Government, Civic Leaders & Christian Lawyers
In countries in east and central Africa that have experienced genocide, wars and tribal violence, the role of community and national leadership in fueling tribal hatred, inciting and in some cases orchestrating violence, is impossible to ignore. Greed has prompted many African leaders in the past, and sadly, some in the present, to use communities as pawns, using their poverty, frustrations and hopelessness to stir up dissention and hatred among tribes, and creating an environment of fear and hostility where these self-serving leaders can plunder, accumulate wealth and cling to power. Even as these wars and conflicts are managed and new leaders come into power, the resentments and tribal hatred continue to fester, so that some of these communities are always on the brink of violence. As such, it is becoming more and more apparent that those taking over community and national leadership in post-conflict areas, and trying to rebuild their communities and countries, must play a significant role in tearing down these barriers of hate, and promoting peace, forgiveness and reconciliation if these communities are to move forward.
Leaders with the desire to create change in Africa are increasingly collaborating with civil society organizations, as well as faith based and community based organizations, to seek training that can help them as they steer communities towards a brighter, more peaceful future. ALARM has had significant success in bringing together community representatives from different tribes, regions and religions that had been reluctant to share a table. Also, many changes in communities have come about as a result of ALARM’s teaching on the power of biblical forgiveness. As a result, ALARM is increasingly being requested to train members of parliament, local government officials, civil society leaders, Christian police officers, and Christian lawyers in East and Central Africa in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, good governance, anti-corruption, biblical forgiveness, reconciliation, trauma healing and servant leadership.
One such example was in August, 2009, when Rev. Celestin Musekura, President and CEO of ALARM, was invited to speak at the Africa Forum on Religion and Government. The Africa Forum on Religion and Government is a biennial conference that brings together government officials and religious leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa to discuss a way forward that will help bring about true transformation, good governance, peace and development in Africa. Rev. Musekura was asked to deliver the official response to the key-note address. Through many such opportunities, ALARM has had an opportunity to share the message of biblical forgiveness and reconciliation with local, national and regional leaders who are shaping the future of the continent.
ALARM does not accept money from African government agencies in the countries it serves so that the biblical based curriculum will not be compromised by the funding agency. Friends and partners of ALARM concerned with the good leadership and good governance support this part of the ministry.
Click here to see reports on ALARM’s peacebuilding and reconciliation training for government and civil society leaders.