In Africa, peace organisation PAX works in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the borderlands with Uganda and Kenya. Our programmes in Africa focus on encouraging dialogue between ethnic groups, and between citizens and their governments.
Church-led Action Plan for Peace in South Sudan
The Action Plan for Peace (APP) is the home-grown and Church-led strategy of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), comprehensively addressing the root causes and long-term effects of conflict through Advocacy, Neutral Forums, Healing and Reconciliation. PAX has worked with the APP since 2018.
Advancing non-violence and just peace
In its work, PAX seeks to advance nonviolence and just peace. Nonviolence responds to violence and injustice through the power of love in action.
Youth as peace-makers
At all PAX South Sudan locations, PAX plays movies directed towards youth through means of a mobile cinema.
Women in action towards peace and justice
In South Sudan, peace organization PAX works with several organizations to strengthen women's leadership skills and to raise their participation in political decision-making, peace initiatives, and in handling security issues. This program’s long-term objective is to make women's lives safer and to increase their influence on political decision-making.
Ilemi Triangle & Borderlands programme
In 2019, the governments of South Sudan and Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreeing to demarcate their common border. In the past, unclarity and contestation about the location of this border has resulted in a disputed area, called the Ilemi Triangle. PAX has done research on the Ilemi Triangle, placing the pastoralist perspective in the context of the border demarcation process.
Kuron Peace Village in South Sudan
Kuron Peace Village was founded by Bishop Paride Taban to unite the population in the area and set an example of peaceful cohabitation in war-torn South Sudan.
Human Security Survey South Sudan
In 2021, Ian Lundin and Alex Schneiter from Lundin Oil have been indicted for complicity in grave war crimes in Sudan from 1999 to 2003. PAX has been working on the Lundin case for over a decade. PAX believes that justice for the victims of the civil wars in Sudan and South Sudan is a prerequisite for peace and reconciliation. For justice to be done, it is crucial that all perpetrators and their accomplices are held to account and that those who have benefitted from crimes do not escape their duty to contribute to the victims' right to remedy and reparation.
Research & Advocacy
PAX aims at empowering the voices of South Sudanese individuals, activists and CSO’s towards peace & justice. This is done via advocacy training, coaching, provision of seed-grants and publications. PAX is linking local and national partners and activists to each other and to a wider national and international platform.
Safeguarding the human rights of imprisoned terrorism suspects in Burkina Faso
In Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, PAX supports the monitoring of the human rights situation of imprisoned terrorism suspects. The project addresses abuses in the prison system that are a contributing factor to radicalization in the long run.
Engaging youth to support peace dialogues in Burkina Faso
In central Burkina Faso, PAX works with local youth to bring traditional chiefs from different communities together to engage in peace talks. In the long term, the project contributes to reducing intercommunal conflict related to stigmatization and land use.
Women against radicalisation and violent extremism in Burkina Faso
In northern Burkina Faso, PAX supports female leaders in speaking out against radicalization and violent extremism. The long-term goal of the project is to reduce recruitment into armed groups that are ravaging the region and wield particular influence over boys and men.
Oil Extraction in South Sudan
PAX works for justice and peace in South Sudan’s oil producing areas, we’ve been doing so since 2001.
Addressing Masculinities in LRA affected Communities
Restoring trust between state and society in DR Congo
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In the DR Congo, PAX operates in Ituri and Haut Uele. There we support local peace committees, facilitate dialogue between civilians, government and army about security problems and we carry out research on resources, arms and land conflicts.
PAX's South Sudan program aims at dialogue between the various population groups in South Sudan and between the governments and their citizens. In South Sudan, people suffer from the effects of years of civil war and violence between rivalling parties.
More than 2 million people have fled the country, more than 1,5 million are internally displaced, and 7,5 million are dependent on humanitarian aid. Cattle theft, sexual violence and kidnappings are frequent, and the country is in the top 3 countries that are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.