The Initiative for Governance, Reconciliation, Agriculture and Coexistence - Grace Initiative Global – strives toward innovative peace-building and conflict prevention through strategies including: trust building; transformation; and, empowerment.
We carry out our goals through inter alia innovative and expert constructive engagement, focused capacity building, multi-stakeholder collaborations, with holistic understanding including international and multi-disciplinary expertise.
In terms of governance, the Initiative examines status and possibilities for accountable and inclusive governance, including good governance, access to justice, constitutionalism and security sector reform as well as a viable civil society. In this regard, Grace Initiatives considers the link between governance, sustainable development and peaceful and inclusive societies. These strategies support SDGs, including: 5 - gender equality; 8- decent work and economic growth; 10 reduced inequalities; and 16+ just, 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 and a path toward a more peaceful future. 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. Reconciliation strategies support SDG goals: 3 - good health and well-being; 5 -gender equality; 8 -decent work and well being; 9 - reduced inequalities ; and 16 + just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
In terms of agriculture, the Initiative sees promotion of agriculture, as an important component for human security, healing and sustainability. In this area, the Initiative analyzes strategies and convenes stakeholders, toward eliminating hunger, livelihood security, gender equality, healing and reconciliation, and peaceful and inclusive communities. The Initiative envisages agricultural development as a mechanism for transcending trauma of war, violence, including violent extremism. To this end, our strategies underscore the visions for the 2030 Agenda goals, including: 1- eradication of poverty; 2 - eradication of hunger; 5- gender equality; 12- responsible consumption; 13 - climate action; life on land - 15; and, 16+ - just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
Further, the Initiative considers innovative entrepreneurial strategies for enhanced value crops, such as medicinal plants, urban farming, small-scale apiaries for production of locally sourced honey. The Initiative finds that appropriate agricultural development offers a path to transformation and empowerment, fostering sustainability, community trust and resilience. Learn More
In terms of co-existence, it creates programs and fosters mentoring, 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.
Co-existence integrates notions of human rights and respect for fundamental freedoms and protections, regardless of: gender; race; ethnicities; age; religion; and or, beliefs. To this end, we aim toward the implementation of projects and events leading to inclusive, sustainable peace with respect for the human person. This takes into account inter alia: the 2030 Agenda for Development; the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions; Human Rights Laws, Humanitarian Principles; and, the Paris Climate Agreement.