Africa is a home for one-eighth of the human family and it is the cradle of humanity. It is a continent rich in history, culture, natural resources, and diversity of religions, people, and ethnicity. It is a continent of unity in diversity.
URI Cooperation Circles in Africa are actively engaged in: peace-building, social development, access to healthcare, education for girl children, environmental protection, promoting the teaching of the Golden Rule “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” good governance, reconciliation, social justices, human dignity and empowerment of youth. They address the issues of HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, violent extremism, radicalization, and hate speech. They encourage dialogue among different religions, cultures & ethnicity groups.
At the heart of much of this work is the commitment to increasing civic participation at all levels of society and fostering good working partnerships with all stakeholders, including policy-makers, in the effort of making the vision of a peaceful, united and prosperous Africa a reality.
As URI is a bridge-building, interfaith organization, URI Africa is working in enhancing working partnerships with different organizations. URI Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union Commission, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and African Media Initiative (AMI), among many other organizations.
URI Africa works in close partnership with the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union and the Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) of the African Union Commission in promoting interfaith and intercultural harmony and peaceful co-existence in Africa.
The Regional Director of URI Africa, Ambassador Mussie Hailu, has been actively working in fostering working partnerships between URI and policy-makers in Africa. He works to raise the visibility of URI and its member organizations in Africa, through representing URI at the Africa Union and the UN office in Africa.
IN 2007, URI Africa established the Africa Peace Award to recognize the committed, effective leadership that is currently being exercised to bring sustainable peace, development, environmental protection, democracy, good leadership, reconciliation, inter-religious and inter-cultural harmony and peaceful co-existence in the continent. The award helps create role models of non-violence and peace-builders throughout Africa.
THE URI AFRICA SUPPORT TEAM
Africa Continent (based in Nairobi, Kenya)
Great Lakes (based in Kampala, Uganda)
Western Africa (based in Abuja, Nigeria)
Horn of Africa (based in Djibouti)
Southern Africa (based in Western Cape, South Africa)
April 26, 2017 9:15 AM
Youth Actions in Development Activities CC is implementing a good governance project in Blantyre District (Malawi).
The project is aiming at lobbying for youth involvement in local structures of decision making bodies at different levels.
April 11, 2017 4:39 PM
It was the first time such a celebration was scheduled in Somalia, due to the prolonged civil war and religiously-motivated violence that has been going on throughout the entire nation since 1991. The celebration inspired a new hope for peace.Read more...
April 7, 2017 5:38 PM
Read the latest newsletter from URI Great Lakes Africa, including Women's Day celebrations honoring women who work hard without pay to support their families and communities, World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrations with refugees, and more.Read more...
April 5, 2017 5:22 PM
URI Southern Africa hosted an Interfaith Youth Leadership Workshop, bringing together the young people in the Cooperation Circles in the Gauteng/Johannesburg Region, to explore the meaning of Human Rights Day in connection with the possibilities of youth leadership.Read more...
April 5, 2017 11:20 AM
URI Africa presented its Africa Peace Award to OFLA in appreciation and acknowledgment of the outstanding work of OAFLA to improve the health and well-being of women, adolescents and children of Africa.Read more...
March 30, 2017 3:45 PM
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March 28, 2017 4:25 PM
The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) and United Religions Initiative-Africa (URI-Africa) signed a partnership agreement to enhance the working partnership at the national, sub-regional and continental levels in Africa to promote a culture of peace.Read more...
March 23, 2017 4:54 PM
We organized a community interfaith event in thankfulness for a good rain season, to collect charity for people who lost their homes to floods, and to stand against the murder of albinos, which is an unfortunately common occurrence.Read more...
March 20, 2017 5:27 PM
These are some photos of the International Women’s Day celebration in Kaduna, Nigeria.Read more...