Paz e coesão social através da construção da confiança e reconciliação em meio às divisões
IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides
Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

Under the Creators of Peace new governance model, nine new International Coordinators were elected at its General Assembly (AGM) on 9 July 2013 in Caux, Switzerland.

Monday, 08 July, 2013
 Healing History conference Caux 2013

The Healing History conference took place from 3-7 July. It aimed to explore the history and legacies of racism, and how communities can work together to build trust, heal wounded memory, and create cultures of inclusion and economies that work for the benefit of all.

Friday, 05 July, 2013

On the afternoon of 3 July the first session of the Healing history conference took place. It was chaired by Alex Wise, from the Church health centre, from Memphis USA. Speakers included Rajmohan Gandhi, biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, former president of Initiatives of Change International, Gail Christopher from the W. K. Kellogg foundation, Doreen Lawrence from the Stephen Lawrence Trust, Lisa Jackson-Pulver from the University of New South Wales and John Powell from the Haas Institute for a fair and inclusive society.

Friday, 05 July, 2013

On the afternoon of Wednesday July 3rd there took place the first session of the healing history conference. It was chaired by Alex Wise, from the church health centre, from Memphis USA.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013
The entire caravan team with DC Christopher Wanjau outside Eldoret town hall

For Joseph Wainaina, to lead a peace caravan in his home city of Eldoret was a dream come true. In 1992, Wainaina and his family, who are Kikuyus, had to flee for their lives from Eldoret, after election-triggered clashes between the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities. His house was burnt down and his aunt was killed. On 16 May, he led the peace caravan, through former conflict hot-spots of the city, with his close friend and co-organizer, Chrisostom Maiyo, former Area Chief of Eldoret, a Kalenjin.

Monday, 20 May, 2013
Somali workshop

After over 20 years of civil war and numerous failed peace-conferences, Somalis and the international community are daring to believe that a reborn Somalia might just be possible. Fourteen flights a day are bringing members of the Somali diaspora back from all corners of the globe, to reclaim property, to start new businesses, to take posts in the new government. In January, Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Somalia – a former refugee in London – visited IofC’s London centre to meet members of Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), the network of Somalis which has been associated with IofC since its inception in 2005.

Friday, 17 May, 2013
Arab Consultation

Twenty five people gathered in Beirut, Lebanon to take part in the first consultation of representatives of Initiatives of Change Arab teams. The meeting, which took place 8-10 March, included representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia as well as Arabs living in France and the UK.

Friday, 17 May, 2013
Marina Cantacuzino

‘Forgiveness cuts public opinion down the middle like a guillotine. People are inspired by it or they are affronted by it.’ This is how Marina Cantacuzino, founder of the Forgiveness Project, introduced the concept of forgiveness when she gave a Greencoat Forum on 19 March in the London centre of Initiatives of Change.

Tuesday, 07 May, 2013
South Sudanese peace and reconciliation graduates

In a first for South Sudan, 200 people, drawn from all 10 states, completed a four-week training to be Peace and Reconciliation Mobilisers throughout the country, on Wednesday 1 May.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013
Community leaders in Baringo

Pokot, Ilchamus, Tugen and Turkana communities came together over two days in March in Baringo, Kenya seeking the means to finding lasting peace. Joseph Karanja reports.