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URI Africa has been a cornerstone region for our global network since URI’s inception. 

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.


Africa Continent (based in Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Mussie Hailu, Global Envoy of URI, Regional Director for URI Africa and URI Representatives to the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, UNEP and the United Nations Office in Africa 
  • Nyambura Mundia, Administration Officer
  • Biniam Tassew, Accountant

Great Lakes (based in Kampala, Uganda)

  • Despina Namwembe, Regional Coordinator
  • Sylvia Nazziwa, Office Assistant 
  • Zaria Ddamulira, Legal and Human Rights officer, Assistant to the Regional Coordinator
  • Hannington Wako, Youth Officer 
  • Edith Ayapo, Accountant
  • Nakyejwe Maywood, CC Liaison

Western Africa (based in Abuja, Nigeria)

  • Emmanuel Ivorgba, URI Western Africa Regional Coordinator
  • Ms. Tina Abeku Hassan, CC Liaison Officer/Communications Officer
  • Korsi Senyo, URI Country Contact for Ghana
  • Peter Ijigue Monkom, Office Assistant

Horn of Africa (based in Djibouti)

  • Mahamoud Sougueh, URI Horn of Africa Regional Coordinator

Southern Africa (based in Western Cape, South Africa)

  • Karen Barensche, URI Southern Africa  Regional Coordinator
  • Sarah Oliver, Youth Development Officer
  • Yara Costa, CC Liaison Officer/PA Administrator

May peace prevail in the Africa Region.

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Ambassador Mussie Hailu


P.O. Box 7785

Addis Ababa Ethiopia


(251) 11-6-627-237

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March 29, 2017 6:58 PM

Young Leaders Training in West Africa

From March 17-18, 2017, URI West Africa hosted 47 young men and women in Makurdi, Benue State, in North-Central Nigeria, for a two-day Young Leaders Program.


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Emmanuel Ivorgba


March 28, 2017 4:25 PM

WPPS & URI-Africa Sign Agreement to Promote Culture of Peace in Africa

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.


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March 23, 2017 4:54 PM

Interfaith Event Helps Flood Victims, Stands Against Albino Murders

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.


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Lilongwe CC


March 20, 2017 5:27 PM

International Women’s Day celebration in Kaduna, Nigeria

These are some photos of the International Women’s Day celebration in Kaduna, Nigeria.


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Africa Region


March 17, 2017 4:12 PM

URI Great Lakes Celebrates Women's Day

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.


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Despina Namwembe


February 28, 2017 7:30 PM

URI and UNAIDS to Join Hands in the Fight Against AIDS

The United Religions Initiative (URI) and UNAIDS are going to work together in partnership against HIV and AIDS. 


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URI News Desk


February 28, 2017 11:46 AM

Burning Abused Alcohol in Gulu District

Golden Women Vision Uganda, together with people of different faiths, joined in a march with the aim of stopping heavy drinking in Gulu District.


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February 21, 2017 6:17 PM

Our Harmony Week Activities

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.


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February 21, 2017 11:24 AM

The Weekly Shot: Welcoming Refugees in Uganda

We found out that many locals had given up pieces of their land to host the refugees.


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February 14, 2017 6:46 PM

Supporting Orphans and the Elderly for World Interfaith Harmony Week

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 albinism


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