More than six years ago, in May 2008, a group of civil society leaders, academics and senior civil servants from Fiji attended a Pan-Pacific United Nations organised workshop on conflict resolution in Villa, Vanuatu. At the end of the workshop this group of Fijians, determined to take an active role in resolving Fiji’s problems, continued to meet periodically.
And it was during this period after the Villa meeting the idea of Dialogue Fiji was conceived.
The initiative has two key objectives:
Dialogue Fiji is a movement of non-governmental organisations, and individuals committed to peace building and welcomes others to join the process through the Citizens' Assembly which has been taking place annually, since 2009, to review progress and the committee membership.
The initiative is directed by a Committee which receives its mandate from the Citizens Assembly of wider civil society, and managed by a Secretariat.
Dialogue Fiji Committee’s common understanding of a ‘dialogue process’ is a sustained, participatory and inclusive process of listening and conversing in order to achieve understanding and reconciliation, aimed at finding solutions to diverse problems. Such dialogue processes are a necessary part of conflict resolution and peace building.
Since its establishment, the Secretariat has been supported by the organisations and members of the Committee as well as financial and technical support from the East-West Management Institute, Conciliation Resources and UNDP Strengthening Capacities for Peace and Development (CPAD).