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)
March 17, 2017 4:12 PM
The celebrations are part of the key activities under URI’s “project to promote women’s property rights in both Jinja and Mayuge districts in Eastern Uganda,” and is executed by URI together with two Cooperation Circles in that region.Read more...
February 28, 2017 7:30 PM
The United Religions Initiative (URI) and UNAIDS are going to work together in partnership against HIV and AIDS.Read more...
February 28, 2017 11:46 AM
February 21, 2017 6:17 PM
The Executive Director and members of the Lowershire Interfaith Assembly (LSIA) of Southern Malawi in Chikwawa district are very happy to report that on Monday 6th February, 2017, we organised prayers and fellowship as an initiative in the Harmony Week activities.Read more...
February 21, 2017 11:24 AM
February 14, 2017 6:46 PM
Nasolo Cooperation Circle celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week at Blantyre Rural Area. This is an area where there are high levels of gender-based violence, discrimination and stigma towards those living with HIV/AIDS and people with albinismRead more...
February 14, 2017 10:46 AM
We celebrated the Interfaith Harmony Week with our brothers and sisters who are now refugees in Uganda because of the insurgency going on in their country.Read more...
January 31, 2017 6:29 PM
URI-Africa participated at the partners strategy meeting on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in Youth” held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 27, 2017.Read more...
January 27, 2017 4:37 PM
Despite the religiously-motivated violence and ongoing war in Somalia, peaceful recovery looms across Somalia due to the conflict transformation efforts still going on countrywide.Read more...
January 25, 2017 4:05 PM