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Who we are 

Africa Peace is a pan-African, apolitical, non-racial, non-religious, non-sexist and non-profit advocacy, humanitarian action and capacity building non-governmental organization for peace, and youth and women participation in development.

Africa Peace was founded on March 10, 2002 and registered in the Republic of Benin.

Our vision

The vision of Africa Peace is a peaceful and prosperous Africa where youth and women are fully participating in development.

Our mission

Africa Peace's mission is to promote peace and the participation of young people and women in the development of Africa.

 

Our goals

  1. Participate in peacebuilding, including the prevention of violence; conflict management, resolution or transformation; and post-conflict reconciliation or trauma healing before, during and after any instance of violence; the promotion of gender, human rights and democracy.
  2. Mobilize and provide humanitarian assistance to destitute orphaned and widowed children, those affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and famine in Africa;
  3. Advocate and build the capacities of young people and women for their participation in peace building and development in Africa.

Our history

Africa Peace was founded on March 10, 2002 by Daniel Edah in follow up of his participation to the African Youth for a Culture of Peace Conference, a training-conference organised June 30 – July 7th, 2001 in Franschoek, Cape Town, South Africa by the Netherlands based United Nations of Youth Foundation (now UNOY Peacebuilders, www.unoy.org), in close collaboration with the Quaker Peace Centre (QPC), the Centre of Conflict Resolution and Clive Newman Conferences (CNC) all based in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Africa Peace was founded with the clear ambition of empowering African youth for peace and development, starting with allowing more youth leaders who did not have the opportunity to attend the African conference in South Africa to have access to the content of the peacebuilding training-conference and to join the UNOY African Network of Young Peacebuilers.

 

 

Africa Peace experienced a cessation of activity from 2010 to 2022 due to the unavailability of its founding members for professional reasons and the non-existence of salaried staff. 

 

On June 4, 2022, Africa Peace held a General Assembly to resume its activities with professionalism and going continental, including African Diaspora. 

 

A new charter is adopted and a transitional period of twelve months has been decreed in order to recruit new membership and elect new Board members, including the appointment of regional coordinators and national representatives. 

 

If you believe in peace, join us now!

Key achievements

The first major project was the West African Youth Training-Seminar for Peacebuilding held November 9 – 16, 2002 in Abomey-Calavi, Benin, in close partnership with UNOY Peacebuilders. A total of 75 participants, trainers and faciliators came from 19 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Canada Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Netherlands, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and USA). The main trainer was Dr Paul W. Meerts, the same main trainer of the African Youth for a Culture of Peace Conference held in South Africa. The opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Leisure of the Republic of Benin, Mr Valentin Houde and the training was a successful project with the support of the Dutch Government via UNOY, Plan International Netherlands, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa. Thanks to Africa Peace, Benin diplomats had the opportunity half a day training in international negotiations by Dr Paul W Meerts at the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in presence of the Dutch Ambassador to Benin, H.E. Saskia N. Bakker

Apart from training more than 100 youth leaders in computer science (Word & Excel software) thanks to Gilbert Cujean of Deltalink Switzerland and to Ynternet.Org, another Swiss organization, the participation in several Civil Society networks such as Network for Adolescents and Youth of Africa, West African Network of Peacebuilders, African Network of Young Peacebuilders or Social Watch Benin, other milestones of Africa Peace are :

  • the two Human Security for Benin Children Forums held in 2003 and 2004 hosted in Benin at the initiative of the Canadian organization Enfants d’ici et d’ailleurs – EIA;
  • the two editions of the Benin Intercultural Camp on HIV/Aids prevention & girls’ education in the municipality of Djakotomey in 2003, and the peace campaign to prevent electoral violence in the municipalities of Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Abomey and Parakou in 2004 with participants from Algeria, Belgium, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ghana, Italy, Liberia, Mali, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Spain and Togo
  • the Regional capacity building workshop on NEPAD and APRM for young leaders from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo, February 2005, Palais des Congrès, Cotonou, Benin, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to Benin then with residence in Abidjan, Cote d'ivoire, the NEPAD Secretariat (ADUA NEPAD) and the General Secretariat of the Forum of African Parliamentarians for NEPAD.
  • the Sub regional capacity building workshop on democracy and the OIF Bamako Declaration, for youth leaders from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Togo held in 2009, Grand Popo, Benin with technical and financial partnership of the International Organization of La Francophonie;
  • General Assembly meeting for relaunch held on June 04, 2022, and sanctioned by the adoption of a governance charter at the African continental level;
  • The first continental General Assembly meeting held on July 23, 2022 and sanctioned by the designation of regional coordinators and country representatives to constitute the provisional continental Executive Board  and the adoption of an action plan for the period July - December 2022.
In the picture, from left : James GIBSON, Director Plan Benin, Maria KOOIJMAN, Executive Secretary, UNOY Foundation, Daniel EDAH, Executive Director, Africa Peace and Valentin HOUDE, Minister of Youth, Sports and Leisure of the Republic of Benin, at the opening ceremony of the West African Youth Training-Seminar for Peacebuilding, November 9, 2002.

 

 

Africa Peace,

A long term Vision for Peace and Africa Development!

 

Since 2002

 

 

 

 

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Carre 486, Quartier Jericho,

Cotonou, Littoral

Republic of Benin

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