MedNet’s members are based in different parts of the country and are actively involved in mediation of community disputes, often involving multi-parties. Aside from actual mediation, MedNet also offers the following services to the members, non-members, individuals, groups, institutions and organizations.
Kinds of Services
MedNet services can be categorized into two types; namely
a.1. Conciliation and facilitation
a.2. Monitoring, documentation and evaluation of mediation process
a.3. Research and Conflict Analysis
a.4. Information materials on mediation, negotiation and related topics through MedNet’s resource center
(basic and advanced mediation/negotiation skills training) for mediators and facilitators and assistance to government agencies, POs and NGOs in the institutionalization of mediation
Nature of Request for Services
Request for services are usually at two levels:
a.) Individual, in which particular members have been identified for certain needs for assistance; and
b.) Institutional, where MedNet is being mobilized as a service organization.
Members are encouraged to put premium on institutional arrangements to accrue maximum benefits, which come in the form of psychic and monetary rewards, for the network. However, in cases when requesting parties are constrained to engage with MedNet on an institutional basis, members should ensure that the contribution of MedNet in propagating EDRM/P discipline and skills is recognized through co-sharing of income with the network and proper acknowledgement of resource materials utilized.
& Conflict Mapping
Conflict analysis /conflict mapping . A conflict map is an analytical tool that conflict assessors construct to systematically aid mediators and parties. It determines the scope of a conflict and possible action to resolve or manage it. MedNet helps parties identify issues, stakeholders and their goals, interests and levels of influence, and the larger context of the dispute, and recommends a process for resolving the issues.
MedNet helps groups of people to work together better, understand their common objectives, and plan according to these objectives. As facilitator, MedNet remains neutral in these discussions, focusing instead on eliciting ideas from the participants. MedNet’s facilitation services come into play during policy mediations and in strategic planning of civil society groups.
MedNet trains group on interest-based negotiation, and helps groups negotiate for their interests on select issues. Instances when MedNet has helped groups negotiate include : mining issues, fisheries, environment and natural resource disputes, and ancestral domain claims.
Mediation is a structured, interactive process where an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. MedNet members act as neutral third party facilitators in mediation processes in issues such as: land disputes, housing, jail management, rido (violent clan disputes), water issues, organizational conflicts, and ancestral domain claims