Working to End the Cycle of Violence in the Tribal Lands of Eastern Africa

Who We Are

Peace is Not the Mere Absence of War

The Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation works to end the cycle of violence in the tribal lands of Eastern Africa.

Our Vision

A society where Peace, Social Justice and Reconciliation prevails throughout Africa.

Our Mission

To work for a society free of physical violence and unjust social structures in Africa, while building peaceful and reconciled communities.

Our Core Values

Shalom promotes:

  1. Non-violent societal transformation
  2. Peace, Truth, Justice, and Mercy
  3. Integral human development and security
  4. Environmental Integrity
  5. Respect for local culture and traditions

What is the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation?

The Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation focuses on the root cause of violence in the tribal lands of eastern Africa. It was created in 2009 in the wake of persistent widespread violence and dislocation across northern Kenya, and in the aftermath of the disputed Kenyan elections. Shalom has made a major impact on peace initiatives in this vital strategic of Africa.

Who runs and administers Shalom?

Shalom was founded in 2009 by Fr. Patrick Devine, SMA, a social entrepreneur and missionary priest with 25 years of experience helping to mitigate conflict and poverty in Africa. Its work is strictly non-sectarian and closely aligned with civil society organisations. Fr. Devine serves as the organization’s executive director, leading an international team of conflict resolution experts from various religious backgrounds and disciplines who are based in Kenya and neighboring countries.

How is Shalom funded?

Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is supported by partner organizations and a network of visionary donors, primarily from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. With a budget of less than $1M US per year and low overhead costs, Shalom leverages the donations of its supporters to maximize its work on the ground in tribal areas, particularly in the semi-arid terrains, and in the largest slum settlements in urban centres of Eastern Africa. Your donations are welcome, needed, and deeply appreciated.

Who are Shalom’s partners?

Shalom benefits from the cooperation of the governments of eastern Africa that comprise the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and its work is endorsed by the IGAD executive secretary. Shalom also partners with international and regional colleges and universities on peace-building courses, as well as religious association and councils in Africa.

Shalom makes its findings available to partners, relevant governments, ethnic representatives and United Nation and regional organizations. These partners include:

  • Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – Eight Countries in the Horn of Africa [Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, & Kenya]
  • Kenyan Government Departments
  • Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Queen’s University (Belfast)
  • Christensen Fund (USA)
  • Misean Cara (Ireland)
  • Trócaire (Ireland)
  • Society of Africa Missions (SMA)
  • Kenya Episcopal Conference (KEC)
  • Religious Superiors Conference of Kenya (RSCK)
  • Tangaza College (Constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa) Catholic University of South Sudan

Meet Fr. Patrick Devine

Shalom was founded in 2009 by Fr. Patrick Devine, SMA, a social entrepreneur and missionary priest with 25 years of experience helping to mitigate conflict and poverty in Africa. Fr. Devine serves as the organization’s executive director, leading an international team of conflict resolution experts from various religious backgrounds and disciplines who are based in Kenya and neighboring countries. In 2013, he was honored with the International Caring Award, whose previous recipients include the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, and Mother Teresa. This is his inspiring story.