active within the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR). The following report detailing FFP’s work was presented at the annual VPSHR Plenary. Download the full report in PDF format .

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Voluntary Principles in Ghana: Final Project Report

BY HANNAH BLYTH AND J.J. MESSNER In July 2015, Fund For Peace (FFP) began what would become a crucial contribution to the security and human rights landscape in Ghana. Partnering with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) Ghana, we set out to implement a three-year program on the Voluntary Principles in Security and Human […]

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Operation Vanguard Pre-Deployment Training

BY HANNAH BLYTH In July 2017, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources announced the rollout of a new Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP) designed to disband small scale illegal mining. The MMIP’s implementation has so far focused only on the immediate security concerns – establishing a permanent joint task force (JTF) of military and […]

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New Guidance Released: Use of Security Forces: Assessing and Managing Risks and Impacts

BY J.J. MESSNER*   Cet article est aussi disponible en français The Fund for Peace is delighted to announce the release of a new guidance handbook on Use of Security Forces: Assessing and Managing Risks and Impacts, published by the International Finance Corporation and co-authored with The Fund for Peace and Monkey Forest Consulting. This […]

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Voluntary Principles in Ghana Update: July-September 2016

BY J.J. MESSNER AND HANNAH BLYTH Using the information shared in the local dialogues, the July 2016 roundtable provided a forum for representatives from the four regions to voice concerns and issues at a national level. It also represented an important opportunity for different communities, government stakeholders and mining, oil and gas companies to connect […]

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Voluntary Principles in Ghana National Roundtable: July 2016

BY J.J. MESSNER AND HANNAH BLYTH* On the 28th July, 2016 the Fund For Peace (FFP) in partnership with the West Africa Network for Peace Building-Ghana (WANEP-Ghana), staged the first national VPs Roundtable in Accra. Staged as part of a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, this roundtable follows a series of local […]

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Voluntary Principles in Ghana Update: April-June 2016

BY J.J. MESSNER AND HANNAH BLYTH FFP and WANEP-Ghana delivered local dialogues to discuss VPs-related issues in mining, and oil/gas affected communities. A total of 73 participants took part across the four regions including the Minerals Commission, the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Navy, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), traditional leadership, companies, […]

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Voluntary Principles in Ghana Update: January-March 2016

BY J.J. MESSNER AND HANNAH BLYTH* The first local dialogue was held on February 22 in Bolgatanga, Upper East region. The dialogue, led by WANEP-Ghana, was attended by stakeholders including the Ghana Police Service, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Traditional leadership, the Shanxii Mining Company, small scale mining groups, the Talensi […]

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Voluntary Principles in Ghana Update: October-December 2015

BY J.J. MESSNER AND HANNAH BLYTH In December 2015, FFP and WANEP-Ghana delivered local training workshops in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, and Takoradi, Western Region. Both trainings focused on sensitizing the VPs initiative and guidelines, as well as introducing ways to mitigate conflict through available grievance mechanisms, and promoting peacebuilding and conflict early warning in […]

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Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in Ghana

BY J.J. MESSNER AND HANNAH BLYTH With the government of Ghana announcing in 2014 that it would sign onto the VPs initiative as the first African nation to do so, it is now in the stages developing a VPs National Action Plan. Working with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Rights and Labor, […]

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“Listen to understand instead of listening to be understood,” @jjmessner. Brilliant panel on meaningful stakeholder engagement led by @AngelaUMiller about importance of building trust, communicating proactively and focusing on quality over quantity. #SW2019

Meeting with community leaders and small scale miners from Sefwi Nkatieso, Western North Region, Ghana to talk about promoting peace, sustainability and reducing use of #mercury in #ASGM

Talking #mercury reduction in the small scale gold sector in Tarkwa for our #RECLAIMS #ASGM #Ghana 🇬🇭 program supported by @StateDept with @UMaT_edu_GH @WANEP_Ghana