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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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October 5, 2016 2:21 PM

URI-Africa Celebrates Peace

URI-Africa and partners held celebrations to commemorate the International Day of Peace 2016. We gathered a great crowd of up to 80 people.

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Africa Region

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September 19, 2016 8:25 PM

URI Africa Expresses Interest in Partnering with OAFLA

URI Africa's Mussie Hailu met with the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS to collaborate on several gender-based goals. 

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Mussie Hailu

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September 8, 2016 5:06 PM

URI Africa-Great Lakes CC Exchange Program Update

The Great Lakes CCs in URI Africa share progress on their CC exchange program.

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Despina Namwembe

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September 6, 2016 9:56 PM

Introducing Mussie Hailu as URI's New Global Envoy!

URI is proud to announce Ambassador Mussie Hailu as our new Global Envoy

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URI News Desk

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August 31, 2016 7:38 PM

URI Nigeria’s Youth Leadership Development Training in Lagos Public Schools

International Center for Leadership Development CC in Nigeria held a youth leadership training in public schools in Lagos State in early August. 

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August 26, 2016 1:19 PM

Notes from Journalism and Religion Conference in Africa

URI Africa's Mussie Hailu attended a conference on Journalism and Religion in Africa

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Mussie Hailu

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August 24, 2016 9:15 PM

URI Africa Welcomes the Launch of African Union Passport

URI Africa applauds the launch of the African Passport. 

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Mussie Hailu

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August 22, 2016 10:13 PM

URI Horn of Africa’s roundtable with youth of Ali Sabieh, Djibouti

URI's Horn of Africa team organized a roundtable discussion for youth peacebuilders in Djibouti. 

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Mahamoud Sougueh

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August 17, 2016 6:50 PM

Africa-SEAPAC Exchange: Reflections from Uganda

Part 2 of the URI Africa-SEAPAC exchange is a reflection from Despina Namwembe, our regional coordinator based in Uganda. 

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Despina Namwembe

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August 15, 2016 8:47 PM

URI Africa Responds to AU’s Adoption of Initiative for Pan-African Center for Disease Control

Strong, collaborative institutions are the first step to equitable access to health and other basic rights. URI Africa welcomes the African Union's intention to establish a Pan-African Center for Disease Control. 

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Mussie Hailu

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