Religious Leaders

Holy Sites: Safeguarding Places of Worship in Northern Nigeria

In Nigeria, we support key religious leaders who ensure the protection of holy sites as places for peace and reconciliation, rather than targets of acts of violence.

Religious Leaders Convene for the Protection of Holy Sites in Nigeria

On June 12-13, more than 50 religious leaders from the Nigerian Christian and Muslim communities met at our event in Abuja.

Participate in Search – Nigeria’s Photo and Video Essay Contest!

As part of our project on the protection of Holy Sites, we are launching a contest for Nigerian photographers and filmmakers.

Clerics seek protection of worship centers in the Northeast of Nigeria

Muslim and Christian leaders from the northeast have called for the adoption of the Universal Code of Conduct on the protection of holy sites and places of worship across the country.

Where is our common ground?

Police and community distrust. Racial tension and violence. Fear of other religions. Urban-rural division. Journalism that inflames rather than enlightens. Political logjams. Lack of government transparency. Search has been solving these problems in countries around the world for 35 years. Now it’s time to deal with them in […]

Baseline study of “Zo Kwè Zo” and Final Evaluation of “Better Together” – May 2016

This study constitutes the baseline evaluation for the project “Zo Kwè Zo” – “All people are people” – and the final evaluation of the project “Better together”. Both projects are funded by USAID and take place in Bangui, Bangassou and Bossangoa. The new project aims to complete the former one, and its global objective is to prevent inter-communitarian violence and to support an inclusive peacebuilding process in CAR. The main activities planned are joint activities with Christian and Muslim youth, youth coaching, radio programs, local dialogue and civil society capacity building.

The project “Better Together” was highly relevant to beneficiaries. Those who received training in conflict management are now involved in their communities, and the civil society could launch a platform who works in the sectors of justice, health, elections and DDRR. However, the project was interrupted from time to time, and the baseline study reveals that even if the security situation improved in the last 8 months, it is still very fragile and there is little information shared with the population around DDRR (disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation). The community perceives that social cohesion has improved, but there are still issues related to the access to basic social services and human rights enforcement. As far as the media sector is concerned, logistical constraints are still huge and isolated communities may lack of access to the radio. However, the population is claiming for more information through this channel and especially on topics such as DDRR or social cohesion. Sensitization broadcasts played a large role in calming the situation in CAR, but the sector is still struggling to analyze its own impact. The baseline study also reveals that religious and community leaders, traditional authorities and Peace and Mediation Committees are the key people to peacefully solve conflicts in the communities, while State infrastructure and governance remain very weak.

This Is Some Much Needed Heartwarming News From Central Africa

Read Buzzfeed’s article on a historic march we organized with local leaders in Bangui, Central African Republic.