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| The Liberian Mandingoes Reconciliation Conference Charter Prepared by:
The Liberian Mandingoes Reconciliation Conference Charter Prepared by:
The Conference Committee
The Liberian Mandingoes Reconciliation Conference Committee’s vision is to promote unity, peace, foresight, selflessness, and discipline among Liberian Mandingoes and between Mandingoes and other Liberians; make the Mandingoes a better people and better citizens; and make Mandingoes so good as a people that no one will want to challenge them from a value standpoint.
The committee’s work involves a process that focuses on:
· Our history as a people
· The values that make us unique and dynamic
· Our pre and post Civil War experiences – politics
· Collect voices of stakeholders
· The way forward – Strategic Plans for Mandingoes in the new Liberia
· Developing measurable and achievable goals for our future
Having fled Liberia due to persecution and for other reasons, the Liberian Mandingoes now realize the following:
· They need to revisit their history before the civil war
· The need to evaluate their civil war experiences
· Evaluate the root cause of their differences
· Acknowledge the past, reconcile their differences, and work with other ethnic groups for true reconciliation in Liberia.
· Invest in education and their youth, and encourage service from them
The committee’s primary goal is to form a united front of Mandingoes with various social and political orientations by:
· Uniting Liberian them to cure the wounds that they now feel as a result of their experiences in Liberia.
· Improve relationships among Mandingoes by reducing or eliminating defects/animosities caused by opposing political ideologies.
· Build/Improve relationships with other Liberians based on mutual tolerance and acceptance
· Ultimately unite Liberian Mandingoes for a common cause and develop achievable goals for a shared future inside Liberia.
· Organize a council of arbitrators to mediate controversial issue affecting Mandingoes
The Reconciliation Conference’s Approach
Utilize cross-functional individuals to research specific areas affecting Mandingoes and present them to conference body at a two-day event that:
· Uses an open minded methodology to fix broken windows and improve relationships using the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) methodology
· Develops a process to analyze new opportunities for Mandingoes in Liberia
· Utilizes historical and current data to isolate cause of some of our success and failures as a group in modern Liberia
· Encourages coaching support from experienced resources among us
· Develops a strategic plan for our future in the new Liberia
Structure of the Conference
· Revisit our history and bring us to the present
· Achievements and failures of our forbearers
· Forecast the future
The Civil War and its Impact on Mandingoes
· Discussions centered on the impact of the civil war (pros and cons) on us as a people and how to deal with future threats.
Reconciliation Forum will consist of:
· Delegates from various Mandingo organizations and sub-groupings
· A nine (9) member council to mediate all grievances
· Presentations by designated intellectuals, religious leaders, historians, and other groups
Reconciliation Dinner and Fund-raiser
The achievement of true reconciliation is dependent on the following:
· Knowledge of existing problems affecting us as a people.
· Clear definition of the new realities in Liberia and how to deal with them as a group
· Active participation and a strong support from all Mandingoes, especially elders, opinion leaders, and those in leadership positions
· Open mindedness to change
· Excellent leadership
· All Mandingoes from Liberia residing in North America and Europe
· Mandingoes from Liberia residing in Liberia and other nations in West Africa.
True reconciliation will:
· Position Liberian Mandingoes to deal with the new realities in Liberia
· Improve relationships amongst our members and build mutual respect regardless of ideological differences
· Reduce/eliminate ignorance about us as a people
· Encourage youth education and promote leadership and volunteerism
· A Mandingo federation is very important to safeguarding the Mandingo values and driving the progressive forecasting and attainment of measurable goals for our people and nation.
A yearly event is important to celebrate our successes in the new Liberia.
· Lack of massive support from the Mandingo community in the United States.
· No scientific data is available that support the theory of a division among Mandingoes at this time
· There is no technological constraints at this time
· Paying for the cost of the conference
· Conference Committee members are dispersed all over the United States
· The Mandingoes will become better equipped to deal with the new Liberia if genuine reconciliation is achieved
· A Mandingo federation to serve as an umbrella organization for Mandingoes will foster unity
· Data on the contributions of Mandingoes will become readily available
· Technology will take us to every country in which a Liberian Mandingo resides.
· A budget is required for a successful conference
· Resources (committee members) will devote 3-4 hours per week during next 30 days in order to make this conference a reality.
· Lack of stakeholders buy-in to the goals of the reconciliation conference
· Jump to short sighted solutions to appease major stakeholders and adversaries
· Fail to identify clear causes
· Dollars needed to implement conference not available and can’t be raised
· Committee members fail to execute a successful conference
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