PartnersGlobal announces PEACE-WAY, a fellowship program intended to support aspiring peacebuilders in West Africa

PartnersGlobal, in partnership with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and with support from the United States Department of State, is launching the PEACE-WAY fellowship program for young peacebuilders in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, and Togo.

The goal of the PEACE-WAY fellowship is to enhance the knowledge, skill-set, and networks of young West African peacebuilders committed to the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts found within their own communities. The program strives to support these young leaders to implement practical solutions to promote peace.  

A cohort of 350 promising young changemakers will have the opportunity to participate in learning exchanges with national and international peacebuilding and conflict resolution experts. They will grow their professional networks within their countries, the wider West African region, and internationally. Among this cohort, a select group of PEACE-WAY fellows will be awarded seed funding to carry out their own innovative peacebuilding initiatives and participate in a two-day conference in Accra in November 2024.  The funding for this program is provided through the U.S. Department of State under the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability.

“We are honored to lead this regional initiative with the United States Department of State and our implementing partners in five countries. PEACE-WAY presents a unique opportunity to amplify the voices of young leaders who are committed to contributing positively to their communities and promoting peace. We look forward for PEACE-WAY fellows to share their knowledge and experiences, make regional contacts, and nurture their joint passion and commitment for a more peaceful world,” said Kyra Buchko, PartnersGlobal’s Co-Executive Director. She added, “Partners is deeply committed to supporting youth who are on the frontlines of bridging divides and building more peaceful societies for the future.”

PartnersGlobal advances peacebuilding and democratic resilience by promoting open civic space across the globe. Through authentic partnership and accompaniment, inclusive processes, and conflict sensitivity, we help to bring about more peaceful, secure, and accountable societies. For more than three decades, our mission and vision for a more peaceful and prosperous world has centered on the preeminent role of local leadership and locally led problem-solving. PartnersGlobal is implementing PEACE-WAY in partnership with the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) offices in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, and Togo. To learn more and contribute, please visit the PEACE-WAY Fellowship project page.