Community-based peacebuilding of civil society in peace processes forms a basis for our programmes. Research also plays an essential role in the nonviolent conflict transformation approach, both as a precondition for understanding the context of engagement and as a means for conflict transformation. While LPI’s partners include a large variety of civil society organisations, depending on the context of engagement in the different country programmes, the Institute puts special emphasis on engaging in work or dialogue with faith-based organisations.

“Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human relationships.”

John Paul Lederach – Professor of International Peacebuilding, and a member of LPI’s International Advisory Council.

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The Life & Peace Institute in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute organised a Horn of Africa Bulletin Forum on ‘P/CVE - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. The Forum brought together representatives from IGAD member states, prominent academicians, civil society groups and other relevant partners, from 11-12 January 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya.

Participants interrogated basic assumptions about ‘what works, where and when’ in designing policies and programmes that can help prevent or mitigate violent extremism in the Horn of Africa. A number of challenges mentioned also underscored the need to get P/CVE programming right by undertaking evidence-based design and implementation.

The Forum follows from the July-August 2017 issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin, which has been publishing analysis relating to the Horn of Africa for the past 25 years.

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