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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
  • 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


P.O. Box 7785

Addis Ababa Ethiopia


(251) 11-6-627-237

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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


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


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


August 15, 2016 11:41 AM

Weekly Shot: Practicing Inclusive Peace

URI Kenyan CCs are hard at work for peace!


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The Weekly Shot


August 10, 2016 10:57 PM

Exploring Alternative Spaces for Peacebuilding

Nyambura Wa Mundia from URI Africa in Nairobi, Kenya shares news from a recent community engagement exercise. 


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August 9, 2016 4:25 PM

Summary of 27th African Union Summit

URI Africa gives some insight on the 27th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union 


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Mussie Hailu


August 2, 2016 8:54 PM

URI West Africa at Peace Exchange for Northern Nigeria

Concerted civil society and NGO action is critical for a comprehensive approach to peace in local and global communities. URI West Africa recently participated in an exchange supporting such collaboration in Nigeria. 


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Emmanuel Ivorgba


July 9, 2016 4:19 PM

UNFPA Partners With URI Africa

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and URI Africa have partnered to collaborate on key demographic themes for Africa, in line with regional needs and the Sustainable Development Agenda. 


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Mussie Hailu


July 5, 2016 9:36 PM

Partnerships for Strong Communities

Our community deals with a diverse array of questions and issues every day, but working to realize community leaders' visions is a wonderful step to achieving sustainable peace. 


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