The Initiative for Governance, Reconciliation, Agriculture and Coexistence – Grace Initiative- seeks to promote and to implement transformative processes that bring about inclusive and peaceful societies. The Initiative’s distinctive focus embraces a holistic and multifaceted approach, through targeted engagement, specific research and evidence-based training. In carrying out its programs, Grace Initiative collaborates with other academic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations, humanitarian organizations, legal institutions and United Nations entities to enhance mutual purposes and to further inclusive goals for governance, reconciliation, agriculture and coexistence.
Through its work, Grace Initiative adheres to the principle of respect for fundamental freedoms and cultural diversity. It supports the 2030 Agenda for Development, especially goals 5 for gender equality; 12 responsible consumption; and, goal 16 for peaceful and inclusive societies.
The Initiative serves an educational purpose, bringing about transformative processes by promoting the understanding of and applications of governance, reconciliation, agriculture and coexistence for inclusive and sustainable peace.
For governance, Grace Initiative will carry out inter alia: capacity building and targeted research, hold fora and public lectures to promote accountable and inclusive societies.
For reconciliation, the Initiative will focus on encouraging modalities for truth telling, memory, and healing. These processes include storytelling by victims and perpetrators and communicating personal truths and multi-layered experiences to a wider public, social or dialogical truth that contribute to societal healing and restorative justice.
For agriculture, the Initiative sees agriculture, as an important component for human security and development. The Initiative finds that community supported agriculture is especially transformative for peacebuilding helping to bring about healing and rural development.
For coexistence, the Initiative focus on resolution of discord or conflict through non-violent means, while promoting respect and dignity of the other, including gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and religion.
Some of its flagship programs involve convening policy experts, government representatives, practitioners and academics to engage and to discern new visions for sustainable peace and resilient communities.