The Project which is funded by Macarthur Foundation through the Mambaya House is geared toward fighting corruption using faith based approach/pedagogy.
Engaging Local Actors to Promote Peaceful Coexistence among Herders and Farmers in Taraba State (ELAPPCOE)
ELAPPCOE is a two-years project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Pact West Africa and the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) as lead partner in collaboration with the Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN), The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Taraba State, North East Nigeria. The goal of the project is to increase political and economic stability and promote peaceful coexistence in the state between Farmers (Crop farmers) and Herders (Livestock farmers) in the state. The four Intervention LGAs are Bali, Wukari, Gassol and Gashaka Local Government Areas.
Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP)
The goal of the activity is to promote peaceful coexistence and stability in Nigeria. The purpose is to mitigate violent conflict in targeted communities in selected states. This will be achieved through two sub-purposes. The primary sub-purpose is to strengthen conflict prevention, mediation and early warning. This will be accomplished by empowering communities to mitigate and manage conflict as well as to resist violent extremism – and to do so in a way that can be replicated and scaled up to ensure the sustainability of the impact beyond the life of CIPP. The secondary sub-purpose is to improve linkages between conflict mitigation and other Mission sectoral programs.
This activity will address issues regarding violent conflict and reventing violent extremism (PVE) in selected communities in target states, and will also work with relevant government agencies and CSO platforms at the national level.
Since 2012, the Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC) has been engaged in implementing a five year project tagged ‘Training of Leaders on Religious & National Coexistence’ (TOLERANCE). The project aims to increase political stability and ensure development in the North East, North West and North Central Nigeria by:-
- Building Peaceful Coexistence among different faiths
- Mitigating extremism through strategic interventions and
- Increasing legitimacy and capacity of governance structures to defend religious freedom.
Imam Ashafa and Pastor James with the Chair Person of Riyom LG, the Vice Chairman of Kaura LG, the Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Plateau State, the Attah Aten of Ganawuri, the Deputy Surveyor General, Kaduna State in a group photograph with some members of the boundary adjustment committee from Kaduna and Plateau States during an advocacy visit in preparation for the pastoralists/farmers intervention in May, 2014
Through targeted peace interventions, training in dialogue practices and network building, we aim to reduce ethno-religious conflict and improve religious tolerance in Nigeria.
The project is focusing on six states – Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states with carefully selected peace models and flashpoint communities. To achieve this, IMC and its partners are guided by several overarching specific objectives, which are to:-
- Strenghthen Early Warning/Early Response
- Build trust and relationships
- Enhance peaceful coexistence among different faiths
Through guided interventions of trust building workshops that engage new actors in the methods of successful mediation amongst grass-root networks and advocacy visits and lobbying of traditional leaders and government actors, we are able to enhance trust and relationship building amongst and between our target communities in Nigeria.
IMC collaborates with Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT)
The IMC is pleased to be the Nigerian supporting partner for The Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT), an international network of mayors, councilors, municipal officials, business people, and representatives of the voluntary and community sector. The Forum works on the principle that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in the same situation. For more information regarding this initiative, please visit the Forum for Cities in Transition.
Kaduna FCT Participants Shehu Musa Yaradua Indoor Hall, Murtala Mohammed Square
The fourth annual gathering of the Forum for Cities in Transition was held in Kaduna, Nigeria, on the 4-8th of November 2013, hosted by the Kaduna State Government, under the stewardship of His Excellency Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, who welcomed delegates in the opening ceremony in the Murtala Muhammed Square. The Governor also attended several conference sessions and participated in workshop discussions.
Kaduna Forum Members Pastor James and Imam Ashafa His Excellency Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and FCT Director Professor Padraig O’Malley
Thirteen FCT member cities participated: Baghdad, Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kirkuk, Mitrovicë/Kosovska Mitrovica, Mitte, Mostar, Ramallah, Sarajevo, Srebrenica and Tripoli. Delegates included mayors, councilors, municipal officers, and representatives of the business, voluntary and community sectors. This was the first ever gathering with an international presence of this size and scope in Kaduna’s history.
Quintin Oliver chairs panel discussion Baghdad delegates: Nawal al-Araji and Taghreed al-Shammar
Seven Nigerian cities that experience the highest level of Muslim-Christian violence also participated: Maiduguri, Jos, Bauchi, Kano, Ibadan and Warri. One of the most significant outcomes of the annual gathering was their pledge to launch a first ever peace hub in Kaduna, which will serve to mediate tensions and build peace among the diverse communities of these northern Nigerian cities.
FCT 2013 Kaduna was not a conference per se but a continuation of annual gatherings hosted in Mitrovicë/Kosovska Mitrovica (2010), Derry-Londonderry (2011), and Kirkuk (2012). The linkages among FCT cities as they move from one gathering to the next, along with an on-going review of the implementation of its outcomes, are the cornerstones of a functioning Forum.