Conflict resolution in Kenya, Swaziland



This summer, Duncum Center Solutions trainers will be working with lawyers in Kenya, and faculty from the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution will be teaching a course in Swaziland.

Duncum Center Solutions will partner with African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) and the Kenyan Christian Lawyers Fellowship. Joey Cope, executive director for Duncum Center Solutions, and Lori Anne Shaw, assistant director, will conduct a week-long training near Nairobi, Kenya.

ALARM arranges a number of trips each year providing individuals with the opportunity to bring expertise in leadership, church ministry, and conflict resolution to Central and East Africa nations. Cope participated in an ALARM team in 2014 bringing conflict resolution training to security forces in Rwanda.

“ALARM has a remarkable presence and reputation on the continent,” Cope said. “We are considering this trip a pilot program for future trainings in Central and East Africa that could become study abroad opportunities for our graduate students and alumni.”

In addition, Dr. Garry Bailey, associate professor in the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution, will be teaching at African Christian College this summer in Swaziland, South Africa. The two-week course will prepare ACC students for managing conflict within their home communities, churches, businesses and relationships. Many of the students may have opportunities to make a positive difference in post-conflict areas through their work with Peacebuilding NGO’s, churches, or government positions.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene are supplying grant money to help fund the Kenya training opportunity, but more funding is needed to be able to cover cost of the travel. If you can help support these trips financially, donate here and add a note to specify your gift designation for “Conflict Resolution Africa 2016.”


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