The Dispute Resolution Foundation’s facilitation team has considerable experience working together in large and small group interventions in public policy as well as with justice, business, academia, and with at-risk communities. DRF has consistently been involved in the training and sensitization of thousands of individuals across Jamaica under several internationally funded projects since 1994.
Successful projects of DRF include:
- Hosted Prof. Howard Zehr and Ms. Barb Toewes and provided introduction to Restorative Justice to Jamaica and key stakeholders.
- UNDP workshops for political parties in Spanish Town.
- National Year of Dispute Resolution Declarations to mark DRF’s 10th Anniversary which allowed for public education, conferences and a host of events to promote dispute resolution in Jamaica.
- CIDA-funded Peacemaking, Gender Equity & Empowerment for Young Men & Women in Spanish Town & Environs (June, 2005)
- Certification of Mediators for Belize Family Court in Belize (May, 2007)
- 40 Hour Basic Mediator Training in Guyana, as well as Mediation 101 Seminar for Attorneys in Guyana (June, 2007)
- National Year of Dispute Resolution Declarations to mark DRF’s 15th Anniversary which allowed for public education, conferences and a host of events to promote dispute resolution in Jamaica.
- 40 Hour Basic Mediator Training in Guyana, as well as Mediation 101 Seminars for Attorneys in Guyana.
- Certification of Mediators for Belize Family Court in Belize
- DRF/UNICEF funded the School Suspension Intervention Programme. This initiative was supported by the Ministry of Education and was launched in four (4) parishes in Jamaica. A total of 3469 individuals were impacted… 1928 males and 1541 females
- Being a member of the Design, Strategy and Implementation Team of Partners in Social Conflict & Legal Reform Project of CIDA/GOJ. Other team members/ partners included PALS, the Ministry of Education & Youth, and the Ministry of Justice. The DSI Team of Partners were able to, inter alia:
- Establish Peace & Justice Centers in Trench Town & Flanker, Montego Bay
- Conducted pilot Mediation Project in the Supreme Court civil jurisdiction resulting in New Rule, Part #74, Civil Jurisdiction instituting automatic referral of cases to mediation, the most significant change in Jamaica’s justice system in over 60 years. This service is outsourced to the DRF.
- OECS/CIDA Judicial & Legal Reform Project involving training in Mediation and ADR in the OECS states and advocacy
- Advocating for and enabling the design and implementation of mediation programmes in the Resident Magistrates, Petty Sessions and Family Courts with the appropriate legislation and rules; and in the Supreme Court through consultation, negotiation and process design under the GOJ/CIDA-funded Social Conflict & Legal Reform Project working closely with the Ministry of Justice and the Jamaican Bar Association.
- Working with a cross-disciplinary international team to design the Citizen Security & Justice Programme. This was a US$16 million programme supported by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has been instituted in sixteen (16) corporate area communities. There is the involvement of the public sector (the Ministry of National Security &the Ministry of Justice) as well as civil society organizations to develop and implement this seminal project for the reduction of the murder rate.
- The DRF has staged five (5) Caribbean Conferences on Dispute Resolution. 4 have been in partnership with the Mona School of Business, UWI and 2 in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Caribbean Branch.
The conferences featured a Youth Day and a Community Day along with a programme of concurrent workshops for dispute resolution practitioners with business and legal streams sharing the latest skills and theories in the field. The most recent conference – in 2011 – featured Arbitration training at Associates and Masters Levels. The conferences had over 300 participants from the Caribbeanand North America, and involved the expertise of international, regional and local facilitators.
- DRF/UNICEF Adolescent Development and Participation Project – Community Violence Education, Prevention and Youth Peace Facilitators Programme working with Youth Peace Facilitators in Kingston & St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and St. James.