Event: Peacebuilding in Central African Republic

United States Institute of Peace

Peacebuilding in Central African Republic
The Views of Top Religious Leaders

November 10, 2014 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

U.S. Institute of Peace
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In the Central African Republic, the situation remains precarious as ethno-religious violence continues despite the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers. In this context, religious leaders committed to peacebuilding provide a particularly important perspective.

Please join us for a discussion with the highest-ranking Muslim, Catholic and Protestant leaders in CAR, Imam Omar Kabine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga and Reverend Nicolas Guérékoyame Gbangou. They will discuss their efforts to foster dialogue and social cohesion across religious dividing lines, and lay out a strategic vision for the future of the country. Their Interfaith Peace Platform works tirelessly to spread peaceful messages in villages nationwide, advises political leaders and shares a Central African vision of peace with the international community. 

Their work has been recognized by TIME, which placed them among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014, and by Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground Award, which they will receive later this year. The event is co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, Search for Common Ground and the Alliance for Peacebuilding. 

This event will feature the following speakers:

Imam Omar Kabine Layama 
President, Central African Islamic Community

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga
Catholic Archbishop of Bangui

Reverend Nicolas Guérékoyame Gbangou
President of the Evangelical Alliance of the Central African Republic

Maria Jessop, Moderator
Senior Program Officer, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, USIP

David Smock, Introductory Remarks
Director, Religion and Peacebuilding Center, USIP


This event will be webcast live beginning at 2:00pm ET on November 10, 2014 at www.usip.org/webcasts.


Please contact Asia Frotan at afrotan@usip.org with any general questions about this event.


Journalists should contact Allison Sturma at interviews@usip.org.

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