Initiatives of Change International

Initiatives of Change International has operational responsibility for its United Nations Office in Geneva, for Initiatives of Change's global communications and facilitates collaboration between IofC national bodies in some forty countries. Its Office of International Training Services in Geneva connects the training capacities of the worldwide movement with needs identified by the UN and other international agencies.

Initiatives of Change International (IofC International) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) working for peace, reconciliation and human security worldwide. It has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and Participatory Status at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It stresses the importance of personal responsibility, ethical leadership and building trust across the world's divides.

Initiatives of Change (IofC) works on the principle that changes in people's motives, attitudes and behaviour are not only possible but are the only sure basis on which wider lasting change in society can be brought about. This is the experience of millions of people, whether involved in IofC or not, who have decided to start the 'change process' in their own lives.
It often begins with a person's moral and spiritual response to the needs of the world. 'Starting with myself' may sound too simple, but there is a certain logic to it. Do I want to see peace in the world? How about starting with my own relationship with family and neighbours? Do I want to see an end to corruption and crime? Why not begin by being honest and trustworthy myself?

  • Civil Society
  • Community Conflict Resolution
  • Elections
  • Gender
  • Good Offices and Peace Support
  • Media

Good Offices and Peace Support

The experiences of Initiatives of Change show that 'when people change, the structure of society changes; and when the structure of society changes, people change. Both go together and both are necessary.' The initiatives of change start with ourselves but don't stop there. When people share their experiences with others, this often triggers a chain reaction.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
Description of activities
The dynamic of "Honest conversations" draws on 3 components: providing safe spaces, speaking honestly and listening with readiness to change one's own prejudices and behaviour / Burundi, Sierra-Leone, Tanzania, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Eastern Europe. At request of opposing parties, accompanying the peace process based on the awareness that participants arrive at negotiations tables loaded with resentments, hatred and revenge, IofC is often requested to enable unofficial contacts between factions and ensure follow up / presently Burundi, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands. The sustain follow up, over years, happens through individual meetings, seminars, training courses - always at the request of the parties concerned / all countries mentioned at the top and other situations where we have been active in the past.
Trust building training - Personal ethic and moral values training - leadership training for democracy, - all above training is designed for political leaders, army, police, young leaders, etc / Burundi, Sierra-Leone, Tanzania, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Eastern Europe emerging countries.
The dynamic of "Honest conversations" draws on 3 components: providing safe spaces, speaking honestly and listening with readiness to change one's own prejudices and behaviour / Burundi, Sierra-Leone, Tanzania, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Eastern Europe. At request of opposing parties, accompanying the peace process based on the awareness that participants arrive at negotiations tables loaded with resentments, hatred and revenge, IofC is often requested to enable unofficial contacts between factions and ensure follow up / presently Burundi, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands. The sustain follow up, over years, happens through individual meetings, seminars, training courses - always at the request of the parties concerned / all countries mentioned at the top and other situations where we have been active in the past.

Community Conflict Resolution

IofC's essential specificity and added value to Peacebuilding is the capacity to create honest conversations across racial, religious, political and economic divisions: getting all parties to the table.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
  • Direct project implementation
Description of activities
Dialogues and trainings methods are in most of the countries where IofC is active.
Peace Farm in Sierra Leone to integrate former combatants with local civilians to grow rice (income generating project) - Grassroots Muslim/Christian dialogue in African countries and Europe and US inner-cities. - Creating inclusive communities in racial/minorities environments specially in divers big cities / Sierra Leone, Nigeria, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, USA, ,Australia.

Media

Review of personal ethic in the professional realm. Techniques of "honest dialogue".
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
Description of activities
Training on "Journalism for Peace and Reconciliation" dealing with personal ethic, the roots of conflicts and personal history within conflicts / Great Lakes Region of Africa (100 journalists) Nov 2007 Côte d'Ivoire.
  • Africa
    • Central Africa
      • Cameroon
      • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Eastern Africa
      • Kenya
      • Burundi
      • Rwanda
      • United Republic of Tanzania
      • Ethiopia
      • Zambia
    • Southern Africa
      • South Africa
    • Western Africa
      • Ghana
      • Nigeria
      • Sierra Leone
      • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Americas
    • Caribbean
      • Jamaica
    • Central America
      • Costa Rica
    • North America
      • Mexico
      • United States of America
      • Canada
    • South America
      • Argentina
      • Brazil
      • Colombia
  • Asia
    • Central Asia
      • Kazakhstan
    • East Asia
      • Republic of Korea
      • China
      • Japan
      • Republic of China (Taiwan)
    • South Asia
      • India
      • Pakistan
      • Sri Lanka
    • South East Asia
      • Cambodia
      • Indonesia
      • Philippines
      • Viet Nam
      • Malaysia
    • Western Asia
      • Lebanon
      • Israel
      • Palestine
  • Europe
    • Eastern Europe
      • Republic of Moldova
      • Romania
      • Ukraine
      • Poland
    • Northern Europe
      • Latvia
      • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      • Sweden
      • Denmark
      • Finland
      • Iceland
      • Norway
    • Western Europe
      • France
      • Switzerland
      • Belgium
      • Netherlands
      • Germany
    • Southern Europe
      • Malta
  • Oceania
Initiatives of Change International
Rue de Varembé 1
Geneva CH-1201
Non-governmental organisation
Caux, Switzerland
From 3 to 10 years
Between 250.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
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Rue de Varembé 1
Geneva CH-1201
Liaison Office

The association "Initiatives of Change International" is the legal and administrative body that federates the national bodies of Initiatives of Change and which seeks to make their experience and knowledge available to the United Nations and other international institutions.

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Omnia Marzouk
President, Initiatives of Change International
Mr. Rainer Gude
Chargé de Mission and representative to the UN

Partnership

Cord Aid

Description: 

NGO / related to the work in Sierra Leone

Partner organisations: 
NGOs

Hope-Sierra Leone

Description: 

Hope-Sierra Leone (H-SL) is a peace and development organisation, and is registered with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Finance and Development as a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). It has been working actively in Sierra Leone since 2001. Its non partisan and non political approach has enabled it to partner with a wide
spectrum of organisations in the country.

H-SL seeks, through a review of personal attitudes and motivation, to
• Create an environment free from violence, hate, greed and indifference
• Enable reconciliation and healing to take place in situations of conflict at family, community and
national level
• Tackle the root causes of corruption, poverty and marginalization of women and youths.

Partner organisations: 
NGOs

InfoSud

Description: 

Designer of the programme and partner in implementation

Partner organisations: 
Practitioner

ONUCI

Description: 

United Nations in Côte d'Ivoire

Partner organisations: 
United Nations

Partnership in Australia

Description: 

For Solomon Islands, Fiji, Cambodia/Vietnam

Partner organisations: 
Australia /Great Britain NGO
independent donors

Partnership in Denmark

Description: 

Sponsoring Sierra Leone NGO, other countries in Africa

Partner organisations: 
Denmark
Dutch NGO
Governments

Partnership in India

Description: 

Training in inter-ethnic awareness and dialogue:
- Industrial (in Bihar)
- youth (Kashmir, Meghalaya)
- interethnic integration within the army
- Center for Ethical Leadership, Bangalore.

Partner organisations: 
India/ NGO
Governments
Practitioner
Academic
corporations and individuals donors

Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Type: 
Formal
Location: 
Other
Other: 
Local (field) partnership (based in Burundi)
Main purpose: 
Project Implementation
Description: 

Since 2002 finances round table dialogues and since 2006 the entire Burundi Peace Building IofC Project - sponsor for the Côte d'Ivoire mission.

Partner organisations: 
Government

Network

USA and GB various Foundations

Type: 
Academic

Hope in the City

Type: 
Formal
Type: 
Academic
Main purpose: 
Other
Other: 
Advocacy/campaigning
Geographical scope: 
Other
Other: 
Local (field), based in Richmond, USA, London)
Description: 

Hope in the Cities, promotes honest conversations on race, reconciliation and responsibility. Its goal is the creation of just and inclusive communities by building trust and encouraging collaboration among diverse groups. Hope in the Cities was launched in the United States in 1990 to respond to the need for racial healing in Richmond, Virginia. It has expanded to other cities and countries by providing a framework to connect communities across traditional barriers. Its model of honest conversation incorporates three vital steps: dialogue with people of all backgrounds and viewpoints, personal change as a foundation for institutional transformation, and intentional acts of reconciliation.