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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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July 18, 2017 11:23 AM

Youth in Trouble: Support, Don’t Punish

Our Cooperation Circle, in partnership with Women Coalition Against Cancer, held a “Support, Don’t Punish” campaign to urge a more supportive approach to solving the youth drug abuse problem in Malawi.


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July 17, 2017 12:30 PM

The Weekly Shot: Preventing Youth Crime in Africa

African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention, a URI Cooperation Circle in Lagos, Nigeria, co-hosted the 2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention last May, in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.


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July 13, 2017 5:13 PM

News from URI Africa Great Lakes Region

We wish to share our end-of-quarter newsletter (Apr-June 2017) for the URI Africa Great Lakes Region.


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July 6, 2017 5:41 PM

PLOG Computer Academy Peace Centre Brings Opportunity to Ghana Village

The PLOG Computer Academy Peace Centre (PCAPC) was opened in the Volta Region in Ghana, West Africa.


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June 16, 2017 12:38 PM

Nigeria Student Leadership Project Vastly Exceeds Goals

Our goal was to set out to train 100 students from low-income families in the community. We did not just achieve the goal; we did more than we set out to do by training about 520 students.


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June 14, 2017 6:12 PM

URI-Africa Calls for End of Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls

URI-Africa participated at Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a conference to end violence against women and girls in Africa. 


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Mussie Hailu


June 5, 2017 6:56 PM

2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention

The 2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention took place on the 25th of May 2017.


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June 5, 2017 1:28 PM

Nkhata Bay CC Addresses Environmental Issues

Young leaders from Nkhata Bay CC in Malawi update the network on their strategies for addressing environmental issues in their community. 


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May 22, 2017 3:18 PM

URI Participated in 26th Governing Council of UN Human Settlements Programme

URI, being an NGO with Consultative Status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, participated at the 26th Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).


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May 17, 2017 4:49 PM

Priest to Receive Environmental Conservation Award

Father Hermann Borg, Patron of Mother Earth Network, is set to receive a Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in environmental conservation.


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