Kenya: Amani Communities Africa builds communities of peace based in justice and equality
Amani Communities Africa, Kenya
Amani Communities Africa (ACA, formerly Family Mediation & Conciliation or FAMEC) is a Kenyan-based nonprofit founded in 2001 by a group of women lawyers with a quest to build communities of peace using pillars of peace, justice and equality. The inspiration was to initiate a paradigm shift from litigation and other adversarial methods of conflict resolution to cooperative methods that bring peace, forgiveness, healing and reconciliation in relationships at all levels of human interactions. Amani Communities is a member organisation of Pax Christi International.
ACA has initiated a localization program in Eastern Kenya as a follow-up and sustainability strategy of a successful pilot project. ACA is working in partnership with local partners under the Eastern Cluster 1325 Localization Advocacy Group (ELAG 1325) formed at the end of the pilot project. The pilot project was implemented between March and September 2016. It was spearheaded by Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) in partnership with Amani Communities Africa leading the eastern cluster, Rural Women Peace Link (RWPL) leading the western cluster, and PeaceNet Kenya and Footprints for Change (F4C) acting as conveners and coordination organizations. The pilot project kicked off with a national convening for stakeholders followed by two localization workshops held in six counties which have experienced low-key intransigent conflicts. The two selected cluster pilot counties were Western Region (Bungoma, West Pokot and Uasin Gishu Counties) and Eastern Region (Isiolo, Marsabit and Meru). The participants were drawn from county government officials, religious leaders, community elders, traditional leaders, local women leaders and other relevant constituencies...