In early 2007, Foundations for Peace, a network of independent, indigenous funders who are proactively engaged in strategic peacebuilding in societies of entrenched or persistent communal conflict, began their first joint working project: the Victim Empowerment Project. The project poses the question: how can victims of conflict and injustice be supported and empowered not only to transform their own lives but to make a contribution to peacebuilding and social change in challenging circumstances.
This project represents an all too rare example of foundations bringing their knowledge and experience to bear on a hugely emotive and sensitive theme and sharing their learning from their own local contexts. Representing regions as diverse as Colombia, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland and Serbia, an international conference presenting the main findings of this collaborative project will be held on 22 May 2008 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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