David Normanyo is a Public Servant with a total of 21 years’ experience in the fields of Law Enforcement, Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Advocacy. Before joining the National Peace Council, David served the Ghana Police Service for 16 years of which he served one year with the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Sudan as a Police Advisor. David holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Geography & Resource Development from the University of Ghana and a Diploma in Private Investigation from the Detective Training Institute (DTI) in the United States. He is a 2013 Defence Diplomacy Scholar, a 2016 Rotary International Peace Fellow of the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, a 2017 Global Peace Index Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace in Australia and a 2018 Noffic OKP Fellow of the Hague Academy for Local Governance in the Netherlands.
Since 1983, the reprisal killings associated with the protracted Alavanyo-Nkonya lan
d conflict has claimed the lives of an estimated ninety (90) individuals and injuries to one hundred (100) people from both communities. It has been noted that majority of the victims had nothing to do with the land in contention; they were killed or injured just because of their identity to either of the two neighbouring communities. Therefore, in September 2017, relatives of the deceased as well as those who sustained injuries related to the conflict were identified, registered and taken through individual and social trauma healing clinics. This initiative encouraged the victims to let go of their hurt and pent-up feelings and also engendered a positive change to the revenge seeking behaviour that has pervaded the two communities. A YouTube video on the grand finale of the programme is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIO7PQYhoUw