Young Leaders from Kenya Participate in a Tree Planting Exercise in Commemoration of International Youth Day

Nairobi, Kenya, 8th August, 2015 – Every year on August 12th, the world commemorates the International Youth Day. This year, the celebrations were held under the theme “Youth Civic Engagement”, a key focus of the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan on youth. The theme sought to promote young people’s civic engagement at all governance levels in the society which is often low or non-existent.

In Kenya, the Global Peace Foundation through its youth arm, Global Peace Youth partnered with Action 2015 Kenya in its efforts to celebrate IYD. This was hosted by the Nairobi County Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Movement (NCHESHM) and brought together 40 young leaders for a Clean Up and Tree Planting Exercise in Babadogo, Mathare Constituencies. The participants planted 30 trees in Mathare Church, Chandaria Primary School and Babadogo Primary School.

The celebrations brought together different stakeholders including the International Citizen Service Youth Volunteers from VSO Jitolee, NCHESHM, youth and women groups in the community among other participants.
(NCESHM is a movement of environmental youth groups in Nairobi County which has received Peace and Leadership training from Global Peace Youth under the United Generation Platform.)
In attendance were, Mr. Stephen Cheboi, Director, ACTION 2015, Mrs. Susan Kiraguri, Environment Officer at One Stop Youth Centre, Mr. Joshua Owiti, the Sub-County Officer, Mr. Arthur Wasonga, Director of Global Peace Youth among others.

The Mathare Sub County Officer was pleased to see the youth in that community take ownership of their poor waste disposal problem and clean up their environment. In his speech, Mr. Joshua Owiti was encouraged by activities the young people have initiated to clean up in the area.

“I am pleased to see young people take responsibility of their environment through such activities. My plea is that this becomes a daily practice for every household so that we can collectively maintain a conducive environment for our children,’ says Mr. Owiti “I would also like to emphasize that responsibility starts from you, through good character which eventually spreads to your immediate families, the communities and the society. Cleanliness in character reflects through the cleanliness and well-being of your environs.”

Youth volunteers from VSO Jitolee were also excited to be involved in the Clean Up exercise. “As I quote President Obama’s recent speech, …’we have borrowed this land from our children’, we are the present generation and we need to take care and add value to our environment so that our children and grandchildren can find a better place to live in” said Mr. Kimani, the VSO Youth Representative.

Mr. Arthur Wasonga applauded the youth for their innovative actions, leadership initiative and for participating in MILEs trainings offered under the UGEN platform. “The membership of NCHESHM has shown so much improvement in terms of character and you can see the results through the dedication they have shown today. As a person who views character as the focal point of change in a young person, I would like to urge the youth present to reflect on what they envision for themselves and for their societies and start acting on the change they want to see by joining other like-minded groups.”


Call to Action – Roundtable Seminar: “Addressing the nexus between peace and conflict” 22 July 2015 – Zanzibar

The roundtable was convened under the theme “ addressing the nexus between business and Peace”, as the second break out session on 22nd July 2015, at Africa Hall. It brought together senior representatives of IGAD, COMESA, EAC, the African Union, analysts and business leaders and was presided over by the East African Community Secretary General Amb. Richard Sezibera.

The session comprised a series of expert presentations that made a strong case for a more proactive and direct support from the private sector in conflict mitigation in the East and Horn of Africa region due to the strong mutually reinforcing relationship between of thriving businesses and sustainable peace.


Gratitude to co-conveners GPF, IGAD-CEWARN and EAC together with their partner COMESA. Special gratitude to the key note Speakers: Amb. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, EAC; Amb. Tewolde Gebremeskel Redda, Director Peace and Security, IGAD, representing IGAD Executive Secretary; Madam Beatrice Hamusoude, Director Gender Affairs, COMESA, representing the Secretary General COMESA.

Special mention to the following expert presenters for the immense contributions to the debate: Richard Barno, Director CEWARN, Dr. Mehari Taddelle Maru, Regional Political Analyst and Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University, Mr. Joseph Rwanshote, IGAD programme Manager for Trade, Industry and Tourism, and Amb. Ben Rutsinga, AU Ambassador to EAC.

The business sector was represented by three able speakers Mr. Mukesh Shukia, CEO, Shumuk Group of Companies, Dr. Godwin Kaganda, Institute of Finance and Management of Tanzania and Mr. Keli Kiilu from the East Africa Business Council. We further express gratitude to the many participants who attended- house full, and for the comments, questions and interactions that followed the presentations.

It is important at the onset to recognize that the roundtable was singularly unique for bringing together multiple stakeholders- RECs, Private Sector, Academia, Governments and even CSOs to deliberate an issue that is as complex as it is simple.

Highlights of Roundtable Seminar

  • There is strong and sufficient data from the region that that illustrates conclusively the nexus between, peace, businesses and development including the cost of the recent crisis in Burundi and South Africa as well as the cost of recent series of terrorist attacks to the tourism industry in Kenya and their negative impact on the economies. The crisis in South Sudan is estimated to cost the region 58 billion in the next 5 years if not resolved.
  • The East and Horn of Africa regions have huge development potential but is unfortunately is being undermined by conflict which have direct and highly damaging consequences for businesses.
  • There is a huge potential that business has in terms of financial investment, socio-economic and political linkages and influence that can be tapped into for peace building and conflict prevention. It is, for example, necessary to tap into partnerships for peace with privately owned media given media’s critical role in peace efforts and conflict mitigation.
  • Thriving businesses are sources of public revenue and employment. Businesses also have prominent role in promoting human security through delivery of basic public services and thereby promote inclusive development and contribute to the legitimacy of the state.
  • The Private sector needs to engage proactively and directly in democratization, governance and conflict mitigation initiatives – and not shy away from investing in conflict prone areas to directly investing in opportunities and mechanisms that avert and mitigate conflicts. Business must help bring about conducive environment for business.
  • It is imperative that there is investment in early warning mechanisms that are effective and efficient in terms conflict prevention.
  • A number of existing frameworks in IGAD, EAC, COMESA and African Union exist for engagement with the private sector that can be leveraged to have business directly support peace building conflict mitigation and resolution programs. These include the IGAD Business Forum, the East African Business Council, GPF supported COMESA Trading for Peace and Youth Entrepreneurship Programs as well as the AU’s African Solidarity initiative that has been conceived as mechanism for mobilizing resources within the continent to support countries emerging out of conflict with a prominent role of African private sector.
  • Recognition of the potential of businesses to be an aggravator conflicts and profit from illegitimate business activities including in attractive industries; private military and security companies; financing terrorism and violent extremism as well as funding and inciting election-related violence; spreading the act of corruption that may undermine state capacity to deliver public security and other vital services.

Roundtable Consensus
At closure, the chair of the meeting, Amb. Sezibera projected the following meeting consensus as outcomes.

1. Economic growth requires partnership between the public/private sector and the other social groups
2. Business (private sector) can and does contribute to peace/security should be involved in the search for peace.
3. Business can also benefit from and be a cause of insecurity.
4. RECS need to invest in and give voice to policies that promote the private sector.
5. RECs and Private sector express their solidarity with the African Union’s Africa Solidarity Initiative whose objective is to raise resources from within Africa for Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development of countries emerging out of conflict. The private sector is a key contributor to this Initiative.
6. There is need to invest in opportunities that stop conflict. The roundtable identified as possible initiatives for immediate investment
a. The Scaling up of the Integrity Initiative in Uganda to all part of the EAC, IGAD and COMESA region;
b. The Scaling up of CEWARN Peace Dividends to areas identified from conflict assessments including areas threatened by radicalization to violent extremism;
c. The convening of EAC/ HOA roundtable and Summit for Private Sector and RECs; and
The scaling up by CEWARN of interactions between conflict analysts and private sector practitioners directly and through such forums

There is urgent need for RECs, Private Sector and others to support and scale up youth empowerment programs.

Special focus should be paid to Small and medium enterprises as avenues for promoting the role of youth in the peace agenda.



GPD to Implement the Boy Child Mentor-ship Program in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya July 28- Zawadi (not his real name) is a class eight student at a local Primary School in Kenya. As per the Kenyan education system, he is supposed to seat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in November this year. Students in this class are encouraged to put more effort in their school work as their scores in the examination will determine the kind of secondary school that they shall be admitted to. Zawadi, a 13 year old boy, is the first born in his family. He has 2 younger sisters, a mother who is below 30 years of age and a step-father.

We first met him during one of our field visits to his School. As we were receiving the greenhouse initiative reports from the Head Teacher, Zawadi walked into the office escorted by one of the teachers in the school; teacher Maggie.
The Head teacher shared with me that Zawadi had been away from school for the past 5 months. As soon as she noticed Zawadi’s absence, she contacted the mother to find out his whereabouts with no success. Through the community, she learned that his’s father had moved out of their home and relocated to a different town. Shortly after, the mother remarried; a move that prompted Zawadi to flee from home to go and live with his maternal grandmother.
The school through the local administration summoned the mother to appear in school. The mother was instructed to make sure that Zawadi reports back to school, failure to which she would be reported to children’s service department.
The Head Teacher asked Zawadi to explain to her why he had not been attending school. Amidst sobs, he shared that the grandmother lived 10 kilo meters away from the school. Yet every time he arrived at school past the required time, he received punishment from the teacher on duty. After some time, he gave up on coming to school all together and resorted to pretending that he was attending school to avoid disappointing the grandmother. He later on realized how wrong his actions were but was afraid of going back to school and receiving more punishment for skipping school for so many days.
The Head teacher asked him, why he couldn’t go back to living with his mother who lives closer to the school compared to the grandmother. He shared how on several occasions his mother had expressed that she did not care about him at all.
The head teacher encouraged Zawadi to come back and pursue his education as it’s the only thing that would guarantee him a better life in future. He was given a book and instructed to go to class. He expressed that he wanted to go to his sister’s class who was 5 classes behind him as he was afraid of his class mates and teachers. For that day, Samuel was allowed to join his sister’s class and the teachers were instructed to encourage him to stay in school. The Head Teacher pledged to pay for his lunch for the remaining part of his school life.

As we watched Zawadi leave the Head Teacher’s office to attend class, we realized how important Global Peace Foundation’s family self-reliance model would be to the likes of Zawadi. Through our boy-child mentor – ship program, boys like Zawadi, will interact with volunteer mentors who will not only act like their father figures but also equip them with skills that will facilitate a smooth transition from childhood to adolescence.

Moreover, fathers like Zawadi’s dad will be empowered to be leaders in their homes by taking responsibility over the well-being of their spouses and children. Mothers like Zawadi’s mom and grandmother will go through a value based training that will empower them to know their key role in instilling values and nurturing their children into becoming responsible adults. This in the long term will result into healthy families that will give birth to ethical societies

Global Peace Youth Meets Peace Ambassadors Kenya – Mount Kenya University

Global Peace Youth continues to inspire and nurture the next generation of leaders through reaching out to higher learning institutions. On 13th July 2015, the Peace Ambassadors Kenya – Mount Kenya University (MKU) Chapter hosted the Global Peace Youth team for a meeting to discuss possible partnership in implementing peace activities and leadership education in the University.

Peace Ambassadors Kenya is a nationwide youth peace initiative whose members are drawn from learning institutions (universities, colleges, polytechnics, secondary and primary schools) and the general youth population. It implements peace building and conflict management activities across all sectors in Kenya.

During the meeting, the members shared their experiences holding dialogue forums with youth in areas that are affected by conflict highlighting the need to have young people taking ownership to drive the change they want to see in the society. “When I joined Peace Ambassadors Kenya, I did it because I am a peacemaker and know that a country cannot function without peace. I did not know it would expose me to so many opportunities to change my country into a better place by simply engaging the community through dialogue and community service.” reiterated Fiona Muthoni, the secretary to the Peace Ambassadors Club-MKU Chapter.

The students emphasized the need for capacity building on how to conduct reconciliation through dialogue from institutions like Global Peace Youth and having guidance on how best to communicate and engage the community especially in regard to conflict resolution.

Mr. Arthur Oyange, Director Global Peace Youth shared the core values that Global Peace Foundation stands for and educated them on what it takes to be a good leader in the society. “As a young person who is engaged in peace building activities, it is important to embrace the values of Teamwork, Ownership, Dreaming Big and most of all Living for the greater good. If you apply the teachings I have shared in this forum in your day to day activities, you will definitely have an impact on the people you interact with” he said.

Mr. Timothy, the Club Chairperson concluded by saying, “having Global Peace Youth here today to offer mentorship to us is a blessing since we cannot give what we don‟t have. I am grateful for the fundamental values and lessons that we have learnt here today and hope that we can have more sessions and activities with this team.”

As a way forward the club members and the patron, Ms. Serah Kimaru agreed to have future collaborations with Global Peace Youth after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the school administration and Global Peace Foundation. Presently the club agreed to fully participate in the commemoration of International Day of Peace by organizing for a peace symposium in the university.

Mombasa County Government Hosts Post-GPLC Youth Planning Meeting

The 2015 Global Peace Leadership Conference (Youth Forum) convened in Zanzibar brought together youth leaders from the East Africa region including 10 representatives from Kilifi and Mombasa Counties in Kenya. As a post-conference engagement, the youth leaders from Kenya convened a consultative meeting on 29th July, 2015 hosted by the Mombasa County Government to map out strategic areas of intervention for youth development.

The meeting was graced by Hon. Mohammed Abbas, the County Executive Member in charge of the Department of Youth, Gender & Sports-Mombasa County, Mr. Arthur Wasonga, the Global Peace Youth Director and 10 Youth Leaders from Mombasa and Kilifi Counties. The aim of the meeting was to bring together young leaders from Mombasa and Kilifi Counties to brainstorm on the resolutions made during the Global Peace Leadership Conference in Zanzibar and domesticate local recommendations. The main focus was to encourage young leaders to own the program by customizing and domesticating the project proposal as designed by the Global Peace Foundation Kenya.

One of the resolutions made at the GPLC youth forum was to scale up the campaign against violent extremism and youth radicalization through the UGEN (United Generation) platform. During the meeting, the young leaders made various recommendations to initiate the “Amani Pwani” initiative geared towards empowering youth to participate in the development of their communities with life skills, peace education and entrepreneurship. The youth also recommended exchange programs to promote unity in diversity as well as exchange of best practices across the region. It was agreed that the two county governments would inject 60% of the resources required to implement the project.

The follow up planning meeting was held on 3 rd August 2015 hosted by Hon. Salma Muhiddin Ahmed, who is the County Executive in charge of Education, Youth Affairs Culture &Social service in Kilifi County. Both Kilifi and Mombasa County Government will later host an MOU ceremony between Global Peace Foundation – Kenya and the two Ministries of Youth.

Dr. Soonok Kang, Global Peace Women, Secretary General in Kenya

In the week of 1st August, 2015, GPF Kenya hosted the International Secretary General of Global Peace Women (GPW), Dr. Soonok Kang who was visiting to establish a foundation for GPW programs in Kenya. During her visit, Dr. Kang held various meetings accompanied by the GPW Kenya Coordinator Ms. Misco Mungai including courtesy calls with Dr. Ida Odinga, Dr. & Mrs Aruna Chandaria, National Assembly Lady Spouses Association, Kenya Women & Children Wellness Center (KWCWC), World Vision among others. The aim of the meetings was to establish partnerships to implement GPW program in Kenya.

GPW, a division of Global Peace Foundation is promoting healthy families as well as the extended family model as a foundation for world peace. In Kenya, the program is launching a mentorship program for vulnerable young mothers living in the slums of Kayole in Nairobi and parenting education for women groups working with other GPF programs. In the meetings, Dr. Kang shared the overall goal of GPW to promote the innate value of women and their leadership role from the home for social transformation.

“We cannot achieve world peace by enforcing laws only. For peace to be sustainable, it must begin from the home. We must therefore promote universal values from the family level and empower women to be good role models to their children and spearhead social transformation” she reiterates.

Mrs. Sunita Nathoo, Executive Director at Kenya Women & Children Wellness Centre expressed interest in the values-based approach used by GPW in implementing its programs. She emphasised the need to empower families which is the most important institution in a society. Dr. Manu Chandaria, Patron GPF emphasised the need to empower women with relevant skills and education to manage their homes and take up leadership positions in the society. “As we push for the 2/3 gender rule in our parliament today, we must also ensure that the women taking up those positions have the capacity to lead and be good role models for other aspirants” he reiterated.

GPW Kenya and Kenya Women & Children Wellness Centre agreed to establish a partnership to provide health education to the young women in Kayole as well as values-based education to the groups working under KWCWC. Follow up meetings will be initiated to firm up the partnership.

East Africa Hosts the 2015 Global Peace Leadership Conference in Zanzibar

July 21 – 24 Zanzibar, Tanzania – The 2015 Global Peace Leadership Conference (GPLC) convened in Zanzibar brought together stakeholders form the East Africa Region to examine innovative strategies for addressing identity-based conflict across the region. The pioneering conference held under the theme “Promoting Sustainable Peace & Development in East Africa” addressed the threat of religious radicalism in the region and beyond, as well as the role of faith leaders, the business community and former heads of state in ending youth radicalization and identity-based conflict. The convening was attended by over 500 participants and successfully discussed best practices, proven models and a two-year action campaign to curb identity-based conflict with a focus to facilitate interfaith partnerships in the region, based on universal principles and shared values.

The Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, Former Prime Minister of Kenya led a delegation of 33 people from Kenya to the conference together with Mr. Daniel Juma the Executive Director of GPF Kenya. The delegation included representatives from the Interreligious Council of Kenya, UWEZO Fund, Kenya Women Holding, 11 young leaders from Kilifi & Mombasa Counties among others.

In his remarks during the Opening Plenary, Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga stated that “glaring disparities in economic wellbeing among ethnic or regional groups and the consequent marginalisation of certain regions and communities are among the root causes of insecurity and conflict”. The keynote speaker and Zanzibar’s current President Ali Mohamed Shein reiterated these words in a speech delivered by the Second Vice President of Zanzibar. “We are a tolerant people who resonate with the Global Peace Foundation message that all humankind are indeed One Family under God.”

The conference culminated with the signing of a Memorundum of Understanding between Global Peace Foundation and the United Religions Initiative Africa (URI-Africa) on 23rd July, 2015 with a commitment to promote a culture of peace across the African continent. URI-Africa is a nonprofit interfaith peace building organization working to promote interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and create cultures of peace and justice for the Earth and all living beings.

The MoU will bring together faith based organizations and different religious leaders in Africa to bridge divisions and build ethical societies based on universal aspirations, principles and shared values. This will enhance partnerships for a longer-lasting peace and sustainable development in Africa with the participation of NGOs, former African Heads of States, Religious Leaders, Private Sector, Youth associations, individuals and intergovernmental organizations.


Zanzibar Declared a “Peace Hub” for East Africa at the Global Peace Leadership Conference

Former President of Zanzibar Amani Abeid Karume told an assembly of East African government, business and faith leaders on July 22, 2015 that Zanzibar offers a “real example of trust in bringing peace” in the East African region. He said that increasing hostilities in the East Africa and the broader region have led to “absolute poverty and despair.”

The former president addressed participants at the Zanzibar Beach Resort during a ground-breaking three-day Global Peace Leadership Conference in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The conference, “Promoting Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in East Africa: A Call to Moral and Innovative Leadership,” was organised by the Global Peace Foundation, the East Africa Community, the Government of Zanzibar, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

The son of the Zanzibar’s first president and co-chairman of the African Leadership Mission, His Excellency Karume said that growing instability in countries such as South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Congo not only impact the victims directly, but also threaten other countries who must accommodate refugees, while also causing psychological trauma for generations.

“The agenda of this conference envisions a society where all members are the shareholders,” the former president said, adding, “I have total trust and respect for each other as human beings in front of God.

In a statement, Zanzibar’s President Ali Mohamed Shein said the African continent can benefit from the leadership and partnerships generated in this important journey for peace.

“We are a tolerant people who resonate with the Global Peace Foundation message that all humankind are indeed One Family under God,” President Shein said.

The opening session of the conference included participants of a concurrently running Global Peace Youth Summit. Addressing the Opening Plenary of the conference, Former Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Amolo Odinga said he was proud to see so many young people participating.

“I shall join everyone in broadcasting what we shall agree on here,” he said, but warned that the people of East Africa have to resist the temptation to resort to measures like extra judicial killings targeting specific segments of society.

“Glaring disparities in economic wellbeing among ethnic or regional groups and the consequent marginalisation of certain regions and communities are among the root causes of insecurity and conflict,” Mr. Odinga observed.

The former Prime Minister said the people of East Africa must confront incidents of insecurity and conflict associated with regional grievances for there to be peace and stability.

“As statesmen in the region, as leaders from all segments, we have the moral responsibility of addressing these conflicts through moral and innovative leadership, influencing policy and encouraging volunteerism.

“As leaders, we should encourage ethical societies anchored upon shared values. When leaders model behaviours that encourage the opposite, it yields divisions in society,” the former Prime Minister added.

Kenyan Ambassador to Tanzania Chirau Ali Mwakwere told the diverse participants that Kenya fully supported the conference agenda because of the need for a peaceful East Africa “where young people are fulfilling their dreams,” a region “that can become an example to the world.”

The Kenyan ambassador told the participating youths that they have a heavy challenge in the present. He advised them that they should not destroy their future by impetuous acts, and they should respect, report to, and also advise the elders.

Global Peace Foundation International President James P. Flynn also addressed the conference and said that Africa can make dramatic advances and meet the serious challenges it now faces.

“You have tremendous spiritual and moral resources already at hand,” Flynn declared. “The traditional culture of East Africa remains strong, and the emphasis on the extended family and community helps to nurture the values of cooperation and mutual respect. Spirituality is deeply rooted here and is a natural part of daily life.

“Such spiritual resources are key to forging a shared identity that transcends tribal, ethnic, and religious differences,” Flynn added. “The shared values contained within them are the foundation for substantiating the motto of the East African Community – One People, One Destiny.  And the commitment to make that vision a living reality – One People, One Destiny (Tafsiri ukurasa huu) – provides purpose and motivation of the highest order.”

More than 500 people, including government representatives, faith leaders, business people, non-profit groups, and youth leaders from across East Africa, other parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia attended the conference.

The conference addressed the threat of religious radicalism from Al-Shabaab and similar groups in the region and beyond, as well as the role of faith leaders and the business community in fostering peace and sustainable development.

The Global Peace Leadership Conference concluded on July 24, 2015.

GPLC East Africa Program Schedule

Program Schedule

“Promoting Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in the East Africa Region: A Call to Moral and Innovative Leadership”

July 21-24, 2015
Zanzibar, Tanzania


July 21, Tuesday

All Day      Arrivals and Registration

7:00 PM    Dinner (international guests]   




July 22, Wednesday

9:00 AM    Opening Plenary (Combined with Youth Summit at Zanzibar Beach Resort)

Leaders of the East Africa Community and the Middle East will outline the challenges to peace and stability posed by recent developments in the region, as well as opportunities for collaborative multi-sector peacebuilding approaches based on shared values and the framework of moral and innovative leadership.

Moderator: Mr. Arnold Kashembe, Country Director, Global Peace Foundation Ireland

  • Welcome and Invocation by key religious leaders (from Zanzibar)
  • Welcoming Remarks: H.E. Amani Karume, Former President of Zanzibar; Africa Leadership Mission Co-Chairman
  • Greeting by H.E. Rupiah Banda, Former President of Zambia
  • Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, East African Community
  • Amb Tewolde Gebremeskel Redda, Director of Peace and Security, Intergovernmental Authority on Development
  • Mr. James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation
  • Amb. Hon. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Kenya High Commissioner, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, EGH, former Prime Minister, Republic of Kenya
  • H.E. Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (Represented by the Second Vice President Hon. Amb. Seif Iddi)

11:00 AM    (GPLC participants return to Melia; Youth participants proceed with Youth Summit agenda.)
12:00 PM    Lunch

1:30 PM    Plenary II:  One Family Under God: Interreligious Approaches to Peacebuilding

Universal principles and shared values are fundamental to building social cohesion, and also provide a common platform for collaborative interfaith action for the good of the entire human family.  In this session, leaders from diverse faith traditions will examine the importance of moral authority, interfaith leadership, and interreligious cooperation for effective initiatives that address identity-based conflict, build sustainable peace, and promote shared prosperity.

Moderator: Rev. Canon Thomas Godda, General Secretary, Inter-Religious Council for Peace Tanzania

  • Bishop Titus Mdoe, Catholic Church of Tanzania
  • H.E Sheikh Abubakar Zuberi,  Ag.Mufti of Tanzania
  • Sheikh Fadhil S. Soraga, Secretary General to Grand Mufti’s Office, Zanzibar
  • Bishop Sunday Onouha, Executive Director, Nigeria Interfaith Action Association
  • Mufti Hatim Harith Saif Al-Abdissalaam, Lecturer, The Higher College of Islamic Studies, Oman; Board of Directors, Islamic Information Center (Diwan of Royal Court), Oman
  • Dr. Issa Haji Ziddi, Lecturer, State University of Zanzibar
  • Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Africa Regional Director, United Religions Initiative (URI)
  • Sheikh Mohammad Ali Waiswa,  Chairman of the Board of Directors, Inter-Religious Council of Uganda

3:00 PM   Concurrent sessions

Concurrent Session I:  Interfaith Working Session on Identity–Based Conflict Prevention

Building on the Global Peace Convention 2010’s Nairobi Declaration and the East African Community’s Kigali Declaration in 2014, interfaith leaders will discuss strategic applications of the agreements outlined in each, with a particular focus on initiatives to prevent identity-based conflict and youth radicalization.

IRCPT will take the lead on organizing this session. Rev. Canon Thomas Godda

Concurrent Session II:  East Africa Business Roundtable Addressing the Nexus of Business & Peace

The nexus of business and peace has become increasingly clear as the rise of identity-based violence in the East African Community impacts development and tourism. This session will examine the role of business leadership, working in collaboration with interfaith and youth initiatives, to promote values-based youth entrepreneurship, foster greater regional integration, and build sustainable peace.

Organized by IGAD / EAC / COMESA.  Coordinated by Vincent Rapando

Business Roundtable – Agenda

Topic: Nexus between Peace and Development

1.  Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, EAC

2.  Amb. (Eng). Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, IGAD (Represented by Amb. Tewolde G/Meskel Redda IGAD’s Peace and Security Division director)

3.  Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, COMESA (Represented by Beatrice Hamusonde, Director Gender & Social Affairs)

Expert Speakers

Topic: Kenya 2013 case study: How the Private Sector and the Civil Society partnered with IGAD Cewarn and the Kenya Government to help deliver 2013 free elections

  • Amb. Martin Kimani, Kenya Ambassador to United Nations Office in Nairobi

Topic: Investing in a Conflict Environment

  • Mr. Ahmed Jama. Owner, Village Hotel & Restaurants, Somalia
  • Dr. Mehari Tadu -Lecturer University of Addis Ababa

Topic: Synopsis of Conflict in the Region

  • Mr. Richard Barno-Director IGAD Cewarn (HOST)

Topic: Private Investments to Prevent Conflict

  • Mr. Keli Kiilu– East Africa Business Council


  • Mr. Mukhesh Shukla, CEO Shumuk Group of Companies
  • Mr. Alykhan Mukwano-CEO Mukwano Group of Companies (tbc)
  • Mr. Reginald Mengi-Executive Chairman the IPP Media Group (tbc)
  • Ms. Sabetha Mwambenja, Director, Covenant Bank of Tanzania
  • Mr. Anteneh Assefa CEO, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (tbc)

Facilitator:  Dr. Jason Kapkirwok, TradeMark EA (tbc)

Co-facilitator: Joseph Rwanshote, Programme Manager, Trade, Industry and Tourism

Concurrent Session III:  East Africa Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Peace.

Note: The Global Peace Youth Summit is convening concurrently at the Zanzibar Beach Resort Hotel.

(Both the Interfaith Working Group and Business Roundtable will manage their schedules between 3 PM and 7 PM – with two 90-minute sessions and a 30 minute refreshment break.)

7:00 PM    Dinner


July 23, Thursday

9:00 AM    Plenary III:  Moral and Innovative Leadership

Leadership that is both moral and innovative is essential to addressing the roots of conflict and corruption, and to promoting equitable development within our global community.  Societies that emphasize good character, innovation and collaboration can lead the way in building peace. In this session, speakers will discuss policies and practices that promote moral and innovative leadership as necessary to advancing peace, security and sustainable development.

Moderator: Mr. John Oko, Country Director, Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria

  • Mr. Insu Choi, Africa Regional Representative, Global Peace Foundation
  • IRCPT representative
  • Honorable Dr. Mwinyihaji Makame, Minister, State House and Good Governance, Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
  • Hon. Ayoo Tonny, Member of the Parliament of Uganda; Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on East African Community Affairs

10:30 AM    Networking Break

11:00 AM    African Leadership Mission on Peacebuilding, Youth Empowerment, and  Service

Former heads of state and other noted leaders from across the region will recommend concrete strategies to address the challenge of identity-based conflict and build support for interfaith peacebuilding, youth leadership, and service.

Moderator: Ms. Chipo Muzorewa, Zimbabwe

  • H.E. Amani Karume, former President of Zanzibar; Africa Leadership Mission Co-Chairman
  • H.E. Rupiah Banda, former President of Zambia
  • H.E. Girma Wolde-Giorgis, former President of Ethiopia (represented by Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Africa Regional Director, United Religious Initiative)
  • H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria (represented by Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Executive Director, Nigerian Interfaith Action Association)

12:30 PM    Lunch

2:00 PM    Engaging Partners in Regional Peace and Security

This session will summarize the consensus recommendations from the Faith and Business Sectors, Government, Multilateral Partners and the Youth Summit to forge partnerships for a two-year campaign designed to address identity-based conflict in East Africa. Partners that commit resources to the campaign will be recognized at this time. Working teams formed both before and after the conference will work to implement, evaluate and improve the strategic campaign components proposed during the conference.

Moderator: David Caprara, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships GPF / Co-Moderator: Daniel Juma, Executive Director GPF Kenya

  • Ms. Beatrice Hamusonde, Director of Gender and Social Affairs, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Dr. Omar Mohamed Al Khateeb, Member of the Board of Trustees for Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award, UAE
  • Rev. Ngoy Leita Mwakilima, General Secretary, Tanzania Women Interfaith Network
  • Business Roundtable report/call to action: Mr. Richard Barno, Director Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism, IGAD
  • Youth representatives
  • Mr. Arthur Oyange, Director, Global Peace Youth Kenya
  • Mr. Taleeb Ismail Jussab, ZAYEDESA
  • Mr. Khalid Nakabale, Africa Peace Service Corps, Uganda

4:00 PM    Plenary VI: The Way Forward

The Way Forward final session will summarize next steps and set a timeline for the interfaith and youth campaign.

Moderator: Mr. Arnold Kashembe

  • Mr. Salum Abdalla, President, Global Peace Foundation Tanzania
  • Mr. James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation
  • H.E. Rupiah Banda, Former President of Zambia
  • H.E. Amani Abeid Karume, Former President of Zanzibar

6:00 PM    Closing Banquet: Celebration of Peace and Zanzibar Culture

The Closing Banquet will celebrate the timeless, universal values of peace embodied in the vision of One Family Under God and the historic cultural richness and tolerance manifested in Zanzibar as an island of peace.


July 24, Friday

  • Optional historic sightseeing program
  • Prayer observances
  • Departures