The Initiative for Governance, Reconciliation, Agriculture and Coexistence - Grace Initiative – pursues a multifaceted, comprehensive, and purposeful framework for peacebuilding. Its goal is to foster an inclusive peace, which is enduring and upholds human dignity.
Through multidisciplinary collaboration, discourse and expertise, Grace Initiative develops modalities for highly structured engagement, empowerment and research for fostering sustainable peace.
To this end, the Initiative’s mission supports the 2030 Agenda for Development, especially Goal 16, for peaceful and inclusive societies.
In terms of governance, the Initiative examines status and possibilities for accountable and inclusive governance, including good governance, access to justice and a viable civil society. In this regard, Grace Initiatives considers the link between governance, sustainable development and peaceful and inclusive societies.
While there is not one definition for reconciliation, we look at reconciliation as a process and an outcome, which brings about a healing of the invisible wounds of past conflict and violence. To this end, reconciliation is a transformative process of breaking cycles of violence to bring about peaceful coexistence. In moving toward reconciliation, it is critical that parties mutually accept: acknowledgement of the other’s humanity and development of a common moral basis for peace. To create the conditions for reconciliation, it is necessary to move beyond a peace anchored entirely in pragmatic considerations to a peace based on justice and fairness.
In terms of agriculture, the Initiative sees promotion of agriculture, as an important component for human security and peacebuilding. In this area, the Initiative analyzes strategies and convenes stakeholders, who might include individuals interested in farming, different farmer groups, farmer unions, cooperatives, and investors. The initiative finds that community supported agriculture is especially transformative, fostering community trust and restorative justice. Also, it underscores the 2030 Agenda for Development, especially goals: 1- eradication of poverty; 5- gender equality; 12- responsible consumption; and, 16- peaceful and inclusive societies.
In terms of co-existence, it creates programs and training, which emphasize a general culture of respect and consequently one less prone to violence. In this regard, coexistence may be characterized by degrees of tolerance and mutual respect in a society, including for gender, race, culture and religion.