FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Congrats to Pedro de Verona Pires and "An African Answer" screening

During my absence:
Africa: Award of Mo Ibrahim Prize to Former President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/10/175232.htm>
Washington, DC
October 11, 2011
The United States congratulates Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires, the former president of Cape Verde, upon being awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This prize recognizes President Pires’ notable achievements in strengthening democracy, good governance, and economic development, making Cape Verde a model for other West African nations searching for an enduring democratic way forward. Specifically, the award cited Pires's influence in assuring Cape Verde’s successful transition in the early 1990s from one-party to multi-party governance.

Sorry I missed this:

Religious Peacemaking in Nigeria and Kenya: Launch of a Film "An African Answer"
U.S. Institute of Peace
The Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom and the Religion and Peacemaking program at the U.S. Institute of Peace are pleased to announce the Washington premier of "An African Answer."

In 2006, the documentary "The Imam and the Pastor" profiled the personal transformations of Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye from militant youth leaders to peacebuilders. With USIP support, Ashafa and Wuye have mediated peace between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria's Plateau State through their Interfaith Mediation Center.

"An African Answer" brings the conversation on interfaith peacebuilding a step forward, detailing the pair's unique methodology for building peace in divided societies as they work to bridge divides in Kenya following the 2007 outbreak of post-election inter-ethnic violence.

This event will feature the following speakers:
Pastor James Wuye, Panelist
Interfaith Mediation Center, Kaduna, Nigeria

Imam Muhammad Ashafa, Panelist
Interfaith Mediation Center, Kaduna, Nigeria

Dr. Alan Channer, Panelist
FLT Films

Daniel Baer, Introductory Comments
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Maureen Fiedler, Moderator
Interfaith Voices


Please contact Renata Stuebner at 202-429-3864 or rstuebner@usip.org <mailto:rstuebner@usip.org?subject=African%20Answer%20Event>  with any general questions about this event.

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