The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) plans for new developments and expansion of its peacebuilding work in Eastern and Central Africa. Among the new initiatives is a regional undertaking relating to informal cross-border trade, peace and security, engaging several local and regional partners in the wider Horn of Africa. The project will be funded chiefly by the European Union and run over a coming three years period.
The LPI Board of Directors met in Nairobi, Kenya, on 11-12 November, 2016, with senior staff from LPI’s head office in Uppsala and programme offices in Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Bukavu, to assess on-going peacebuilding work and plans for coming years.
Six conflict transformation and peacebuilding programmes are currently planned, with funding from several international donors including Sweden’s Sida, the EU, USAID as well as Bread for the World Germany, Church of Sweden and other church-related donors. A new strategic plan for LPI’s work will be guiding activities 2017 to 2021.
I am confident that our combination of local and regional work for peace will produce even more tangible impact in the coming years, as several new donors engage and see the changes in terms of peace and security for local communities, says Dr Judy McCallum, Executive Director of LPI.
LPI has over 30 years of experience in peace research and peacebuilding. The Institute, with its head office in Uppsala, Sweden, works with local partners and has a focus on local communities for capacities for peace. It is also promoting policy change for sustainable peace at national and regional levels. Collaboration with political actors is guided by Memoranda of Understandings with both the African Union and the regional body, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).