FROM INSTITUTE TO ORGANIZATION
Formerly known as " Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute", GLPI has now become a full organization under the new name "Great Lakes Peacebuilding Initiative"
GLPI was founded in 2004 by 4 organizations including:
• Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation under the Cross (MIPAREC) from Burundi,
• Friends Peace House (FPH) from Rwanda,
• Council for Peace and Reconciliation (COPARE) from the DRC and
• Mennonite Central Committee- MCC USA / CANADA)
GLPI intervenes through 3 main programs:
The Peacebuilding Institute
which grants advanced and high quality courses in Peacebuilding and Development with opportunities
for field practice.
After the training, the alumni organize themselves locally in structures (chapters) through which they initiate peace actions in their localities.
Through these structures, GLPI continues to support their initiatives.
GLPI, in collaboration with its
professors, partners, laureates and other peace universities conducts research on various topics related to peace and conflict, designs training modules and other publications on testimonies and practitioners' experiences.
GLPI in collaboration with institutions such as Churches and Christian Ministries conducts a peace education program in schools.
Programs and Services
A month-long training with several courses on peacebuilding and organizational and community development, including learning visits, team building activities, and special education sessions.
Regional connections fostered among peace and development practitioners applying new learnings and frameworks
Several options of one-week course modules on various peacebuilding and development themes relevant to the needs of the Great Lakes region
Efforts to grow knowledge and improve analyses on current peacebuilding and development trends
Capacity building opportunities tailored to specific organizations and their staff and partners
Developing synergies among organizations and communities engaged in strategic peacebuilding and developing new training opportunities to respond to their capacity building needs