African Great Lakes Initiative

The mission of the Great Lakes Initiative (GLI) is to mobilize restless Christian leaders from across the Great Lakes region of Africa, create a space for their transformation, and empower them to participate in God’s mission of reconciliation in their own communities, organizations and nations. The African Great Lakes Initiative has impacted hundreds of thousands of people around East Africa, drawing seasoned and emerging leaders into a vibrant ministry of cultivating, resourcing, and connecting Christian peacemakers.

Since its launch in 2005, the center has identified the Great Lakes region of Africa as a key geographical area of partnership. Together with the Mennonite Central Committee, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), and World Vision International, the center hosts has hosted yearly gatherings in the region that have contributed to forming a fresh movement for peacemaking. This partnership has led to the creation of the Great Lakes Leadership Institute. 

Leadership Institute

The Great Lakes Initiative Leadership Institute is designed for Christian leaders in the African Great Lakes who are passionate about the ministry of reconciliation. The Institute inspires, forms, and supports leaders in the Great Lakes Region through community, formation, and learning shaped by biblically-inspired content and methodologies. Modeled after the Duke Summer Institute for Reconciliation, this intensive program offers participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding and practice of reconciliation. Participants interact with remarkable Christian leaders in the Great Lakes Region. Participants engage in seminars and learn from distinguished plenary speakers during the course of a common journey that centrally includes a pilgrimage to local place of pain and hope.

The center is in the process of transitioning the GLI from a primarily Duke-led initiative to an African-operated institution with deep roots in the region.

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Strategic Partners

The African Great Lakes Initiative would not be possible without abiding and mutually transformative support from partner organizations in Africa. These ministries have committed time, institutional energy, and resources to this initiative over many years of shared partnership.