Promoting Interfaith and Intercultural Collaboration for Peaceful Co-existence among Youth at Risk of Radicalization in Yumbe district

Faith to Action Network’s partner in Uganda is the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC). The organisation’s project Promoting Interfaith and Intercultural Collaboration for Peaceful Co-existence among Youth at Risk of Radicalization in Yumbe district aims to contribute towards reduction of extremism and radicalisation among youths in Yumbe district in the West Nile region. The project is mainly responding to a conflict between the majority Muslims and the minority Christians. The population of Yumbe is mainly Aringa sub-tribe of the Lugbara ethnic group (93%). The district is composed of 3 major faiths with Islam being the dominant (76%) followed by Church of Uganda and Catholics. The other faiths include Pentecostals, Baptist and Seventh Day Adventists who comprise a significant percentage of Christians in the area. Conflict in the area has taken a religious angle i.e. between Christians and Muslims. Therefore, the objectives of the project are to promote tolerance and peaceful co-existence among youths from different faiths and cultures in Yumbe district and to contribute towards reduction of faith and ethnic conflicts in Yumbe Town Council and Kululu Sub County in Yumbe district.

This is not Uganda Joint Christian Council’s first project in Yumbe. The organisation has in the recent past formed a partnership with other stakeholders and engaged the Yumbe community on the religious hostilities between Muslims and Christians. In 2015, Uganda Joint Christian Council had a project which sought to address the conflict and promote peaceful co-existence between the two faith communities. One of the partners was the Nile Dialogue Platform with whom Uganda Joint Christian Council partnered to implement an interreligious action to stop further hostilities and build sustainable peaceful relations between Muslims and Christians. The organisation even facilitated a consultative dialogue on harmonious co-existence in August 2015 in Arua town. Through the partnership, Uganda Joint Christian Council employed a unique approach which build a partnership between Muslims and Christian faith-based organisations and integrated peacebuilding and development. Uganda Joint Christian Council is using lessons learned from this project to guide the implementation of CRID in Yumbe.

As part of project preparations, a team from Faith to Action Network and African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace travelled to Kampala on 16-31 July orient the Uganda Joint Christian Council team to the to the grant requirements, EU rules and principles, review, quality and standards of the documents, and the contracting process. The organisation signed the subgrant agreement in August and started implementing the project in September 2018.

Most recent interfaith work in Uganda

  • This paper documents lessons and impacts of interfaith interventions which the Communities Richer in Diversity (CRID) implemented in Kenya and Zanzibar respectively. The CRID projects basically intended to leverage the influence of religions, faith leaders, religious actors, and institutions in fostering peaceful coexistence. The main aim was to promote interfaith collaborative activities as a mechanism

  • This paper argues that implementing interfaith activities between the youth of different religions, cultures, gender, and age contributes to peaceful coexistence. The paper asserts that increased interaction helps shape their attitudes and the intended behaviours because it increases their knowledge and understanding about the commonalities and differences between the various religious groups. Such interactions enhance