At Plateau Peacebuilding Agency, we have defined our core values because we believe in the importance of having the right set of values.
To quote a top philosophy blog, values are basic and fundamental beliefs that guide or motivate attitudes or actions. They help us to determine what is important to us. Values describe the personal qualities we choose to embody to guide our actions; the sort of person we want to be; the manner in which we treat ourselves and others, and our interaction with the world around us.
We carefully chose our eight core values to guide our work. They are
We are aware that a chief cause of conflict is injustice. When people perceive that they have been treated unfairly, it sets off a chain of reactions with conflict being the resulting action. At the Plateau Peacebuilding Agency, we strive to be free from bias and treat all people as equals.
The Plateau Peacebuilding Agency was created as an agency of government that is meant to seek the good of every citizen of Plateau State. We open our doors to people everywhere to be collaborators, stakeholders, resource people, partners, employees or volunteers regardless of party affiliation. We believe in conflict management and peacebuilding, there is no “us versus them”.
We are against marginalization of people and therefore, inclusiveness is one of our core values. The minority groups have a right to representation, to being of equal worth as everyone else and we recognize their value and contributions. Our actors include disability groups and other people who represent minority organizations.
Neutrality is often mentioned as required conduct for mediators, conflict managers and peacebuilders with good reason. We believe we must exercise neutrality as parties that should be equidistant to those in conflict and be without bias as much as possible. We maintain a stance of impartiality to all conflicting parties.
Human dignity is the recognition that human beings possess a special value intrinsic to their humanity and as such are worthy of respect simply because they are human beings. Conflict threatens and weakens human dignity. At the Agency, we believe in restoring dignity where it has been lost and reinforcing it where it is getting weak.
The Mamprusi people of Ghana who said “One finger cannot pick up a stone” were right. We believe that we are all dependent on each other. Our core value of interdependence allows us to seek to deepen our relationships knowing each carries something of benefit to us.
TWe agree that accountability is an important tool in conflict resolution because of how it facilitates a post-conflict society to move forward. We believe in employing mechanisms that address past injustices and promote the rule of law. Hence, accountability as either retributive or restorative justice is one of our core values.
While we recognize the inevitability of conflict, we uphold the principle of non violence as a core value. As defined by Wikipedia, nonviolence is the personal practice of not causing harm to one's self and others under every condition. We believe peace can be achieved without the loss of life, limb or property.