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Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute

PO Box 1470, Bujumbura, Burundi


+257 76 94 1981

© 2019 by GLPI. 

Welcome to our October 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Trainings in Burundi! 

Deadline of Applications (extended): September 22, 2019

Course Facilitators

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Issa Sadi Ebombolo currently serves as Mennonite Central Committee Zambia and Malawi peacebuilding coordinator. He provides peace resourcing to MCC Zambia, Malawi and the MCC Southern Africa region. He is the chair of the MCC Africa Peace Network (MAPN). He is also a co-facilitator at the Africa Peace Institute (API) in Johannesburg in South Africa, along with his wife, Pamela Siyanchobezhi. Issa and Pamela have a 15-year old daughter named Faraja Sadi. Issa is a specialist in setting up peace clubs with expertise in building peace with young people, church leaders and refugees. He is a co-founder of Peace Clubs, which created peace clubs in more than 650 schools in Africa and has founded several peace initiatives in schools, religious institutions and prisons in Canada. He worked as the director of a nonprofit organization Peace Club Zambia for 10 years. Prior to that, Issa worked as a Peace Education Facilitator in Zambian refugee camps with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Project Coordinator for Maheba Messengers of Peace. He received a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo in Canada and Bachelor of Art in Development Studies at Zambian Open University in Lusaka Zambia. 

Week 1 (Sept 30-Oct4): Conflict Analysis in the Great Lakes Region 

Peacebuilding Track


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Mulanda Jimmy Juma, PhD, holds a Doctoral degree (Ph.D) in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy and a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.


Dr Juma is a Senior Lecturer at St. Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg, where he contributed significantly to initiation and the development of Peace Studies program. He previously served as the Regional Peace Advisor for Southern Africa with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), where he resourced Country Representatives in Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe on peace-building and justice. Prior to joining MCC, he worked as the Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Centre for Peace, Good Governance and Human Rights at Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Zambia where he organized international Seminars and annual commemorations events in Ndola of the life and legacy of the former General Secretary of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld. Dr. Juma specialises in peace-building, organisational and community reconciliation, trauma healing, human rights, good governance, electoral conflict management, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of former combatants (DDR) and post-war reconstruction, human rights and human security.

Currently, he is the Representative of the Mennonite Central Committee for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola. 

Week 2 (Oct7-11): Fundamental Frameworks for Peacebuilding (Mediation, Negotiation & Reconciliation) 

Peacebuilding Track


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Rev. Ray Motsi, PhD, is passionate about peace and conflict transformation. He is an ordained Baptist minister and was the senior pastor of Bulawayo Baptist Church for 23 years. Ray Motsi got both his MA Degree in Hebrew Language and Old Testament and PhD in Conflict Transformation and Trauma Healing from Pretoria University in South Africa. He founded an NGO called Grace to Heal (GtH) whose main purpose is conflict transformation and community and personal trauma healing. As part of his social responsibility he is a co-founder and Chairperson for the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA) which is a national network of Christian leaders whose objective is to contribute to the national debate from a faith based approach. Currently, Ray is also involved as the thematic leader of the Zimbabwean National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) in charge of Memorialisation.


Ray Motsi has been involved in Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Africa Peace Institute (API) from 2005 as a participant and then taught in Mindolo in Zambia and took MCC missions in peace building and conflict transformation to Zambia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, South Sudan, USA and Canada.


Rev. Dr Ray leads the Theological College of Zimbabwe (TCZ) as a President since 2011. He is the Africa Peace Institute (API) coordinator since 2016.

Week 3  (Oct 14-18): Understanding and Response to Stress and Trauma

Peacebuilding Track


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William Kiptoo is the peacebuilding coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Kenya. He joined MCC in June 2014 after several years of work in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. His work has focused on faith-based peacebuilding interventions, grassroots civil society development, and fostering democratic political culture in transitional societies. William has trained peace workers in the Philippines, worked with political parties, assisted the peace process in Kenya, and has been involved in peacebuilding interventions in Uganda and Tanzania. He served as the peacebuilding and research adviser for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Philippines and Kenya, as well as for the National Council of Churches of Kenya. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame, a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling from Kenya Methodist University, and a Diploma in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, Kitwe, Zambia.

Week 4  (Oct 21-25): Conflict Sensitivity and Do-No-Harm Approaches

Peacebuilding Track


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Rogers Odima currently serves as a Board Member of Change Agents for Peace International (CAPI), a non-governmental organization that carries out peace work in East Africa and the Great Lakes Region. Rogers is a capacity building expert and a peacebuilding practitioner. He has been trained as a TOT facilitator in the Turning the Tide Program which is a program that promotes nonviolence in communities. He has taught in several universities, corporate organizations, churches and communities. He has a Master’s Degree from Leeds University in UK. He is also a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Professional Trainers Association of Kenya. He trained in the area of Total Quality Management in the world famous Juran Institute Connecticut in USA. Rogers has facilitated training programs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Seychelles, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is pursuing his doctorate degree from the Methodist University (KEMU) in Kenya.

Week 1  (Sept 3-Oct 4): Organizational and Community Leadership

Organizational and Community Development Track


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Christine Sumog-oy is the Peacebuilding Coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Burundi, and is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute. She holds a Master's Degree in International Peace Studies, specializing in Organizational Leadership and Management, which she earned from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA in May 2016. She is also one of the 2013 Global Leader Fellows of the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Christine has seven years of work experience in designing, implementing, and managing peacebuilding programs in Mindanao, Philippines. She also was involved in immigration rights and community organizing with the Asian American communities in Chicago, USA and in transitional justice work in Gulu, northern Uganda. She is currently involved in the peacebuilding committee that focuses on the operationalization of peacebuilding goals and priorities of MCC in Africa and is part of the leading team that coordinates the MCC Africa Peace Network (MAPN).

Week 2  (Oct 7-11): Project Design, Implementation and Management

Organizational and Community Development Track


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Prof. Jean Baptiste Habonimana, PhD, holds a Post-Doctorate degree in Leadership and Management and a Doctoral of Philosophy of Business and Economics, majoring in Business Management, which he earned from the Atlantic International University (AIU) in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Bujumbura Light University in Burundi which is in partnership with the Development Associate International (DAI) of Colorado, USA. For his doctorate degree, he published a thesis entitled “Evaluation study of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) programs in Burundi: Case of PTRPC program”. For his post-doctorate studies, he completed the research work entitled “Burundi poverty breakthrough footsteps”. For his Master’s degree, he also completed his thesis entitled “A study of operational risk management for Burundi micro-finance institutions: The case of Kazoza Vision Finance.” He also authored the memoire entitled “Contribution to the study of productivity of Burundi coffee and its impact to national incomes from the period of 1980-1995”, after which he earned his degree from the Faculty of Economics and Administration Sciences at the Burundi University.


Certified as US grants manager, he has served with international organizations in various positions like in Finance, Administration, Procurements, Christian Commitment, etc. Currently, he is contributing in enhancing the capacities of the students of Master programs of various universities in Burundi and in the region in the aspects of leadership and management, economics and microfinance.

Week 3  (Oct 14-18): Fund Raising and Resource Mobilization Strategies

Organizational and Community Development Track


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Jessica Lembelembe is the chief of staff for the President’s Office of Congo Initiative, a Congolese led and founded leader development organization based in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Congo Initiative fosters long-term social change through education, trauma healing and women’s empowerment; prevents land conflict through capacity building in the national land reform process; and promotes rule of law through mentorship of legal professionals. Since 2013, Jessica has supported Congo Initiative through strategic planning, program management, project design, monitoring and evaluation, and donor engagement. Jessica earned a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute in Indiana, USA, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Transformation. She has engaged in post-conflict peacebuilding initiatives in Kenya and Uganda and peace education projects in DRC, China and the United States.

Week 4  (Oct 21-25): Effective Mechanisms for Monitoring and Evaluation

Organizational and Community Development Track