Initiatives of Change (IofC) International has identified three Strategic Priorities and focused on one overriding priority, namely 'Addressing the root causes of extremism of all kinds.'
We emphasise that poor governance and economic injustice are often among the root causes of extremism. The work that is done on these strategic priorities has a direct bearing on the first priority, and in this way we can see that we are all contributing to the same goal.
Overriding Strategic Priority 1
ADDRESSING THE ROOT CAUSES OF EXTREMISM OF ALL KINDS
Extremism of whatever shape or colour not only threatens modern civilization but also runs directly contrary to the basic values of IofC. The problem of extremism as well as the solution is rooted in human nature. Fear, hate, greed and indifference perpetuate conflict, injustice, poverty and environmental destruction.
Initiatives of Change aims to foster honest dialogue across growing divides, build trust to counter stereotyping and extremism, and to seek common values on which to base new relationships and teamwork to tackle common challenges.
Key Areas of Action
- Address the growing polarization of Muslim and Non-Muslim communities, particularly in Western countries, the Middle East and Africa.
- Support IofC’s European Steering Group and Arab Regional Coordination Group in their efforts to strengthen their regional networks and promote dialogues and exchanges between Europe and the Middle East.
- Leverage existing programmes such as ‘Creators of Peace’, ‘Hope in the Cities’, ‘Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace’, ‘Foundations for Freedom’ and ‘Education à la Paix’ (France) to give leadership on this issue.
- Encourage programmes and initiatives which educate young people in the values of participation, inclusion and peace.
- In close partnership with the Caux Foundation, develop Caux’s contribution to fostering dialogue, creating space for reflection and discerning solutions, particularly regarding issues of migration.
- Seek partnering arrangements with relevant organizations outside the IofC network.
- Support leadership development in the Arab/Muslim world, through IofC programmes both locally and in the Caux (Switzerland) and Asia Plateau (India) conference centres.
- Continue the development of an emerging initiative between India and Indonesia to come together in partnership to strengthen cohesion in their own religiously diverse societies.
- Encourage those in the IofC network who cannot directly connect with the above to give attention to countering extremism in their own localities.
Strategic Priority 2
PROMOTING INITIATIVES FOR JUST GOVERNANCE
Key Areas of Action
- Facilitate the participation of leaders with strategic influence in the Just Governance conferences at Caux and Asia Plateau, accompanying them wherever possible.
- Facilitate the deployment of the services of the Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance (India) in African countries.
- Collaborate regionally to support initiatives in South Sudan through the South Sudan Working Group.
- The International Council will continue to encourage high levels of good governance in IofC boards, as role models.
Strategic Priority 3
DEVELOPING ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC LIFE
Of the top 150 economic entities of the world, sixty percent are business organizations. IofC aims to engage with all stakeholders in business and the global economy, to inspire, connect and encourage businesses and individuals to promote ethical leadership, and contribute to an equitable society and humane world.
Key Areas of Action
- Support IofC’s international business and economy programmes such as Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB) and Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE).
- Promote a wider engagement of IofC teams with business leaders and the issues they carry, and encourage Regional Coordinating Groups to connect with existing IofC business programmes.
- Support the development and introduction of Heart of Effective Leadership training and other similar training for business leaders in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
These strategic priorities will be advanced by building on what is already in place internationally, nationally and locally in the IofC movement. IofC International will devote its main attention to priority number one, while encouraging and affirming the teams who will lead in the other priority areas.
The implementation of the three Strategic Priorities will be reviewed periodically. Where possible, and for specific actions and projects, we intend to set in place more formal evaluation processes.