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ICP hopes to get into new phase in 2008
 
MELANESIAN MESSENGER 070406-3
April 6, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Inclusive Communities Programme (ICP) an agency established under the Melanesian Board of Mission of the Church of Melanesia in Solomon Islands is hoping to get the support of its donor agencies to further extend its work in the country by 2008.

ICP at the moment is putting together a proposal seeking to extend its 3 year programme which lapsed in March to a new 5 year programme when the current extension phase is over by December this year.

The programme which is a joint-funded initiative of AngliCORD, Anglican Board of Mission (ABM), AusAID (Australian Government) and the Anglican Church of Melanesia is a post ethnic tension programme.

Its primary focus then was to address the economic and social turmoil that ravaged Solomon Islands through strengthening civil society by building the capacity of women and young people to contribute to decision making; strengthening financial, administrative and development skills; and promoting community-based conflict resolution.

ICP as a community development agency over the last three years reached out to all the dioceses in Solomon Islands and creating significant impact on the lives of the ordinary people through workshops and trainings.

In the next phase ICP is hoping to redirect its focus to include provincial institutions and faith based ministries as they too need specific skills to effectively carry out their mission in the dioceses and groups they serve.

Meanwhile the target for the current extension phase is the Mothers Union and Youth.

ICP developed its own materials to carry out its programme in the country.

The two dioceses in Vanuatu have also shown keen interest in the programme going across to them.