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
Monday, 25 February, 2013

At the beginning of January, Initiatives of Change (IofC) Kenya officially launched its Clean Elections Campaign, as political storms took centre stage across the country. With the elections taking place on 4 March, many people’s focus is to ensure that the general elections are held free and fair and that by every means possible to advocate for violence-free elections.

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
Dr Riek Machar Teny speaking in Waljak

A one day journey into Jonglei State last Sunday indicated what a daunting challenge reconciliation in South Sudan will be. Nyok Gor and Mike Brown from Australia were invited to join the Vice President, Dr Riek Machar Teny, and others including the Minister of Justice and senior figures from the area, to make a flying visit to a hotspot of conflict where 108 died on 8 February.

Thursday, 14 February, 2013
Nyok and Catherine

The first four from the international team for the South Sudan Journey of Healing for National Reconciliation have now safely arrived in South Sudan. Kathyrn Gor has sent this update.

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013

'Sincerity and serenity in a fast-moving world...true to life or just a dream?' was the theme of the winter conference in Caux which took place from 26 December 2012 to 1 January 2013. Around 100 participants from 17 countries in a variety of age groups ranging from one to 92 participated in the backdrop of the beautiful, peaceful and snow-dusted surroundings of the Lake of Geneva.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013

Two former Prime Ministers - Kevin Rudd of Australia and Michel Rocard of France – shared a platform at an event organized by Initiatives of Change France on the theme, ‘The Process of Reconciliation, possible next steps for France and Algeria’. The event took place at the Espace Jean Monnet in Paris, 19 December 2012, and coincided with the official visit of French President François Hollande to Algeria.

Monday, 14 January, 2013

In November a Training for Trainers session was held in Kenya, near the city of Nyahururu. The course dealt with questions linked with team-building, personal commitment, and reconciliation. The courses are intended to teach the delegates how to instruct trainees in the fundamentals of team-building and empowerment.

Friday, 11 January, 2013
Ambassador Mohamed Sharif Mohamud

Ambassador Mohamed Sharif Mohamud, former ambassador of Somalia and the Arab League, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Sharif is the Vice Chair of the Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), a partner of Initiatives of Change UK, which is committed to bringing trust-building, healing and reconciliation in Somalia.

Wednesday, 09 January, 2013
Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan, the new Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Somalia meets with SIDD and IofC UK representatives

'We need to create trust, unity and integrity. These efforts must go hand in hand with our development objectives to eradicate poverty. Here, the role of women is vital', said Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan, the new Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Somalia, at the UK centre for Initiatives of Change in London on 3 January.

Tuesday, 08 January, 2013
Education à la Paix’s partnership with UNESCO

Education à la Paix, a programme from Initiatives of Change France, was selected by UNESCO to pilot a series of workshops to equip children with the knowledge, skills and techniques to transform society in a positive manner. It will be used across the world to empower children to become active citizens who are better aware of their rights.

Friday, 21 December, 2012
Students in Fribourg

On 13 December 2012, Rainer Gude, IofC representative to the UN and international organisations in Geneva, and Brigitt Altwegg, CAUX-IofC project manager for Switzerland, offered the IofC-workshop 'Your piece in world peace' to members of the students’ organisation AIESEC at the University of Fribourg.