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2017/18 Award Recipient: Alice Nderitu


Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is thrilled to announce Alice Nderitu as the recipient of the 2017/18 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. This award recognizes Ms. Nderitu’s international leadership in the use of dialogue to advance peacebuilding and human rights.

The award program will take place in February 20, 2018 and will include a short residency in Vancouver and Ottawa to explore such themes as human rights and genocide prevention, the role of multiculturalism and education in conflict prevention, and women in peacebuilding. More information about this programming will be announced in the near future.

"Conflict is a fact of life. Violence and conflict do not mean the same thing because conflict involves choices that include interventions before it becomes violent. We must now join hands to work towards the kind of interventions that promote community ownership of peace." —Alice Nderitu

About Alice Nderitu

Alice is an armed conflict mediator and Adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue on Africa. She is a Member of the Women Waging Peace network and the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination. She is also a member of a group of male Elders mediating confidentially between African leaders at the highest levels.

Alice was Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya, a founder and Co-Chair of Uwiano Platform for Peace, a conflict prevention agency largely credited with leading efforts in ensuring peaceful processes during the 2010 Constitutional referendum and 2013 Kenyan elections.

She is a 2011 Transitional Justice Fellow of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and was named a 2012, Woman Peace Maker Of the Year by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego, USA. 

Alice now leads mediation in various States in Nigeria as the first woman to do so. She has mediated processes that resulted in peace agreements signed by 10 ethnic communities in Nakuru, Kenya, 29 ethnic communities in Kaduna State, Nigeria and 56 ethnic communities in Southern Plateau, Nigeria. Alice holds a Masters degree in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Nairobi.

For additional info please see The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation for full biography and profile.