Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders is a new award recognising the best emerging local peace organisations in conflict-affected countries. It looks for innovative ways to promote peace, led by local people in their own communities. It aims to find and recognise the best emerging peace organisations led by local people, in conflict-affected countries worldwide. In 2013, its first year, we received 244 applications from 54 countries.
The four award-winning organisations will receive an award of $4,000 each, plus the opportunity to attend an international peacebuilders’ conference hosted by Peace Direct, and promotion of their work online. The scheme is based on an open entry from grassroots organisations (with turnovers below $40,000 pa) and judged by an international panel of experts.
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The prize winners 2013
Community Network for Social Justice, Uganda
Community Network for Social Justice (CNSJ) is working not only to rescue child soldiers kidnapped by Joseph Kony’s LRA but to ensure they have a meaningful place in communities they come home to. The legacy of conflict has left a generation bearing the physical and emotional scars of war. Many young people feel they little hope for a better future, and risk falling into life of crime or returning to violence. CNSJ gives them the skills and confidence to build a new life. Read more about their work.
Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó, Colombia
Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó is a community dedicated to showing the people of war-ravaged northern Colombia that peaceful cohabitation is possible even amidst the violence. For 15 years, the community has stood firm in their commitment to peace and non-violence, even when violence has been directed towards them. More than 250 members of the community have been killed since 1997. Read more about their work.
Kapamagogopa counteracts prejudice between Muslims and Christians in the insurgency-affected province of Mindanao, Philippines, by introducing Muslim volunteers into community organisations run by Christians. By empowering Muslim volunteers to apply their talents helping Christian communities, Kapamagogopa bridge the deep-rooted religious divides between them. Read more about their work.
Peace Solutions International (Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Peace Solutions International (PSI) taps into the acting talents of refugees in Uganda to shoot and air low-budget films that educate people how to build peace motivating them to return home ready to do so. Uganda has a substantial refugee population. Each community of refugees often bring with them their own divisions, prejudices and psychological wounds from the conflicts they have fled. As different communities compete for the scarce and limited resources on offer, tensions between them have invariably flared. PSI brings communities together to build trust, understanding and peace. Read more about their work.
The judging panel
The four award-winning organisations were chosen by an international panel of experts. Read full profiles of the judges.
Former attorney, Dishani Jayaweera, is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (CPBR), one of Peace Direct’s longest term partner organisations.
Lord Jack McConnell
Lord Jack McConnell is the longest serving First Minister of Scotland. He served as First Minister from 2001 to 2007. He served as Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs from 2000 to 2001 and he was Minister for Finance from 1999 to 2000. He was the MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw from 1999 to 2011.
Bridget Moix has worked for 15 years in the national and international policy arenas on peacebuilding and violence prevention issues. She is currently a Research Fellow with the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University. She also works as an Atrocities Prevention Fellow consulting with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Michael Ryder CMG
Michael began his career in diplomatic service with the British Foreign Office in the 1980s. Recently, he was the UK’s Special Representative to Sudan and South Sudan during the period of South Sudan’s independence; the UK’s Senior Civilian Representative in Helmand, Afghanistan; and Deputy Ambassador in Kabul.
Nat B. Walker is currently an independent peacebuilding and development consultant with over twelve years of experience working with Local and international organizations including the Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Conservation International and United Nations Development Program.
We would like to thank the generous supporters of the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competiton. Funding has been received from The Rockwool Foundation, the Blandford Lake Trust, the Serve All Trust and the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.
We would also like to offer our thanks to International Bridges to Justice (IBJ). TheirJusticeMakers project runs a competition that identifies, trains, and funds change-agents worldwide who are committed to advocating for positive reforms within their respective countries. IBJ have offered invaluable technical advice to us in design and preparation for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders.
The initiative PerMondo and its volunteers have helped to translate some of our application forms into English and we are very grateful for their work. The initiative is sponsored by Mondo Agit translation agency. Volunteers from PerMondo were: Kristin Dale, Marine Beldjerba and Jenny Burton.
Other volunteer translators were: Hannah Sloss, Nikky Houlihan, Carlos Mario, and Iler Rivera-Chicas.