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Preventing burnout, among other attributes of organizational health, leads to more effective work

Where there is a food emergency, agencies like the UN World Food Programme rightly devote the majority of their time, resources and attention to those suffering directly from a food shortage. But paying no mind at all to the needs of staff working for a relief agency like the WFP, says Ilaria Dettori, is a recipe for burnout and organizati ...More

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Reintegrating child soldiers in Nepal shows challenge of turning good intentions into reality

When Kumar Anuraj Jha returned home to Nepal with an MA in conflict transformation in 2007, he was hired as a child protection advisor by the United Nations Mission in Nepal. The decade-long armed conflict between government forces and Maoist fighters had officially ended a year earlier, while Jha was midway through his graduate studie ...More

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UN official strives to maintain focus on relationships, recognizing the humanity in all

Devanand Ramiah, MA ’02, grew up in a refugee camp as a member of a displaced minority group in war-torn Sri Lanka and now carries significant responsibility in the Secretariat of the United Nations in New York City. (He is also a member of the board of reference of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, a volunteer role.) Hi ...More

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Start with compassion – one key lesson from 30 years as a top-level mediator around the world

The reason Hizkias Assefa has two law degrees, two master’s degrees, and one doctorate is not because he loves living buried in university libraries. It’s because he had to leave his home country of Ethiopia when his friends and relatives were being killed or imprisoned during the Derg’s 13-year military dictatorship. ...More

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African police officer seeking alternatives

At the end of his first year as a Fulbright scholar at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding (CJP), Abou Ag Ahiyoya of Mali said he has been impressed with CJP’s emphasis on transformation at the grassroots level. “Until now, I have seen a top-down approach for solving problems,” Abou said in a May 2011 interview with Peacebuilder. Abou comes from the Tuareg et ...More

Latest ‘Peacebuilder’ Magazine Focuses on Lessons from Afghanistan and Pakistan

The spring/summer issue of Peacebuilder focuses on the 50 or so people based in Afghanistan and Pakistan who have come through the doors of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in the last 15 years and the lessons they have learned and shared. Read more… ...More

Noted Peacebuilder to Speak on Campus April 15

A world-renown mediator, strategist and catalyst for peace will give a public address Thursday, Apr. 15, at EMU. John Paul Lederach John Paul Lederach, the co-founding director of the Conflict Transformation Program at EMU, now the Cente ...More

Peacebuilder Focuses on Alumni Work in Kenya

The Fall / Winter issue of Peacebuilder, CJP’s alumni magazine, digs deep into the post-election violence in Kenya and the experiences of alumni in the field all over the world. Read more… ...More

Making a Big Difference in Just Three Years

In August 2001, Gopar Tapkida, his wife Monica, and three daughters (then ages 9, 5, and 3 months) headed home to Jos, Nigeria, where Tapkida planned to explore ways to apply his newly earned masters degree in conflict transformation. Instead they found themselves cowering with 10 ...More

Peacebuilder Magazine

Read the summer edition of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s official magazine. This issue focuses on change and transition. Read more… ...More