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
Friday, 01 March, 2013
Angelina Teny, chair IofC South Sudan, briefs State coordinators

The challenge is clear; Initiatives of Change has been commissioned by the Vice President of South Sudan to train 200 South Sudanese Peace and Reconciliation Mobilizers. It is truly an exciting opportunity to bring together participants from across the 10 states of South Sudan to work together on this Journey of Healing for National Reconciliation.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013
Handing over of flags from Louis-Coordinator of Rwanda Forum to Mark- Coordinator for next forum in Burundi

Curtains closed at the Third Eastern Africa Youth Forum (EAYF) on Saturday 23 February 2013 with a rallying call for the youth to be ambassadors of morality. The five day conference shared great success lessons from Rwanda sparking hope among the young people who attended it. The forum brought together over 90 youths from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan as well as friends of goodwill from South Africa, Congo, Australia and Germany. The forum opened on Tuesday 19 February and ran for five days. The theme for the forum was ‘Moral Values: The Key to a Brighter Future.’

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.