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Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye in Malaysia

Renowned Nigerian peacemakers Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye visited Malaysia, 22-26 November, as guests of Initiatives of Change in partnership with other local organizations. During their visit they met the Malaysian Prime Minister and other politicians, as well as having discussions with religious leaders and interfaith organizations. Their visit attracted considerable media coverage.


The 5th of December is the International Volunteer Day (IVD). This year Foundations for Freedom became the supporters of the International Volunteer day in Ukraine. It is launched by the UN Volunteers. Every year, volunteers all over the world celebrate this event in different ways: rallies, parades, community volunteering projects, environmental awareness, free medical care and advocacy campaigns are all prominently featured on IVD.

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Panel address audience at Greencoat Forum

‘Banks and boardrooms need ‘iconic leaders’ of personal integrity if the world is to avoid further economic crises, says Paul Moore, former head of group regulatory risk at Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS). The financial crisis of 2008 was caused by ‘failures in organisational culture and ethics’ rather than technical failures, he told a Greencoat Forum on ‘capitalism towards the common good: regulation or culture and character?’ held in the London centre of Initiatives of Change on 23 November.

Ajmal Masroor in the Poldermosque in Amsterdam

On 12 November a diverse audience gathered for an ‘honest conversation’ with British imam Ajmal Masroor on the issue of Islam in Europe in the Poldermosque in Amsterdam. Tessa Calkhoven reports.

Peace Circles in Nairobi, Kenya

‘Please run this workshop at a national level in Kenya. Take it to every county and train as many women as possible in peace’ said one of the participants in a recently concluded Creators of Peace Circles workshop which was attended by 21 women from across Kenya starting from Mombasa and stretching to the furthest ends in Isiolo. It took place on 10-12 November, 2010 at Watakatifu Wote Senta in Ngong, Nairobi.