From Argentina to Zambia, Zimbabwe to Azerbaijan, 225 local peacebuilders from 53 countries have entered our competition to find Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders. After weeks of deliberation, 11 organisations have been chosen for the shortlist.
The work of these grassroots peacebuilding organisations is diverse in location, theme and context, but common to all is a deeply held passion and commitment for building peace in their communities. From these 11 groups an international jury of peacebuilding experts will select four prizewinners – who will be announced on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014.
The shortlist are:
- Centar za Izgradnji Mira: uniting young people across community divides in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Centre d’Information et Mobilisation Social: protecting human rights, combating social injustice and managing property conflicts in post-genocide Rwanda.
- Dagropass: promoting peace and security though a ‘zero violence’ campaign in post-genocide Burundi.
- DC Peace Team: ‘civilian peacekeeping’ to prevent violence in Washington DC, USA.
- Femmes Rurales Amies de la Paix et du Developpmement: reconciling communities, improving food security, and promoting human rights and good governance in war-torn DR Congo.
- Grassroots Reconciliation Group: peacebuilding between returnees from the Lord’s Resistance Army and war-affected communities in Uganda.
- Heartbeat: uniting Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Arab youth musicians to develop understanding and non-violent tools for social change in Israel-Palestine.
- Institut Perempuan: stopping human trafficking and violence against women in Indonesia.
- United Nauro-Gor: preventing inter-tribal warfare in Papua New Guinea.
- War Affected Youth Association: assisting former child soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.
- Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe: turning young people into ‘Peace Ambassadors’ to lead community healing, peace and reconciliation activities in Zimbabwe.
For more information on all these groups, see http://www.insightonconflict.org/tomorrows-peacebuilders/shortlist