GLPI'S 2018 Annual Narrative Report
Published by GLPI on December 28, 2018
The Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute (GLPI) is a regional peacebuilding training institute that covers the African Great Lakes Region, with its main office based in Burundi. Since its founding in 2004, GLPI commits to peace education, capacity building, and peacebuilders’ engagement in the region, hoping to impart values that promote peace, reconciliation, and healing in a region that has experienced unspeakable atrocities and continues to face political, economic, and security challenges.
Also, GLPI strives to bring together peacebuilders from the region to collectively build the pursuit for peace, the search for non-violent alternatives, and the knowledge and skills that bring about a holistic transformation of values and mindsets that challenge injustices and abuses.
Year 2018 witnessed this continued growth of GLPI. First, we have successfully held our Annual Peacebuilding Trainings in the month of October, gathering peace practitioners from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Kenya and Uganda, who undertook courses on conflict analysis, peacebuilding frameworks, trauma healing, and peace and development. Second, we successfully offered a special module on youth peace clubs, training school administrators, church representatives, and youth leaders in terms of peacebuilding in school, church, and community contexts. Third, we also organized a regional alumni network meeting, convening alumni representatives of GLPI, sharing stories and testimonies of change, and building a support network of peacebuilders in the African Great Lakes Region.
Moreover, Year 2018 also saw GLPI’s continued engagement with several peacebuilding networks and development organizations in the region for the purpose of mutual learning, collaboration and support. We also strived to strengthen our organizational processes, coordination mechanisms, and administrative procedures so that our partners and training participants enjoy our service and commitment for providing a safe space for transformative learning.
This annual report explains these trajectories we take, as well as some testimonies from our participants, and our plans and aspirations for the next year(s) to come.
We thank our founding partners, the Ministry for Peace and Reconciliation under the Cross (MIPAREC) in Burundi, the Friends Peace House (FPH) in Rwanda, and the Conseil pour la Paix et Reconciliation (COPAREC) in DRC, and our funding support support partner, the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), for the continued support to the growth and development of GLPI. We also thank our training participants, our alumni network, our networks, our supporters and friends for believing in the mission of GLPI and helping us to promote our institute among the interested peace and development practitioners in the African Great Lakes Region.