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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.

THE URI AFRICA SUPPORT TEAM

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
  • Hawa Noor, Communications Associate

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

Address:

P.O. Box 7785

Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Phone:

(251) 11-6-627-237

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December 24, 2016 2:55 PM

URI Great Lakes Africa Regional Newsletter

URI Great Lakes Region publishes this beautiful newsletter featuring news and photos from URI members working in the Great Lakes Africa region. 

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December 12, 2016 9:24 AM

The Weekly Shot: Shalom Ghana Group Co-Operative

Taking advantage of URI’s global network, two Cooperation Circles have connected to better serve their communities. 

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The Weekly Shot

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December 9, 2016 5:21 PM

The Cultural Kitchen is a Strong Example

The Cultural Kitchen is a strong example of how women everywhere can help empower one another, provide opportunities, learning and build community with one another.

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Katherine Hreib

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November 29, 2016 4:16 PM

URI-Africa and Peace One Day Sign Agreement to Promote Culture of Peace in Africa

United Religions Initiative - Africa and Peace One Day signed an agreement to further enhance the working partnership between the two organizations to promote a culture of peace in Africa.

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Mussie Hailu

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November 27, 2016 5:31 PM

Peace, Security, Stability and Silencing the Guns in Africa

URI-Africa took part in a consultation meeting on “the role of civil society organizations in the promotion of peace, security, stability and silencing the guns in Africa.”

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Mussie Hailu

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November 23, 2016 4:19 PM

Faith Works Africa: Partnership for Peace and Prosperity

URI-Africa took part in the international conference on the theme of “Faith Works Africa: Partnership for Peace and Prosperity” held in Abuja, Nigeria from October 18 to 20, 2016.

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Mussie Hailu

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November 22, 2016 11:36 AM

A Collaborative Project

Our Cooperation Circle is working together with Bumblebee Foundation Cooperation Circle to create renewable projects, a sustainable village/cottage industry, food security, and more.

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November 17, 2016 12:12 PM

The Ideal of a Decolonized Education System

A decolonized education system is the key to broaden one individual's mindset to understand the perspectives of different authors from different countries. 
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October 31, 2016 7:18 PM

News from URI - Africa Great Lakes Region

Keep up with stories of grassroots action in the Great Lakes region.

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October 25, 2016 5:28 PM

October Newsletter - URI Southern Africa

Keep up with the latest news from URI Southern Africa region.

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Karen Barensche

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