Renaissance: Revival or a new birth. Peacebuilders: Persons taking action for a more peace and just world. Renaissance Foundation for Peacebuilders (REFOP) is a peacebuilding organization and fully incorporated international non-governmental organization of peacebuilders taking action for a more peaceful and just world
We are Renaissance Foundation for Peacebuilders (REFOP), a foremost and prominent non-governmental organization of peacebuilders whose core goal is to ensure sustainable peace in Africa through conflict prevention, conflict analysis, conflict transformation, conflict management, and conflict resolution. Renaissance Foundation for Peacebuilders (REFOP) is a fact findings centre for the understanding of issues of conflict and peace and such other issues that encompasses, generate, and sustain the full array of processes, approaches, and stages crucial to the transformation of violent-conflict for sustainable peace, general benefit and national development. The Organization fulfil her mandates by responding to early warning signs through early prevention and specifically designed objectives which include but not limited to: assisting government in making research based policies that are capable of promoting peace, peacebuilding and national development, creating awareness around conditions and factors that create violent conflict in communities and working in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and agencies to mitigate and curtail causes, using the instrument of ADR to amicably settle dispute among persons and parties, advocacy for gender equity and social inclusion, value orientation and social transformation, training and retraining of youth on peacebuilding for sustainable peace, responsive action to Restorative justice, Trauma Healing, transitional justice and humanitarian action.
Good governance as a tool for the facilitation of global peace has made it sacrosanct to align minds on a common interest of advocating for good governance through edification of minds on democratic ethics and ethos, political gospel for peace through the promotion of democratic principles and ideas, electoral education through awareness campaign on voting and campaign against electoral irregularities, dissemination of peace information to edify minds and encourage harmonious coexistence.
The reality of our contemporary world has left us with many things to worry about; from global terrorism to amoral accumulation of weapons of mass destruction. Citizens are revolting against governments while governments have been caught up in the web of ceaselessly fighting to curtail the trend of insecurity and unrest. The danger in this global trend then lies in the perception of violence conflict as an instrument to make demands and this has allowed a closed mind to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR as a veritable tool for amicable settlement of disputes which afford the parties in conflict an opportunity to negotiate their differences at minimum cost and maximum benefit. The need to position aggrieved citizens, parties, political actors and agitators on the rationality of championing grievances through amicable means without jeopardizing national security and desecrating the sacredness of humanity therefore becomes desideratum, beckons on and occupy an essential area of interest to REFOP.
At REFOP. our approach is both preventive (addressing factors or conditions that could easily trigger violence) and curative through conflict management, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and reconciliation, mediation, conciliation, quality education, advocacy, orientation, rehabilitation, empowerment and capacity building of peacebuilders.
It has been identified that building peace entails deliberate adjustment of social structure, social system, institutions, social justice, restructuring, creating an architectural design, laying the foundation, setting the blocks, putting structure in place, monitoring, evaluating, maintaining and sustaining eventual peace. Peacebuilding does not only involve maintaining or supporting the peace after conflict but being concern and deliberately removing the things (the proximate causes of conflict) that could cause conflict or easily trigger violent. REFOP as a social reconstruction platform with the mission to addressing structural and proximate causes of violent conflicts therefore set forth to facilitate sustainable peace through peacebuilding, advocacy for Gender equity and social inclusion, community building for stable future.
The relationship between peace and good governance guarantees positive peace as a necessity and see promotion of good governance as an essential activity. Where good governance is in place, peace is in place; only an environment that has good governance can promote peace. Whatever affect good governance can either promotes peace or undermines it, and whatever affects peace directly impact the nature of governance. Peace and good governance are seen as Siamese twins and are projected to be crucial for the facilitation of sustainable Peace. At REFOP, it is believed; Promotion of good governance at the level of individuals must focus on bringing the right attitude to electing credible representatives and competent national leaders that will formulate policies healthy for sustainable growth, economic and national prosperity. That is why REFOP is committed to positive peace through political reorientation, dissemination of information on essence of good governance, gospel of peace and advocate for strict adherence to democratic principles and tenets which are believed to be the foundation for sustainable peace. REFOP seek to regularly organize and actively participate in social intervention projects to mediate, conciliate, educate, advocate, orientate, rehabilitate, empower, build capacity and raise peacebuilders for Conflict prevention, conflict transformations and peacebuilding. (SDG: 1, 2, 4, 5,11, 16, 17).
The Organization shall be called RENAISSANCE FOUNDATION FOR PEACEBUILDERS thereafter refers to as the “REFOP” also known as the PEACEBUILDERS PLATFORM. The organization shall be registered with Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.
To Raise Peacebuilders in every Community, Schools and Workplace. Imagine a world where Peacebuilders are everywhere, Peacebuilders everywhere equal peace everywhere. international non-governmental organization of peacebuilders taking action for a more peaceful and just world
To work towards the establishment of sustainable peace and to be a platform for global peacebuilders who are taking action for a more peaceful and just world.
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