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2011 Year in Review


2011

PALESTINE

JANUARY

Youth participated in a key workshop on the future of the Palestinian state

27% of the Palestinian population is made up of young people, yet they are politically marginalized

‘Mustakbalna’ The Interpeace initiative in Palestine, works with youth to strengthen constructive intra-Palestinian dialogue


2011 Somali Region

PUNTLAND FEBRUARY

10

Youth are a widely ignored resource in conflict resolution that is being marginalized in the process

1,000 students were reached by Interpeace local partner PDRC’s mobile Audiovisual Unit, which is showing educational films on an inflatable screen to youth in remote areas

secondary schools, youth associations and vocational institutions were visited by the mobile Audiovisual Unit in February


2011

ARAB SPRING FEBRUARY

2011 headlines defined by the Arab Spring

Tunisia Interpeace provides UNDP with constitution-making handbooks for constitution-making conference in Tunisia

Yemen and Egypt providing the peacebuilding perspective to international level discussions about Yemen and Egypt

Libya Interpeace sends a requested assessment mission


2011

GUATEMALA

MARCH

12 strategies for youth and youth gang violence prevention were presented to the Guatemalan government by Interpeace

433 children under 17 suffered violent deaths during an 11 month period last year

Interpeace included the voices of

37 institutions 59 organizations and 35 civil society and youth organizations


2011

GUINEABISSAU

46 local radio journalists were trained in objective reporting

MARCH

23

Since 1974 tension between the military and state institutions has resulted in a lack of democratic norms

local radio stations worked with Interpeace local partner Voz di Paz to produce programmes on public grievances and dialogue


2011

‘Mustakbalna’ Divisions APRIL

within Palestine, particularly between Hamas and Fatah

PALESTINE

meaning ‘our future’ in Arabic, is the Interpeace programme in Palestine and promotes intra-Palestinian dialogue on the future vision for a Palestinian state

Our Programme Mustakbalna is active across the West Bank and has now expanded to the Gaza Strip


2011

TRIBUTE

APRIL

Interpeace and its Somali peacebuilding partners regret to announce the tragic loss of a dear colleague and friend, Mohamed Yassin Essa, �Ilkoasse�, Director of Finance and Administration at the Puntland Development Research Center. He was assassinated on the morning of 6th April in his hometown of Garowe in Puntland. He will be remembered for his steadfast dedication to peace.


2011

EL SALVADOR

15 MAY

years of growing violent crime have plagued El Salvador

The 2nd in a series of 3 policy proposals was released by Interpeace which focused on youth violence prevention

17 prevention strategies together called ‘Building a Future of Peace’ were developed by Interpeace and presented to the Salvadoran government


2011

LIBERIA

Tensions MAY

in the border areas resulting from a massive influx of refugees from Côte d’Ivoire

Urgent mission to document issues from the ground using Interpeace dialogue techniques

1 report shared with operational decision makers


2011

GOVERNING COUNCIL

JUNE

The Governing Council is the highest decision making body and plays a key role in defining Interpeace’s overall strategy

19th Interpeace Governing Council meeting took place in New York

5 year strategic plan approved by the Governing Council


2011

CYPRUS

Our Research

JUNE

1 divided island and the need to bridge the vertical gap between the leaderships and the society

Cyprus 2015 the Interpeace initiative in Cyprus, captures the opinions and insights of Cypriots across the island and their hopes and fears regarding the future of peace negotiations

was shared with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership who are currently negotiating a political settlement


2011

GUINEABISSAU

10 JULY

regional spaces for dialogue were set up in

Stronger

Governance structures would enable Bissau-Guineans to break the cycle of insecurity and violence

8 Voz di Paz Interpeace local partner launched an initiative that aims to solve disputes at the local level

administrative regions in the country


2011

ISRAEL

Conflict has divided Israel and unravelled the fabric of society along religious and ethnic lines

AUGUST

Base 4 Discussion works with marginalized groups including Palestinian Arab citizens to bring diverse voices to dialogue

100 most influential Israelis: Ghaida Rinawi Zoabi, a peacebuilder with Interpeace local partner Injaz, has been selected for this prestigious list by The Marker, an Israeli publication


2011

HONDURAS

10 AUGUST

Homicide Rate in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is 52 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the US rate of 4.8 per 100,000

69% of the population in Honduras are youth, inspiring Interpeace to take up the cause of addressing youth violence in the country

youth violence prevention strategies were produced by Interpeace for decision makers


2011

TIMOR-LESTE

Local partner

CEPAD Answers

AUGUST

a request by the local population to create a space for an alternative channel of conflict resolution

4 Peace Houses are being constructed by Interpeace local partner CEPAD, designated as neutral spaces for community dialogue

500 people came to be a part of the inauguration ceremony of the Baucau Peace House, including President of TimorLeste JosĂŠ Ramos-Horta


2011

NEW YORK

150 new constitutions have been created since 1975, but no guidance on ‘process’ has been available

SEPTEMBER

1 website containing the complete handbook is launched

1st of its kind, Interpeace launches a 400 page practical guide on how to design a constitutional process

Critical Gap filled by Interpeace’s constitution-making handbook to ensure constitution-making process supports peace


2011

ISRAEL

Programme expands to ultra-orthodox women;

100 attended the launch of an educational programme specifically tailored for them

Marginalized groups like the Traditional Religious Population (SHAS) have been excluded from peace negotiations SEPTEMBER

Base 4 Discussion the Interpeace programme in Israel, initiates educational programmes for marginalized groups to enable them to engage in discussions


2011

Follow us on Twitter

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+400 SEPTEMBER

followers on Twitter are staying up to date about Interpeace’s work

+150 WORLDWIDE

likes on Facebook allow Interpeace to stay connected with supporters


2011

PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT

1

SEPTEMBER

Interpeace Programme Development workshop held as the final step of an institution wide consultation process

Criteria for Interpeace engagement in new countries and internal decision making processes were the main topics of discussion


2011

11

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

individuals are part of the ‘Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation,’ whose dialogue component will be supported by Interpeace

3,000 SEPTEMBER

people died due to post-election violence

2,000 guests and Interpeace Chairman, President John A. Kufuor, were present at the launch of the ‘Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation’


2011

21st September is the United Nations permanent date for World Peace Day

WORLD PEACE DAY

SEPTEMBER


2011

Somali Region SOUTHCENTRAL SOMALIA

4:3 ‘Heegan’ beat ‘SITT’ in an exciting penalty shootout

2

SEPTEMBER

1 Day of Peace

football teams, ‘Heegan’ and ‘SITT’ came together to play a match and celebrate a day of peace


2011

RWANDA

In Rwanda peace means... SEPTEMBER

2 minute TV spot produced by Interpeace local partner IRDP


2011

Somali Region PUNTLAND

SEPTEMBER

50 SEPTEMBER

1 Day of peace

women wearing white to symbolize peace marched to promote peace, highlighting the crucial role that women and youth play in any peace process


2011

GUINEABISSAU

‘Guiné Terra di Paz’ SEPTEMBER

1 Day of peace

meaning ‘Guinea the land of peace’ is an initiative by our local partner Voz di Paz to establish a national peace day in GuineaBissau


2011

COSTA RICA

360° approach to youth violence in Central America by bringing together key actors is promoted by the Interpeace programme in the region

1 Day of peace SEPTEMBER

200 people attended a World Peace Day event hosted by the Costa Rican government, where Interpeace’s youth programme on violence prevention was highlighted


2011

Somali Region SOMALILAND

Top 10 female graduates from secondary and intermediate schools in Somaliland were honoured by APD for their achievements

APD

Patriarchal OCTOBER

society in Somaliland often bars women from access to education

our local partner in Somaliland is pushing for female education and empowering women to take an active role in driving the future of their country


2011

SOMALI REGION

Watch the video by our local partner PDRC and listen to the voices of Somali women

OCTOBER

Wives and Mums are most affected by violent conflict because they lose their husbands, sons and daughters

Women are taking action in their communities to promote peace


2011

TIMOR-LESTE

KKN is the acronym Timorese use to describe the problem of corruption in their country, meaning “Corruption, Collusion and Nepotism”

OCTOBER

13 districts are being targeted by Interpeace partner CEPAD to gather information and assess problems in preparation for an anti-corruption programme

“We cannot perpetuate the poverty of our people by letting pass this timely opportunity to fight corruption in this early stage of transition to democracy” -João Boavida, Executive Director of CEPAD


2011

TRIBUTE Interpeace and its Somali peacebuilding partners regret to announce the tragic loss of colleague and peacebuilder Abdulkadir Yassin Jama, working for Interpeace partner the Puntland Development Research Centre (PDRC) at their satellite office in Galkayo. He was assassinated on 30th October 2011 while leaving a mosque after prayers in Galkayo, Puntland, Somalia. His life was dedicated to building peace. OCTOBER


2011 “It would be a shame to have lost our loved ones and now we just forget about them.” Abbé Emmanuel Gahitu

BURUNDI

5 300,000 OCTOBER

lost their lives in ethnic civil war between 1993 and 2005

17th October, Interpeace local partner CENAP holds joint Hutu/Tutsi commemoration for the victims of 1993 for the first time

national radio stations broadcasted the event, a positive step forward on the path to reconciliation


2011

GENEVA

Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace, was appointed to the Advisory Council for the development of the European Institute of Peace (EIP)

OCTOBER


2011

Somali Region PUNTLAND

Women often have to bear the brunt of conflict while also being excluded from the policy debate

OCTOBER

PDRC Interpeace’s local partner in Puntland is working to improve women’s standing in society

60 women participated in focus groups and the insights and recommendations will be incorporated in the development of the new security policy


2011

RWANDA

10 years the time Interpeace and local partner IRDP have been supporting reconciliation

3rd Party OCTOBER

assessment of our peacebuilding programme in Rwanda was conducted

The Evaluation concluded the great strategic relevance of the Interpeace programme towards lasting peace in Rwanda


2011

1

GREAT LAKES

workshop hosted by Interpeace with representatives from the African Great Lakes region to share findings

5.4 Million people died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

300,000 in Burundi and

1 Million NOVEMBER

in Rwanda from civil war and violent conflict

600 citizens from the Great Lakes region give their input for an initial report on what connects and divides people living in the region


2011

1

1,000,000 lives were lost in Rwanda during a period of genocide and civil war

1,200 deaths were caused by post election violence in Kenya

NOVEMBER

RWANDA

network to tackle new challenges to peace has been created

The Network plants seeds of peace between Kenyan and Rwandan women


2011

Somali Region SOUTHCENTRAL SOMALIA

1,000,000 tuned in to watch and

1,500 Somalis submitted questions via e-mail, Facebook and phone

20 NOVEMBER

years of civil war have contributed to thousands of deaths while destroying the social fabric of Somali society

1st ever live TV ‘Question and Answer’ session with President of the Republic of Somalia facilitated by Interpeace local partner CRD


2011

TIMOR-LESTE

2

900 NOVEMBER

Timorese were consulted by local partner CEPAD to identify obstacles to peace

1 National Forum

central policy recommendations were produced by the National Forum for implementation

addressing one of the main obstacles to peace: “The promotion of individual and party interests over the national interest�


2011

CENTRAL AMERICA

The Deadliest

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place in the world outside of active war zones

Interpeace

DECEMBER

launched a new initiative in the region called the Latin American Security and Justice Programme


2011

GENEVA

Interpeace is 1 of 4 steering committee members of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

A Critical Mass of peacebuilding actors, resources and expertise in Geneva interact through the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform DECEMBER


2011

GENEVA

A Partnership 2 organizations, Interpeace and Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privĂŠs, form

1 DECEMBER

new partnership based on shared values

is formed that supports our peacebuilding work in countries that have been torn apart by violent conflict and civil war


2011

3,000 Bissau-Guineans took the time to join forces and march for peace

GUINEABISSAU

Highly Complex relationship between civilians and the military is seen as an obstacle to lasting peace DECEMBER

Since 2009 Interpeace local partner Voz di Paz has been working with all parties to restore trust and confidence between civilians and the military


2011

INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE

The International Dialogue

DECEMBER

on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding provides a platform for exchange between fragile and conflict-affected countries and development partners

New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States endorsed at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea

Interpeace coordinated civil society input into the process


2011 Institution wide discussion about

INTERPEACE Strategic Plan

4 strategic aims for 2015

4. Robust 1. Carefully managed growth

DECEMBER

systems and strong financial base

2. Increased learning

3. Influencing international peacebuilding policy and practice


2011

TIMOR-LESTE

2011 Sergio Vieira de Mello Award for Human Rights goes to CEPAD

Interpeace local partner

CEPAD

The Award

DECEMBER

goes to an organization that has made excellent progress in advancing effective dialogue and conflict resolution strategies in Timorese communities

was presented with the award by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and President of Timor-Leste JosĂŠ RamosHorta


2012 JANUARY

The USA GENEVA

represented by Neil Levine of USAID, passed the chairmanship to Sweden, represented by Ambassador Jan Knutsson

25

1 Advisory Council Meeting

Member multistakeholder platform debates and discusses key peacebuilding issues


Photo Credits 1. Mustakbalna/Interpeace 2. Ryan Anson for Interpeace 3. N/A 4. Interpeace 5. N/A 6. Mustakbalna/Interpeace 7. Ryan Anson for Interpeace 8. Interpeace 9. P4DP/JPU/Interpeace 10. Steve Simon/Panos for Interpeace 11. cips/vidaluz for Interpeace 12. Voz di Paz/Interpeace 13. Panos for Interpeace 14. Interpeace 15. Joao Vas for Interpeace 16. Jeffrey Holmes for Interpeace 17. Panos for Interpeace (B4D) 18. N/A 19. Interpeace 20. Interpeace 21. N/A 22. CRD/Interpeace 23. N/A

24. PDRC/Interpeace 25. Voz di Paz/Interpeace 26. N/A 27. APD/Interpeace 28. N/A 29. Steve Tickner for Interpeace 30. Claudio Vasquez 31. N/A 32. Interpeace 33. PDRC/Interpeace 34. IRDP/Interpeace 35. Interpeace 36. IRDP/Interpeace 37. CRD/Interpeace 38. Joao Vas for Interpeace 39. Sandra Sebastian 40. Geneva Peacebuilding Platform 41. Interpeace 42. Voz di Paz/Interpeace 43. Steve Tickner for Interpeace 44. N/A 45. Joao Vas for Interpeace 46. Interpeace


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