National Dialogues & Peacebuilding:
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 and dialogue processes and structures to prevent and transform violent conflict, and build the foundations for just and durable peace.
Fellowship for Peace Changemakers Launched
We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of the Peace Appeal Foundation's Peace Changemakers Fellowship.
For the last 15 years, the Peace Appeal has been privileged to recruit and work with extraordinary young peacemakers, whose skills, insights, empathy and dedication have greatly enhanced the peace processes we have supported. These women and men continue to distinguish themselves as they progress in their careers. Several are still working diligently in their own countries peace efforts, while others have gone on to work within the United Nations system, or with respected international non-governmental organizations supporting peacebuilding across several continents.
In recognition of their contributions, we are pleased to dedicate this fellowship, that will provide financial support, mentoring and other assistance to the recipients. The fellowship will continue the Peace Appeal’s tradition of supporting and mentoring young peacemakers and build a growing circle of remarkable change agents working in peace and conflict resolution globally.
The 2015 Fellowship will be awarded to Singmila Shimrah to support he work with the Naga ethnic groups participation in the Myanmar/Burma peace process. (The Nagas, an ethnic community affiliated with several dozen tribes, live in a largely mountainous region straddling both Northeast India and Myanmar/Burma.) Singmila is a remarkable Naga woman who returned in 2014 to the region of her birth after pursuing graduate studies in conflict resolution in the United States. With support from the Peace Appeal and our partners, Singmila will travel extensively throughout Myanmar’s Naga areas to assist local communities and their leaders as they prepare for full participation in the regional and national ceasefire negotiations and political dialogue.
2014 Nobel Peace Prize
NEWS & PERSPECTIVES
A public forum, entitled "Violence, Freedom of Expression, and Justice" was held at the Harvard Divinity School on January 29, 2015. The Peace Appeal Foundation's Chairman, Jeff Seul, spoke on the panel with scholars offering a variety of faith perspectives. Seul's remarks, which follow, focused on qualities and principles that any attempt at dialogue on difficult issues such as those brought up by the recent tragic outbreaks of violence, should possess.
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The United Nations Development Program hosted a three-day expert consultation on "Reconciliation as a Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding." in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 2 - 4, 2014. Peace Appeal Foundation Director, Shirley Moulder, along with Harn Yawnghwe, head of the Euro Burma Office with whom we collaborate on work in Myanmar, attended and spoke. Substantively the conference focused on prospects for evolution in the use of truth and reconciliations commissions. A related resource on the topic has been authored by George Wachira, with Prisca Kamungi and Kalie Sillah, published by NPI-Africa, resulting from a multi-year research project in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Africa. For further information see: Stretching the Truth.
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 is now available here.
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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