Founded in 2000 with a mandate from five Nobel Peace Laureates, Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Esquivel, the Peace Appeal Foundation helps local stakeholders create and sustain broad-scale peace processes and structures to end wars and broad-scale national dialogue processes and structures to prevent them.
Hannes Siebert, co-founder and Senior Technical Adviser for the Peace Appeal Foundation spoke with fellow South African and Peace Appeal Foundation board member, Shirley Moulder on peacemaking and recent developments in the Middle East and Burma. These interviews are part of an ongoing research initiative into the role of peace and dialogue structures in peace processes internationally.
Q: What have been the important changes in peacemaking in the last two decades?
Hannes Siebert: We have seen an extraordinary increase in the number of people and institutions entering the field. When new conflict breaks out in a region or new peace processes emerge, one witnesses a huge international competition between major INGO’s and international agencies staking-out a role and space for themselves. While there are positive aspects to this trend—new people with energy and more resources that can be deployed for peace— the trend sometimes has a negative impact on national and local peace processes.
It is scarce in this competitive environment to find “peacemakers” who take time to understand all the human...
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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
The Power of Forgiveness
by Derek Brown and Shirley Moulder
A generation from now when parents, teachers, politicians and others seek to describe moral courage and distinguished leadership, there will be one person from their lifetimes whose name will rise to their lips: Nelson Mandela. There are very few true global heroes; Mandela was one.
Though millions across the globe have been awed and inspired by a man who chose reconciliation over revenge, moral leadership over personal gain, and justice over tyranny, Mandela was first and foremost a South African, whose dedication to his country has only been matched by his countryman’s reverence for and dedication to him.
In 1990, upon his release after 27 years of imprisonment, Mandela gave a speech in Cape Town demonstrating the qualities that would cement his reputation. He concluded his speech with the same words that he spoke at his trial in 1964:
“I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
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(As printed in the Daily Progress, 12/7/2013)
2014 Nobel Peace Prize
NEWS & PERSPECTIVES
Conference on National Dialogue and Mediation Processes
In partnership with the Finnish Foreign Ministry and others, the Peace Appeal Foundation hosted the world's first conference on national dialogue processes in Helsinki, Finland from March 30-April 2, 2014. A full conference publication will be available later this year.
Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act (HAFA) Will Remove Barriers to Charity and Peacebuilding - "The Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act (HAFA) is bipartisan legislation that would remove barriers that humanitarian aid and peacebuilding groups face when working in conflict zones."
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Could This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize be a Step Towards Eradicating Chemical Weapons? - reflections on the 2013 Nobel Prize award from Insight on Conflict.