Source: (2002) In Peace Office Newsletter 32 (January-March), The African Peacebuilding Institute: 1-4. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee.

In this essay, Carl and Carolyn Swarr Stauffer describe the genesis, purpose, and growth of the African Peacebuilding Institute. Launched in the first half of 2001, with its first sessions in Kitwe, Zambia, the Institute is a partnership between the Mennonite Central Committee and Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation (in Kitwe). Moreover, the Institute maintains a collegial relationship with the Conflict Transformation Program of Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA). The Institute’s mission is to offer an annual intensive two-month course in conflict and peace studies from a Christian peace church perspective. It serves pan-African students pursuing academic certificates, professional enrichment, or personal development and growth. The course focuses on combining theory and practice for conflict resolution.

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