Weak institutions, porous borders and climate change combine to make conditions harsher, nurturing sometimes violent competition over scarce resources between ethnic communities of Northern Kenya, and the proliferation of illegal small arms. (Photo: Oliver Noonan / Shalom Centre)

The peace builders of Northern Kenya; Successful research led model spreads to other African nations

Founded in aftermath of 2007-08’s national post-election violence, Kenya’s Shalom Centre pioneers successful, research-led formula for preventing conflict between rival groups that includes conducting peace education in primary and secondary schools.

Virtual Immersion Training For Peacebuilders: “Mission Zhobia – Winning The Peace”

Imagine peacebuilding practitioners immersed in a virtual scenario where they hone skills in critical areas of peacebuilding. What if these professionals could learn by doing in a safe environment where failure had no real-life consequences? Thanks to a new online game called, Mission Zhobia: Winning the Peace, the idea is more than a dream. It’s a reality.

BETWEEN THE LINES, 8/15/12

Peace Elitism

How can we consider peace so that all Americans recognize that their welfare and prosperity are tied to it? How can peace be democratized in a way that people of all economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds can embrace its aims? Why must peace be something that West Coast Prius owners embrace, but West Virginia coal miners do not? Peace has an elitism problem.

Fellow, Quaker United Nations Office

 Visit the AFSC job site for more information and to apply Application deadline: July 18, 2017 Quaker United Nations Office – New York (QUNO) “QUNO’s mission is to help the United Nations fully carry out its responsibility to prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace around the world. We work with diplomats, UN officials and […]

ICNC Publishes Special Report on Peacebuilding and Civil Resistance

The report by ICNC describes how civil resistance and peacebuilding can work in tandem throughout four stages of transformation of asymmetric conflicts. The conclusion highlights takeaways for researchers, nonviolent activists and educators, peacebuilding practitioners and international agencies seeking to support constructive, effective conflict transformation.

Participants of “Innovating in Challenging Times: Building an Infrastructure for Supporting Peace.” (Photo: David Smith)

Peacebuilding Leadership Gather for “Innovating in Challenging Times” at Point of View

Nearly 50 practitioners, activists, educators, trainers, funders, and researchers in the peacebuilding field gathered at George Mason University’s Point of View Retreat Center to explore “Innovating in Challenging Times: Building an Infrastructure for Supporting Peace.” The aim of the gathering was to identify knowledge, resources, and innovation opportunities to advance solutions that address current and future challenges, taking a proactive approach to peacebuilding.

Search for Common Ground: Peacebuilders Guide to Transforming Violent Extremism

This guide is the fruit of collaboration by Search for Common Ground colleagues past and present from around the world. This guide captures insights from years of experience and offers guiding principles for peacebuilders and on-the-ground practitioners as they navigate this important yet high-risk area of work around violent extremism.

Patience Ikpeh, Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellow for the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, speaks at a localization training in Kenya.

Localized Training Efforts on Implementing the UNSCR 1325: Lessons Learned and Emerging Possibilities

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, in its effort to bridge the gap between global policy and local action on issues of Women, Peace and Security initiated the Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 program. This is a people-based, bottom-up approach to policy-making that goes beyond the local adoption of a law, as it guarantees the alignment and harmonization of local, national, regional and international policies and community-driven strategies to ensure local ownership, participation and links among communities, civil society organizations and government.

Japan – IICBA Signing Ceremony for the project ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries

The government of Japan is providing of 1 million USD to the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) for the project ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries’, which will support teachers and teacher educators from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

Evaluation of the Transformative Potential of Positive Gender Socialization in Education for Peacebuilding

UNICEF commissioned American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct an evaluation of the Karamoja, Uganda, pilot of the programme Gender Socialization in Schools: Enhancing the transformative power of education for peacebuilding. Supported by UNICEF and the Ugandan Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, the programme aimed to trial a practical, school-based intervention to demonstrate the peacebuilding potential of positive gender socialization in the conflict-affected Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda.

YouthPower Learning Grants RFA: Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism

Making Cents International under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded contract YouthPower Learning is launching a request for applications: YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism.

Book review – “Interfaith leadership: a primer” by Eboo Patel

In this book review, Betty Reardon suggests that Eboo Patel’s “Interfaith leadership: a primer” is an invaluable resource for peace education. In this manual on the development of interfaith leadership, Patel provides a model for the construction of learning programs intended to develop fundamental knowledge and practical skills of peacemaking in this society and with adaptations to the global level, providing all the components of the design and implementation of a peacelearning curriculum.