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“A Mediator Doesn’t Get Tired”

by Gabrielle Solanet and Jean-Paul Nicondindiriye on April 9, 2015

Over the last ten years, more than 500,000 ethnic-Hutu refugees came back to their homes in southern Burundi, from neighboring Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. Disputes between residents and returnees who are claiming their land back after a decade-long absence are one of the main causes of conflict in […]

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Hope, Courage, Entrepreneurship: Shiva’s Story

by Ayush Joshi on April 2, 2015

Shiva Tharu, 36, is one of many Nepalese women who personally experienced the dire consequences of conflict. Her eyes moisten when she talks about her husband, who disappeared during fighting.  “The army came to our house and took my husband to the nearby camp. After three days I […]

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My Brother and I

by Search for Common Ground on April 1, 2015

Siblings don’t always see eye to eye. They disagree, argue, and want to prove each other wrong. Often, when all is said and done, they work out an agreement and make peace. But for brothers Oussama and Souhaib Hakiri, who were raised under the same roof, finding common […]

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Seven Reasons Congress Should Be Watching Saturday’s Elections in Nigeria

by Mike Jobbins on March 26, 2015

This article first appeared in The Hill on March 26th, 2015. You were horrified by the news of the 300 kidnapped girls taken from their school by Boko Haram. You’ve heard violent attacks in Nigeria before. You know Nigeria is located in Africa somewhere. But with everything going […]

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Our Rapid Response to Violent Conflict

by Vanessa Corlazzoli on March 16, 2015

Violent conflict is not static. While changing political, social, economic and cultural circumstances impact its dynamics in the long run, more immediate events – a sudden change in local leadership, a series of protests, an accident, or even the passing of the seasons – impress a new direction […]

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Former Anti-Balaka Officials End Violence in Bangui

by Search for Common Ground on March 9, 2015

Hervé Yombo and Roger Ouabiro were active members of one of the Central African Republic’s most violent militia groups. For nine long days in October 2014, they found themselves at a crossroads when a wave of violence arose throughout the country’s capital, Bangui. Members of the Christian radical […]

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#teXchange Nairobi 2015, where digital technology meets social change

by Bryan Weiner on February 25, 2015

“Can’t they raise chickens?” Dr. Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Technology, asked this question to an eager audience at Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica. “Today all eggs come from France. People in the Congo are walking barefoot, without jobs. Can’t they raise chickens? Why […]