Alternatives to Violence Project
Alternative to Violence Programme (AVP) International Gathering was
held in Kakamega (Western part of Kenya) from the 14th to 20th
September. The overall goal of the AVP International Gathering was
to promote conflict resolution in the African continent through the
sharing of skills of non-violence and good human relationships. The
following specific objectives were all met.
a) Sharing skills, knowledge and best practices between diverse AVP
facilitators enabling all individuals to be more effective in their work.
b) Increase the sustainability of AVP in addressing problems of violence.
c) Broadening of AVP in its reach within the wider peace building community.
d) Develop the structural capacity of AVPI as a global resource centre
for training and development of peace builders.
and fifteen (115) participants arrived at the venue on Sunday 14 and
a total of 24 countries were represented namely:
was officially opened on Monday 15, by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner
for Western province of Kenya. He emphasized the Kenyan
Government’s commitment to non violent means of conflict resolution
and stressed that the gathering was taking place at an opportune time
just when Kenya was in need of healing after the country was plunged
into violence after the disputed December 2007 elections. The gathering
would therefore contribute to national healing.
proceedings were structured in plenary, workshops/interest groups and
home groups. Participants gathered in the plenary every morning
and every evening after dinner. A number of workshops/interest groups
were conducted through out the period of the gathering.
To download a
description of the workshops, please click here.