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01 Nov 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

In the spotlight: Integrating Psychosocial Support into Education in Emergencies

Although enrollment in education in developing countries has increased, millions of children remain out of school. The situation is especially dire at times of a conflict; globally, half of all out-of-school children live in conflict-affected areas.

Humanitarian crises tend to be long and extremely complex, and therefore affect well-being and education over a long period. Most refugee adolescents and youth are out of school.

12 Oct 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

Peace is like an egg. It is delicate and fragile, but in the right conditions, it gives life.

Those are the wise words of the late Deka Ibrahim, who resolved clan conflicts in Wajir County in the early 90’s, and later became instrumental in the peace processes in North Eastern Kenya. She was my role model when I decided to start working for peace.

14 Sep 2018 description
report Finn Church Aid

There is a desperate shortage of decent jobs in developing countries. Finn Church Aid’s (FCA) investment company responds to this need by introducing a new tool to Finland’s development policy.

Finland will invest EUR 16 million in small businesses that create jobs through FCA Investments Ltd, a new company established by FCA. The investment is made in a form of a loan and, according to the terms and conditions of the loan, assets will be paid back with interest to the State of Finland in 18 years with profits from investment activities.

02 Nov 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

Community members in Turkana South and West Pokot rejoiced at having lived in peace for 18 months without cattle raids and killings by together celebrating the International Day of Peace in late September.

For decades Pokot and Turkana communities have been embroiled in continual conflict related to natural resources and livestock rustling. The conflict has caused deaths and destruction of property, and rendered the northwestern region marginalized, poor and forgotten.

22 Apr 2016 description

The study, titled Tradition- & Faith-Oriented Insider Mediators (TFIMs) in Conflict Transformation – Potential, Constraints, & Opportunities for Collaborative Support, launched this week in New York, conceptualises and contextualises a specific set of religious and traditional peacemakers as tradition- and faith-oriented insider mediators (TFIMs). The study considers their peace mediation roles, their potential and the constraints under which they work, and reflects on the opportunities for collaborative support that links various actors within conflict contexts.

25 Jan 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

An innovation developed and tested at the Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya, showed that mobile phones can help refugee teachers improve their teaching practice.

The need for better education is critical in recovery efforts.

Globally, over 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes – leaving behind their schools, jobs and communities.

Refugee children and youth urgently need quality education that will help them heal and grow, protect them from further harm, and disrupt the ongoing cycle of violence and poverty.

02 Nov 2015 description
report Finn Church Aid

Warring communities in the Isiolo and Samburu counties in Northern Kenya have vowed to end their persistent conflict. The conflict has been ongoing for half a year, during which at least 50 people have died and others injured within the intercommunity clashes.

Both the Samburu and Turkana communities signed a memorandum that will keep them from engaging in cattle rustling and retaliatory attacks. Political leaders, elders and moran warriors made resolutions that will further reconciliation in the wake of recent killings.

16 May 2015 description
report Finn Church Aid

Finn Church Aid facilitated a mediation meeting between local political leaders, after dozens of people were killed in cattle raids and revenge attacks in northern Kenya. FCA country manager Merja Färm was present during the talks and writes about the process.

05 Feb 2015 description
report Finn Church Aid

The political leaders of the Turkana and Pokot tribes have met in historical peace talks in North Kenya. The leaders were united for the first time to negotiate the ways to reach peace.

Dry, deserted lands in the north near the borders of Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan are the most unstable parts of Kenya, mostly because of disputes over land use, cattle-rustling and the increasing amount of automatic weapons. For young men, the cattle-rustling is a rite towards adulthood. Being a fighter is a legitimate career option.

22 Sep 2014 description
report Finn Church Aid

The biggest problem of the five provinces of Northern Kenya is poverty. This was the conclusion made in a meeting between four northern governors in Nairobi. The meeting was summoned and hosted by Finn Church Aid, who also showed preliminary results from a risk analysis it had done in the northern parts of Kenya. Kimmo Kiljunen, a special representative for mediation of the Foreign Ministry of Finland, was also present. Kiljunen had visited the northern parts of Turkana and Pokot earlier in the week.