Peace Council launches fund in October to supplement its budgetary allocation
The National Peace Council (NPC), will on the October 15, launch a Peace Fund, noting that it has become necessary due to limited resources and inadequate budgetary allocation to support its activities.
The National Peace Fund is to provide a viable source of financing for the Peace Council to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict and to build sustainable peace.
The council has since urged individuals and corporate institutions to encouraged to support it by contributing to the fund to maintain the prevailing peace in the country.
This was made known at the opening of a three-day capacity-training workshop for staff and members of the Northern Regional Peace Council in Tamale.
The National Peace Council Act 2011 (Act 818), gives room for the establishment of a Peace Fund, but this has not been realized after a decade of the passage of the Act, and 15 years of the existence of the Council.
The NPC is currently unable to establish secretariats across the country because of inadequate funding.
The Purpose and Principles of the Peace Fund states that contributions made into the Fund will be used to finance activities within a framework of priorities developed in consultation with the government of Ghana and stakeholders.
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The National Peace Council
The object of the Council is to facilitate and develop mechanisms for conflict prevention, management, resolution and to build sustainable peace in the country.
The Council is to promote cooperative problem-solving to conflicts and by institutionalizing the processes of response to conflicts to produce outcomes that lead to conflict transformation.
They therefore facilitate the development of mechanisms for cooperation among all relevant stakeholders in peace building in the country.
Among other things, they harmonise and co-ordinate conflict prevention, management, resolution and build sustainable peace through networking and co-ordination.
They also strengthen capacities for conflict prevention, management, resolution and sustainable peace in the country including but not limited to chiefs, women, youth groups and community organisation.