Somali British promote dialogue in London boroughs

Peace begins at home

Two ‘Peace Begins at Home’ intergenerational dialogue training workshops were conducted in north and east London where the summer 2011 riots started. The final session was filmed, with special guests Haringey Mayor Sheila Peacock and the Speaker of Hackney Council, Michael Desmond.

Christmas Gala

Exotic Christmas meal with live music - Agenda for Reconciliation would like to welcome you to the Horn of Africa fundraising Gala

Refugees as Rebuilders

UK resident Hassan Hassan giving leadership training in Mogadishu

As Europeans oscillate between fear and compassion at the sight of the masses of refugees entering Europe, one thought which probably hasn’t occurred to many, is that among these people are potential rebuilders of their war-torn countries.

Diverse Britain

Diverse Britain pannelists

'British society today respects diversity and people from different countries' was the view presented on 17 March by a panel of refugees from the Horn of Africa who are members of Initiatives of Change’s Agenda for Reconciliation programme. The theme was ‘Overcoming the barriers to integration and inclusion’.

North London council leaders support action to build trust across generations

Project Manager Amina Khalid (l) with Haringey Mayor Sheila Peacock

A pilot project to promote dialogue between the generations in three North and East London boroughs has just ended, devised by British Somalis of the charity Somali Initiatives for Dialogue and Democracy, in partnership with Initiatives of Change. The presence of senior political leaders from Hackney, Haringey and Islington testified to the importance they attach to it.

‘Peace Begins at Home’ intergenerational dialogue workshop

Whole group session in progress

Over 30 participants from diverse backgrounds and ages came together in February to participate in an inspiring weekend workshop entitled ‘Peace Begins at Home’ in the London Borough of Haringey.

British Somalis organise inter-generational dialogues in North London

Working session in progress

Amina Khalid, a young British Somali woman, organised an inter-generational dialogue workshop entitled ‘Peace begins at Home’ in Hackney on 30 August.

Interview of Zahra Hassan in the Evening Standard

Zahra Hassan

As part of their campaign to raise awareness about the illegal practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) the Evening Standard published on 9 May an interview of Zahra Hassan, member of IofC's programme Agenda for Reconciliation on her attempts to fight FGM.

Somalia: Fostering trustbuilding, reconciliation and unity

Somali workshop

After over 20 years of civil war and numerous failed peace-conferences, Somalis and the international community are daring to believe that a reborn Somalia might just be possible. Fourteen flights a day are bringing members of the Somali diaspora back from all corners of the globe, to reclaim property, to start new businesses, to take posts in the new government. In January, Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Somalia – a former refugee in London – visited IofC’s London centre to meet members of Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), the network of Somalis which has been associated with IofC since its inception in 2005.

New Permanent Secretary of the Somali Foreign Ministry

Ambassador Mohamed Sharif Mohamud

Ambassador Mohamed Sharif Mohamud, former ambassador of Somalia and the Arab League, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Sharif is the Vice Chair of the Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), a partner of Initiatives of Change UK, which is committed to bringing trust-building, healing and reconciliation in Somalia.